As another Disney film gets re told in live action form, I just had to check it out.
The Lion King is one of our family favourites and was the live action I was most worried about not liking.
I needn’t have worried!
From the opening sequence and the first bars of Circle of life you were literally transported to Africa and immersed in the landscape of the fictional Pride Rock.
The film is beautifully done and although there are some scenes which are pretty identical to the animation, Circle of Life being one, there are some fun additions or little twists to others to make it stand alone and not be a carbon copy of the original.
Couldn’t resist joining in with the crew!
The heart wrenching Mufasa death scene only feels more difficult in this version -it suddenly seems much more real. Tissues at the ready!
One of my favourite songs from the animation Be Prepared, has some lines altered and cut. However it felt right for the movie and didn’t spoil it for me.
The imagery is just amazing in the film and Hakuna Matata has a great update with references to the changes in Simba.
Seth Rogan and as Pumbaa and Timon are excellent as is the Lion Sleeps Tonight sequence.
Of course there’s a plethora of merchandise available, and we couldn’t resist a few wardrobe updates!
Shop Disney, ASDA and ASOS have some fabulous clothes for kids and adults 💜 we loved these swim shorts for my hubby which have a 80’s inspired print and they’ll be making a debut on our holiday. For the little ones there’s so much cute stuff but this Simba shirt has been a real hit with my boy.
There’s also talk of a special Lion King key from Disney stores so I’m keeping an eye on the Shop Disney social media sites.