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4. The Lion King (1994)

"Like the filmmakers have often said, The Lion King was a serendipitous achievement; a lucky meeting of the right elements with the right story at the right time. Like the oft-compared Bambi, these characters are more than just cutesy animals - they are truly allegorical. We care about their fate because we see parts of ourselves in them. Filled with real drama, fitting humor, and simple truths, The Lion King didn't just get lucky - it hit the jackpot."

"Some recent Disney fare of the 1990s and 2000s has been enjoyable, but has generally lacked a certain 'something'. The Lion King has it all and undoubtedly will be loved as much in 50 years as it is today, truly the sign of a classic piece of animation. As the highest grossing traditionally animated film of all time it's easy to sum up: This one is truly The King."

"For me, The Lion King is even more powerful now, as an adult, than it was when I saw it as a kid. As I struggle to find my place in the world and define my identity apart from my parents, Simba's journey often reminds me of my own. When he places his tiny paw into the print of his father's, I relaize that I will never be half the man my father is. And yet, like Simba, I must realize that I will never lose the wisdom and guidance that my father has given me and that as a man, I must take responibility for my actions and confront my problems."

"When all the right elements of story, animation, scenery, and music come together you can form magic. Magical is the only way I can think of to describe The Lion King. As you laugh, you then wipe tears from your eyes. As the story of family unfolds you find your way back home and evil is overcome. This combination only proves that this is a timeless classic and is not to be missed."

"Without all the bells and whistles, The Lion King for me can be summed up simply by saying that after all these years, since I first watched it as a seven-year old, it still has the power to make me laugh, cry and most importantly, make me feel like i'm that kid sitting in the cinema, engrossed and without a care in the world."

"I can't really say anything that you haven't heard a hundred times over about this film and how truly great it is, so all I'll say is this... if you are going to be seeing The Lion King for the first time soon I really envy you, you're in for a treat!"

"The Lion King is a great film in many ways. First, there are no humans in the film at all. Second, "Circle of Life", "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" and "Can't Wait to Be King" were all performed greatly by Elton John. I also like Timon and Pumbaa's characters - they were both funny and great. Concluding with the best Disney film nationwide being heard in many languages."

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2-Disc Platinum Edition
Collector's Gift Set (with 9 signed drawings and book)
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