A Post columnist gives his opinion about the criticism of the film when it opened.
"The Lion King" is No. 5 all time on the box-office list.
This film won Oscars for Original Score and Original Song ("Can You Feel the Love Tonight?")
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'The Lion King'
The tale begins with the presentation of Prince Simba, son of Mufasa and queen Sarabi, to a mass gathering of creatures at Pride Rock, the center of the proud lion king's vast domain. Mufasa's brother, Scar, feels that he's been shoved to the end of the line. After he's foiled in his plot to slaughter Simba, Scar sets his sights on Mufasa himself, rigging the murder so that Simba sees himself as the culprit and runs off in disgrace.
Simba, who grows into an impressive young adult, is dominated by a pair of frolicsome creatures named Pumbaa (a warthog) and Timon (a meerkat) who
teach him to lie back and forget his troubles.
Simba's return to the Pride Lands is prompted by the arrival of his childhood girlfriend, Nala, who tells the
would-be king that he must return home and assume his rightful place on the throne. -- Hal Hinson