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The Lion King (IMAX/Giant Screen/Large Format Edition)

bigImage This classic 1994 Disney film is being reformatted for 70mm ('Big Movie') screens.

Synopsis: A heroic coming-of-age story, following a young lion cub, Simba, from childhood to adulthood.

The Lion King Production Notes

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Lion King: Circle of Life [Real 300 K]

Lion King: Trailer [Real 300 K]

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A Walt Disney Picture. Producer: Don Hahn. Directors: Roger Allers, Robert Minkoff. Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution.


BMZ Reviews:

Raising Your Pride By Ross Anthony

Outside Reviews:

"Lion King (IMAX)" By Scott Chitwood,

"The Lion King: The Imax Experience" By Brian Orndorf,

"For the IMAX 'King,' bigger is better" By Billy Norris, St. Petersburg Times Online

"Simba supersized" By Jami Bernard, New York Daily News

"'Lion King' even better on IMAX screen" By Sandra Barrera, Daily Bulletin

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BMZ User Reviews

Latest Review:

Rating: Excellent
Posted by: Guest
Being your typical everyday 24 year old man, my favorite movies are Disney movies. Particularly one of my all-time favorite Disney movies is The Lion King. Not only it is a great family movie, but has a wonderful lesson at the end. If you’ve never watched it you are really missing out. The Lion King was produced by Walt Disney and directed by Roger Allers. It is influenced by the biblical tales of Joseph and Moses and also the Shakespeare plays of Hamlet and Macbeth. It was first discussed in 1988 but wasn’t released until 1994. The actors include the voices of; Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Moira Kelly, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Rowan Atkinson, Robert Guillaume, Madge Sinclair, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin and Jim Cummings . It is a wonderful animated family film that takes place in the grasslands of Africa. It is a bittersweet tale of a young lion cub, Simba, torn away from his family during a very unfortunate turn of events and growing up his whole life away from his family with a warthog and a meerkat. Simba is confronted by his father’s spirit and encouraged to go to his family, who think he’s dead, and take his rightful place as king. He contemplates the situation and meeting up again with his childhood friend, Nala, Simba proudly but reluctantly returns to his kingdom. After seeing the horrifying state of his kingdom in which his vindictive uncle Scar creates, Simba knows in his heart he must do something. He knows he will no longer turn his back on his responsibility again. If there is something I like in a movie, it is one with a good strong moral that both adults and children can relate to. Never turn your back on your responsibilities and doing what’s right is what this movie is all about. The director does a great job both following Simba and the current situation of Pride Rock, Simba’s former home place, on the outcome of putting the kingdom in the wrong hands. Simba doesn’t anticipate the damage is being done because he thinks that he has done the right thing to save everyone from disappointment and heartache. But in reality, it is slowly being destroyed. It also mentions other things like “the circle of life.” This movie has a very happy, upbeat mood with fun music that periodically happens throughout the film. Each song specifically captures the intent on every situation. At times though a sad more depressing mood takes over when the situations become more dark and depressing as the event of the deteriorating Pride Rock are brought to the surface. The perspective the director of The Lion King is intending for the audience to be is an outsider looking in verses a character in the movie. In doing this the audience gets to see the story unfold from both sides. This way, the audience is informed on the whole situation and isn’t just left to make assumptions. Although it is interesting at times to be part of the movie, I like the fact that this movie is sort of like an animated documentary with all of the different kinds of animals from lions and elephants to giraffes and hyena’s. I like the different perspectives he uses by both zooming in on the individual animals and showing the “big picture” of all of the animals and how they depend on one another. I can’t really say that there isn’t anything in the movie that I particularly disliked. From the actors voices and the transition of the characters from young to old to the artwork of the animation and lessons and morals it taught. This film was a great way to include everyone in the whole family. With blooming romances to funny jokes, this movie has something everyone would like. I loved the way that the nice guy finished first for a change and the happy ending. This movie is so good it has been brought to Broadway, rereleased in 3D and received an average critic score of 83 out of 100 . Now that I have children of my own I have an excuse to watch it again and again. ... Read More >>

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