BY KENDALL ERICKSON
The movie: One of the most beloved movies to come out of the Disney renaissance, I don’t think there are many people out there that haven’t seen The Lion King. Based around Shakespeare’s Hamlet, The Lion King follows the story of young lion Simba, who is the future King of Pride Rock. However, his evil uncle Scar wants to be King as well, and this desire results in Scar murdering his brother (Simba’s father) Mufasa in the famous Disney scene in the gorge. Scar then convinces Simba that he is the reason his father died and tells Simba to “run away and never return.” Simba does run away and meets the lovable Timon & Pumbaa, whom he befriends. We then flash-forward when his old friend Nala finds him, and tells him that he needs to return and reclaim his rightful place as King from his evil uncle Scar.
The soundtrack: This soundtrack goes beyond just another one to add into your Disney collection. It was a #1 on the Billboard charts upon its release, and was nominated for four Academy Awards, winning two. Best Original Score for Hans Zimmer, and Best Original Song, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” for Elton John & Tim Rice. This is the kind of soundtrack that you blast when you’re driving down a highway or cleaning your house. It’s uplifting, original, and demands to be sung along to.
- “Circle of Life” by Elton John & Tim Rice
- “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” by Elton John & Tim Rice
- “Be Prepared” by Elton John & Tim Rice
- “Hakuna Matata” by Elton John & Tim Rice
- “Can you Feel the Love Tonight” by Elton John & Tim Rice
- “This Land” by Hans Zimmer
- “To Die For” by Hans Zimmer
- “Under the Stars” by Hans Zimmer
- “King of Pride Rock” by Hans Zimmer
(Just try to listen to “Circle of Life” without yelling the lyrics at the top of your lungs… I dare you.)[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aF4CWCXirZ8]