Lion King
 


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The Lion King
Friday & Saturday ONLY!  August 3 & 4   2 Shows on Saturday!
Starring the Voices of , Jeremy Irons & James Earl Jones

 

A Lion cub crown prince is tricked by a treacherous uncle into thinking he caused his father's death and flees into exile in despair, only to learn in adulthood his identity and his responsibilities.

 

After the rousing successes of The Little Mermaid (1989) and Beauty & The Beast (1991), Disney was clearly back in the blockbuster animated feature business.  The studio started using two teams to produce films simultaneously.  The team working on The Lion King was supposedly Disney's "team B," who were "kept busy" while "team A" worked on Pocahontas (1995), on which the studio had much higher hopes. As it turned out, The Lion King became a huge critical and box office smash, whereas Pocahontas met with mixed reviews and a much lower box office.  In 1994, The Lion King ended up being the highest grossing film worldwide and the second highest grossing film in the U.S. behind Forrest Gump.

 

Besides inspirations from William Shakespeare's Hamlet, the story also has elements of the Osirian family myths of Ancient Egyptian mythology. In the Osirian myths, the king (Mufasa/Osiris) is killed by his jealous brother (Scar/Seth) and the rightful heir (Simba/Horus) is sent into exile as a boy. The murdered king visits and mentors his son in ghostly visits and when the heir comes of age, he returns to exact revenge on his father's murderer.

 

Several character names are based on Swahili words: Simba lion, Nala  gift, Sarabi mirage, Rafiki friend, Pumbaa simpleton, Banzai skulk/lurk. Despite the fact that Zawadi is the Swahili word for gift, Nala's name does indeed also mean gift.

 

Friday August 3 7:30pm

Saturday, August 4 - 2 Shows at 4:00pm & 7:30pm

 

1994 Rated G | Runtime 1 hour 28 minutes