Lion King is a great movie, with cool characters, fun songs, gorgeous backgrounds and the Disney stamp of approval. It is also a movie that I have heard being compared to Hamlet one too many times. Do I agree with that? Well, would I be posting about it if I agreed? Lion King reminds me of a Shakespearean play, that is true. The play in question being Richard III. So am I right? Let’s see!
|Lion King||Hamlet||Richard III|
|Queen still living||Yes||Yes|
|Comic relief duo||Yes|
|Fight scene climax||Yes||Yes|
|Monologue with a skull||Yes|
|Uncle attempts to kill nephew||Yes|
|Brother killing brother (for throne)||Yes||Yes|
|Land going to hell||Yes|
|Nephew killing uncle||Yes|
|Uncle employing unsavoury characters||Yes|
|Annoying satellite character to the king||Yes||Yes|
So, there you have it! Lion King is more like Richard III than Hamlet and the numbers agree with my (not so) humble opinion… Hmmmm, maybe I should have added “snarky villain” on the list too…
What do you think?