a reply to: lakenheath24
I remember seeing The Lion King
when my kids were young. It was one of their favorite movies, and quickly became a favorite of mine as well. I
see it as a pinnacle of the quickly-disappearing cartoon age... the majesty of the scenes is unrivaled, the storytelling is riveting and fresh
(although yes, it has much in common with Hamlet... and Star Wars!), and the characters are familiar yet interesting.
3D animation and real-life has taken over much of the movie industry. That's not intended as a complaint; it is simply a fact. Computers are now
capable of handling the massive amounts of data that are required to create more realistic scenes from pure fantasy. I like 3D and real-life
animation... the latest Jungle Book
rendition, the real-life version, was absolutely amazing. 3D has brought us new classics, like
. I love them both, to the point I play around with 3D graphics here in my spare time. But that doesn't mean there is no place for the
nostalgia of the cartoon animation.
It does mean that cartoon animations that become classics will eventually graduate to 3D and real-life animation.
The trailers I have seen indicate to me that the new version is faithful to the original. Pride Rock still has the majestic look of Pride Rock, Simba
still looks and acts like Simba, and Mufasa still looks and sounds like Mufasa (thank you Disney for keeping James Earl Jones as the voice of the
mighty Mufasa; no one can compete with him). The majesty seems to still be there. I definitely plan on seeing this movie as soon as I can.
Dan Hassler-Forest, like so many confused and lost rebels looking for a cause, did not see fascism in The Lion King
... he saw fascism in
himself. Whenever one continually points out fascism and hatred no matter where they look, it becomes simply obvious to others (or at least should)
that they are seeing themselves... because no matter which way they turn, no matter where they go, the one constant in their experience is themselves.
It's the same with those who see racism at every turn... they are seeing themselves, because they are the only constant in their lives.
Hassler-Forest hates President Donald Trump. Period. He doesn't hate Trump's policies; he doesn't hate Trump's beliefs; he simply hates President
Donald Trump. That is his right, of course, but it should cause anyone who reads his hatred and vile to immediately discount him as any potential
source of information.
I learned that the hard way when Pocahontas
(the cartoon version) came out. It was lambasted by the right as a politically-charged propaganda
piece. I really like the story behind the legend, so I watched it anyway... and was pleased to see a well-drawn, well-presented, if infused with a bit
of writer's prerogative, movie. The same thing happened with Happy Feet
. And the same thing happened with Avatar
. Yes, these stories had
elements of some of the liberal agendas, but they were good, solid storylines well-presented. So will The Lion King
be, I hope and expect. My
beliefs are not so fragile that I fear watching a good fantasy movie will somehow turn me into a transgendered gay tree-hugging SJW. I would hope no
If anything, I expect to like the movie more now since a critic tried to destroy it. My opinion on movies is usually the exact opposite of what the
critics who initially receive press time think. You'd think that would tell them something, but alas... they can't seem to get away from themselves to