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BMZ Review: The Lion King (IMAX/Giant Screen/Large Format Edition)
By Ross Anthony


Raising Your Pride
Written by: Ross Anthony
Source: Ross Anthony's Hollywood Report Card
Date: January 2003


Category: Reviews

In short -- it's just as wonderful on the big (70mm) IMAX screen as it was on a conventional (35mm) screen. Too many years have passed since I viewed the 35mm print; but this one still looks smashing to me. Rich in color and color scheme contrasts, rumbling with rhythm, music, humor and deep emotion. I cringe at the site of Scar, smile at Rafiki and rise to believe in Simba - breathing in deeply the encouragement his story has for all of us.

Actually, about a year ago, I'd seen the stage play of "The Lion King" in Los Angeles. I think I enjoyed this IMAX version slightly better than even that. They both have their moments of magic -- but that wildebeest scene in the film -- that's cinematic greatness.

Having spent one wonderful year in Kenya myself, the peppering of Swahili in the script is certainly great fun to hear again. "Hakuna Matata" really does mean "No Worries," and Simba is the Swahili word for lion. Rafiki (the baboon) means "friend." And the later scene when Rafiki is swinging in the trees laughing "Asanta Sana Squashed Banana" -- "Asanta Sana" means "Thank you very much."

The Lion King in IMAX. Copyright © 1994/2002. Rated G.
* Starring the voices of Jonathon Taylor Thomas/Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Moira Kelly/Niketa Calame, Earnie Sabella, Nathan Lane, Robert Guillaume, Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi/Cheech/Jim, Madge Sinclair.
* Directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff.
* Screenplay by Mecchi, Roberts, Woolverton. Produced by Don Hahn at Disney. IMAX.


Copyright (C) 2003. 
Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.  For more reviews visit:

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