A masterpiece of Disney animation, 1994’s The Lion King was released in only two theaters on June 15, 1994, with a wide release nine days later. Despite its limited release, the film still made over $1.5 million.
Overall, it brought in nearly a billion dollars and is the seventh highest-grossing animated film of all-time and third among Walt Disney Animation Studios releases behind Frozen and Zootopia. Zootopia? Really? The Lion King is one of only three movies made before 2000 in the top 50 highest-grossing animated films (Aladdin clocks in at #48, and Toy Story 2 at #50).
In case you hadn’t heard, a CGI-heavy “live action” film is set for a July release this year. James Earl Jones will reprise his role as Mufasa. The live-action remakes that I have seen so far have been inconsistent; even those that were good (such as Aladdin), I prefer the animated originals.
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We waited 16 years…for this?
And then there was Jar Jar Binks.
What was George Lucas thinking?
Yeah, that’s what he was thinking.
The Phantom Menace is now 20 years old. I’m glad George sold the rights to Disney, and I’m glad JJ Abrams gave us The Force Awakens in 2015 and will bring us The Rise of Skywalker later this year. Let’s not talk about The Last Jedi. Ever. Please. Thank you.