Linda Woolverton

The Lion King (1994)

The Great Movie Re-Watch

The Lion King (1994)

Director:

Roger Allers

Rob Minkoff

Writers:

Irene Mecchi

Jonathan Roberts

Linda Woolverton

Starring:

Rowan Atkinson

Matthew Broderick

Niketa Calame-Harris

Jim Cummings

Whoopi Goldberg

Robert Guillaume

Jeremy Irons

James Earl Jones

Moria Kelly

Nathan Lane

Ernie Sabella

Jonathan Taylor Thomas

Blurb:

Lion Prince Simba and his father are targeted by his bitter uncle, who wants to ascend the throne himself.

Thoughts:

This is definitely the golden age of Disney. The songs and animation are top-tier. I wish they made 2D animated movies like this still. I actually have a little card of Mufasa roaring that I got from McDonald’s when the movie first came out. I can not tell you why I kept it all this time, except that I was unable to suppress my hoarding tendencies when it came to it.

Anyway, I started watching the movie on Disney+ because I’m lazy but because of my connection the sound kept getting out of sync. So I switched to my blu-ray. The quality was incredibly noticeable and I started comparing it to The Beauty and the Beast. I highly recommend watching this in physical format if you have the option. The movie is beautiful.

Elton John did the songs and Hans Zimmer did the score, I’m not sure if you could get a better combo than that. To this day I will randomly start singing these songs. I used to play Can You Feel the Love Tonight on my recorder. It’s my mom’s own damn fault for buying me the Disney recorder and music set.

I chose to watch this movie with my kids because I felt that Mufasa’s death was a good next step in the trauma of kid’s movies. There were tears and screaming. Lots of questions about why I would subject them to this, but hey, at least it wasn’t My Girl.

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Great Movie Re-Watch

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Directors:

Gary Trousale

Kirk Wise

Writers:

Linda Woolverton

Brenda Chapman

Chris Sanders

Burny Mattison

Kevin Harkey

Brian Pimental

Bruce Woodside

Joe Ranft

Tom Ellery

Kelly Asbury

Robert Lence

Starring:

Robby Benson

Jesse Corti

Rex Everhart

Angela Lansbury

Paige O’Hara

Jerry Orbach

Bradley Pierce

David Ogden Stiers

Richard White

Blurb:

A prince cursed to spend his days as a hideous monster sets out to regain his humanity by earning a young woman’s love.

Thoughts:

Beauty and the Beast is the best Disney 2D animated movie. Fight me.

It was always my favorite, but the remaster done to it is phenomenal. The colors pop, especially in the opening story. It’s visually beautiful and has some of the best songs Disney has ever produced.

Yes, Belle is a bit of a bitch. She’s all I’m better than these country folk. I want adventure. Then complains during her entire adventure and in a massive castle only wants to go to the one place she’s not supposed to. The Beast basically buys her love with the library that I judge all libraries against. I’m not aware of many women who wouldn’t love him after that gift.

Gaston and the blond triplets are a bit of a yikes too. Gaston makes an excellent villain because he wants to control Belle completely and has no concept of people having their own wants and desires. The triplets are, well, let’s be honest, they’re heaving bosoms in a kid’s movie. Personally, I enjoy looking at them, but it doesn’t teach our children anything good about women.

The ending where the Beast turns back into a human is a bit of a letdown since the man isn’t as attractive as the Beast. Why is he so smooth?? Gaston has chest hair. Why can’t the Beast???? Come on, please, he was a beast, surely in human form he’d be closer to a lumberjack than a pretty boy.

There’s lots to love about Beauty and the Beast. It’s one of my favorite movies and currently sits in the top ten of my favorite movies in the list I’ve been making through my re-watch. I should probably share that list at some point…