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Movie Review: The Lion King 1½

Saturday, November 18, 2006
Last night I saw the movie The Lion King 1½ at a post-Hell-Week party. A classmate of ours brought her daughter to this party and we put the movie on. They had to leave ten minutes after it started but the rest of us ended up watching (and finishing it!)

The movie was quite enjoyable. I felt really clever for realizing that it was essentially a Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead to the original Lion King's Hamlet. (Yes, they put this in the movie trivia for the film on imdb, but I still realized it independently first!) It's the story of Timone and Pumbaa's story as they weave in and out of the original Lion King's storyline. Pure genius!

Of course, as movies go this lacks any of the depth of the original film. As one of Disney's trademark direct-to-video sequels, this is very inoffensive as it is definitely designed for the young ones. While the first film had dark themes (and even death!), this one is a lighter comedy that adults might enjoy - though probably not as much as they'd enjoy a Pixar film.

The final word on this film? Clever in many ways, but ultimately only bother seeing it if you've seen (and loved) the original or if you have kids in the 3 to 7 age range.

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