Simba and Nala roll over and pin each other a few times. As cubs this can be taken as innocent playtime, but when they are adults there may be sexual connotations, especially given the way they gaze at each other.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


The decade from 1989 to 1999 was called Disney’s “Renaissance”. Disney in this period not only got out of the previous box office haze, but also revived Disney’s own understanding of animated feature films: animated films are not only made for children, but should also be suitable for adults. The lion king, released in 1994, is arguably the most serious work in Disney’s history. Stripped of its relaxed comic elements and the lively cloak of its musical, the core of the lion king is an old and serious main story. Film critic Roger Ebert even called it “too cruel for young children to watch”.

Although the lion king is known as Disney’s first original screenplay, the reference to Hamlet in its story is obvious. The creative team also admitted that Simba’s life adventure was inspired by Shakespeare’s drama, ancient Greek mythology and even biblical stories. The three main characters in the film: Mufasa, the old lion king, Simba, the little lion king, and scar, the brother of the old lion king, are all direct replacements for the characters in Hamlet. Simba, like Hamlet, has “delayed” their revenge. Western scholars have interpreted Hamlet’s hesitation and foresight about revenge from the aspects of literature, philosophy, psychology and so on for hundreds of years. Especially in the 20th century, it was deeply influenced by Freudian psychology and paid special attention to the psychological motivation behind the interpretation of behavior, which deeply affected the later literary and film and television creation. In Shakespeare’s era, drama emphasizes the behavior of characters rather than the shaping of characters; Shakespeare’s genius beyond the times is also reflected in his plays. Through a large number of monologues, the audience can see not only the characters’ behavior, but also their psychological activities and motivation. This is very in line with the creative principles of modern film and television. In view of Hamlet’s Revenge procrastination, the lion king gives a simple, clear and reasonable psychological interpretation of Simba’s behavior: the scar design killed Mufasa, but Simba mistakenly thought that his fault killed his father, and then exiled himself due to a sense of guilt and grew up in evading responsibility. This adaptation makes the story of the Lion King more reasonable and smooth than Shakespeare’s original work.

In 1942, Bambi’s mother was hunted by a hunter in Disney’s animated Bambi the deer, which was rated as the saddest movie moment in American memory; In this film, Mufasa, the old lion, was killed by scar design, which undoubtedly became the “childhood shadow” of a new generation of Americans. Although Mufasa reappeared in the form of “ghost” in the second half of the film (a clear adaptation of the ghost of old Hamlet in Hamlet) weakened the tragic effect of death, we can still see the unexpected seriousness of the theme of the lion king ”Deception “these complex adult concepts are displayed in as harmless a way as possible. The screenwriter’s style accurately weaves Disney’s clear right and wrong view of good and evil into the complex human nature story of Hamlet. Simba’s story focuses not on” revenge “, but on” responsibility “and” growth “. In the end, although Simba defeated scar, he did not kill the usurped uncle like Hamlet – otherwise Simba would become a murderer – scar was killed by a group of hyenas because of his injustice. Unlike snow white and Cinderella, which are destined to end in comedy, the story of the lion king is still based on the heavy and ancient theme of “revenge”. Even if Simba finally defeated scar and regained the throne, it still can not hide the cruel fact of flesh and blood struggle. The re prosperity of glory stone is based on killing and anti killing. This makes the ending of the film different from the other classic happy endings of Disney: at the end of the film, Simba climbed the stone of glory in the rain with heavy steps in tragic music and inherited the devastated country, which is the expression of this regretful happy ending.

On top of this tragic theme of ancient Greece, the film is also intertwined with many subtle themes. The philosophy of reincarnation of life, derived from the opening music “endless life”, was told to Little Simba and the small audience in front of the screen through the mouth of the old lion Mufasa. The lion king in the title of this film is just a title. It can refer to Mufasa, Simba, or even scar. They are all the once lion kings on the African grassland. History advances in the replacement of kings from generation to generation, just like the reinterpretation of Hamlet from generation to generation in history. In fact, the restatement of Hamlet in the Lion King itself reflects the reincarnation of life.

The reason why classics become classics largely stems from the story mode of these classics, which is in line with the development of human history and human nature. In turn, these classics have shaped people’s psychological expectations in people’s word of mouth: people are used to the victory of justice over evil at the end of the story, the princess meets the prince, and the prince regains the throne History has become a classic in countless times of restatement and adaptation, exaggeration and imagination. In fact, throughout the history of film, those films most sought after by the audience often have such a well-known classic story model as the foundation.

Although the box office myth created by the lion king was refreshed by the later rising 3D animation such as snow and ice, the lion king has a perfect and authentic animation style, emotional music and Broadway style grand scene singing and dancing, the balance between serious topics and relaxed bridge sections, and the most important thing is its majestic epic temperament and the narration of eternal human topics, Make it a monument in the history of Western animation, and it is also the absolute Disney animation No.1 in the author’s heart

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