Holly on Hollywood – The Lion King

Holly on Hollywood
“The Lion King”
by Holly McClure

THE LION KING remake is the same story as the 1994 original about King Mufasa (voiced by James Earl Jones), Queen Sarabi (Alfre Woodard) and their cub and future king, Simba. Mufasa’s brother Scar is jealous of Mufasa and plots to kill both father and son in the path of a wildebeest stampede. Simba is saved by Mufasa, who is then killed by Scar. He runs away to avoid being blamed for his death and meets a meerkat Timon (Billy Eichner) and his warthog best pal, Pumbaa (Seth Rogen), who later convince a grown Simba (Donald Glover) to return home and challenge Scar for his rightful throne.
The PG computer-animated remake is definitely darker and more realistic than the original, making it best for kids 8 and up. The hyenas are creepy looking, the tragic death of Mufasa is emotional and sad for little ones, and the fight scenes are realistic and scary with several deaths. There are also lighthearted moments with adorable baby Simba and plenty of charming and funny scenes from Pumbaa and Timon, including a few humorous fart scenes. Fans will enjoy the familiar legendary songs, including Beyoncé’s new song, “Spirit”. But the most impressive for me was the visually stunning effects and breathtaking scenery that is so realistic, you would swear you’re watching real animals in their natural habitat. The cast is impressive in each of their roles but my favorite is the reprisal of Jones as Mufasa, with his magnificent fatherly voice of comfort and power guiding the story. Parents, you may need to discuss the scene where Simba loses his father, which is even more realistic and tragic than the animated version. Don’t listen to the negative criticism, I thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful remake that will become a favorite classic to a new generation (and old) of Disney fans.
“Remember to Choose Your Movies Wisely”

~Holly On Hollywood~


Holly McClure is a multimedia personality with a career that spans over 20 years in the entertainment industry. Her background as a film critic, film and television producer, creative writer, filmographer, radio and television host, author, and pundit for family values, has established her media expertise and made her a recognized advocate for family-friendly entertainment. Holly was the first ‘family film critic’ syndicated in over 365 newspapers by The Orange County Register. Her “Holly on Hollywood” movie reviews have been featured on various media outlets and can now be seen on Uplift TV, Parables movie channel, and thelaundrymoms.com.

In 2002, Holly was asked by Mel Gibson to film the behind-the-scenes interviews for “The Passion of the Christ”. She produced a one hour special, “The Making of The Passion of the Christ”, that aired on TBN and ION. She has since produced numerous press features for various films (The Passion Of The Christ, Do You Believe, Dancer and the Dame, God’s Not Dead, The Frontier Boys, etc.) and is listed on IMDB .

Holly is a charter member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and serves on the advisory boards of The Dove Foundation and The Parents Television Council. She is a proud mother, grandmother and mentor, passionate about supporting and creating life-changing entertainment!

For more information visit Hollymcclure.com or IMDB.com

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