The Lion King Movie Analysis

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Theresa McDuffie
ENG 225 Introduction to Film
Instructor Jeremy Pilarski
October 8, 2017

Walt Disney’s film The Lion King (1994) is an animated, musical movie for children of all ages young and old. This story is about a young lion cub Simba who is being groomed by his father Mufasa, King of the Pride Lands to one day take his place as the next lion king. The film takes place in Africa and begins with Rafiki voice by (Robert Guillaume) the animal kingdoms Sharman on a journey to the Pride Land to present young Simba to the lion pride as their future king. The Lion King’s theme is “good vs evil,” the struggle to decide right from wrong. “While arguably formulaic, their often-traditional presentations of the world as a conflict between good and evil continue to resonate with silver-screen audiences” (Goodykootz & Jacobs, 2014, Ch. 4.2, para. 5). The movie The Lion King shows us the struggles that young Simba went through before accepting his rightful place as leader of his pride after the death of his father that was manipulated by his evil uncle Scar voice by (Jeremy Irons). The events in this movie are partnered with music, lighting, cinematography, and theme.
This movie is about a young lion cub coming to terms with his responsibility of being the son of a king. The lessons being taught to Simba are lessons he will need to rule over the Pride Lands for future use as he rules over his land. In the scene where Mufasa is teaching his son about the circle of life where all living things are connected the scene starts of at dawn when the start of a new day is still under the cover of night this shot is done in low-lighting. The “Cinematographer is responsible for ensuring there is enough light and typically designs the lighting “look" of a movie the cinematographer also allow low-key lighting design too looks dark overall by comparison. It is marked by the extreme use of deep shadows, with the very high contrast between the brightest parts of the scene and the darkest parts, which are obscured in shadows. Often there may be only a single source of light, coming from the back or the side of the main characters” (Goodykootz & Jacobs, 2014, Ch.6.4, para. 1). There are many dark shadows in the film and in
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