The Lion King
Sparkling animation, memorable music, and a plot worthy of Shakespeare make this Disney film a first-rate choice. When his power-hungry Uncle Scar convinces him that he is responsible for his father's death, a heartbroken lion cub flees his homeland and gives up his rightful place as heir to the throne. Alone in unfamiliar territory, Simba soon meets up with Pumbaa, a warthog, and Timon, a fun-loving meerkat, and the three companions lead a lighthearted and carefree life. When Simba, who has grown into a strong young lion, is finally reminded of his true responsibilities by a childhood playmate, he must decide whether or not to return home to reclaim his place as king and fulfill his destiny. Filled with timeless themes, endearing characters, and even a few laughs, this coming-of-age story will appeal to children of many different ages. The talented cast makes the most of the riveting script, and the award-winning score and original songs will have children singing along. While younger viewers may have questions about the twists and turns of the plot and the more subtle motivations of some of the characters, the exotic setting, exciting action, and all-out spectacle of the musical numbers will captivate them. A great pick for family viewing.