The new correspondence is a faithful tribute to 1994 original, though a few outmoded analogies could well have been re-interpreted.
I have been grown watching Lion king and I could certainly relate this trigger to watch the transformation of Lion King with super-duper star-cast. This family-favourite movie came to life with sufficient awe-struck animation and visual achievements. Though it is being an uninspired shot-by-shot, a track-by-track remake of the original, it did not make full use of its supremely talented cast.
Be it established animation or synchronous photorealistic digital/computer animation, what has really worked for The Lion King is a sprinkling of animals. I am purposely not using the word humanising here because, as we are well conscious, it’s the animals who are at most times more cultured than the brutes that the sapiens has become.
There are consequences when you will be surprised if you’re watching a wildlife documentary in real, albeit with one big distinction. It’s all scripted with a story you’re familiar with, particularly if you’ve watched the 1994 version of Lion King. The cast performed well and was realistic in their approach to portray the animals’ characters. This version has great voice-overs in Hindi and in English that leave no room to emote besides the voice work.
The story we all know:
The Lion King is the king of the jungle and the story is about a lion cub’s journey to adulthood and its acceptance of his royal destiny. Simba – the cub starts his life as an honoured prince, who is the son of the powerful King Mufasa. Later in the story, the cub’s joyful childhood turns disastrous when his evil uncle Scar murders Mufasa and forces Simba away from the kingdom. In refugee, the young lion befriends the comically butterfingered pair of Pumbaa the warthog and Timon the meerkat and starts living a carefree jungle life. As he reaches adulthood, nevertheless, he is visited by the spirit of his father, who directs him to destroy the wicked Scar and restore his rightful throne. And all this came into life when Nala – his childhood friend pursues him to be back to the kingdom.
In The Lion King, there is a mixture of leadership styles (Real Leaders) and leadership injuries (Positional Leaders) that are represented through the characters.
Simba is the classic example of “psychodynamic procedure to leadership”, Mufassa is the description of “social exchange theory” and Scar blends him “the bad powers”.
There seems to be a focus on Simba’s feelings of guilt that may him deny himself, his family, best friends and his royal’s fate. Discovering that Scar murdered his father, he puts himself in resolution and unites all the characteristics of fundamental leadership notions (bases of power and master skills, characteristics, and behaviours) to become the Lion King and makes it an actuality
Ratings: 4 stars out of 5
Director: Jon Favreau
Voices of, Aasrani, Shreyas Talpade, Shernaz Patel, Achint Kaur (Hindi)
Run time: 118 minutes