The Lion King

[2.5 stars] [IMDb Link] [Amazon Link]

I loved the original animated version of The Lion King. Bought the VHS tape. Bought the DVD. Bought the movie soundtrack CD and the Broadway Cast CD.

And I like the idea of redoing the old Disney animations with live actors and a lot of CGI. Aladdin was fine. Beauty and the Beast was fine. The Jungle Book was fine.

But I didn't much care for this, for some reason. No people. Just talking (and singing) animals. Too weird? Is that a valid criticism for Disney movies? I wouldn't have thought so, but for whatever reason, this just didn't work for me.

I assume you know the plot: it's Hamlet, except different, and it's with lions instead of people.

And it looks fabulous.