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I watched "The Lion King 1-1/2" yesterday. Comments follow in a cut:


I actually got this movie by accident, wanting TLK2. JessKat did a terrific page for this one on my AL website, so when I got it, I decided to give it a try. (TLK2 seems to have dropped off Netflix, so I have no idea if I will ever see that one!)

As everyone probably knows, TLK was far from my favorite Disney film - too many things about it disturbed me. This film had some of those disturbing elements. Like, how the HECK can anyone find it amusing to see characters eating living things, even if they are bugs?? Living things that are trying to get away, even, like the poor snail.

But getting past that, I was otherwise charmed by this film. It was done in a fun way, framed by a movie theater which Timon and Pumbaa at first have to themselves, although they are later joined by most of the Disney animated characters. The animation was good, and the music surprisingly good. (I was humming the tunnel song for hours after.) The story was predictable, but that never bothers me, and it had some great scenes. My fave was Timon pulling Simba's paw over himself like a blanket - just so cute!

So, overall, I really enjoyed the hour or so I spent with T&P. This movie is far less weak than the usual Disney sequel.

Comments

I'm glad to hear you liked the movie! For the most part, anyway. A couple of things in it bugged me (like the excess of flatulence jokes - at least in the original movie they were more subtle about it), but I liked the fact that Disney actually took one of their most ambitious, dramatic movies and poked some good-natured fun at it. Not only that, but they were able to wedge in some genuine character development and emotional moments too.

If you want my opinion, I think TLK 1½ is much better than TLK 2. Better animation, better jokes and much less predictable. TLK 2 isn't the worst Disney sequel out there, but it follows the "beloved main character from the first movie turns into an annoyingly over-protective parent" plot that plagues a number of them. I do like the fact that each TLK film is loosely based on a Shakespeare play. The first one is obviously based on Hamlet, the second movie on Romeo & Juliet and the third one resembles Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

An Australian friend of mine worked as an inbetweener on the movie and once sent me a genuine Timon sketch from it. It's one of my most prized possessions.
eeee! I *bet* that's one of your prized possessions!

Really, the more I look back on it, the better I liked the movie. It had that adorable wackiness of "The Emperor's New Groove" and "Lilo and Stitch", and plenty of heart as well.

Someone is bound to point out to you that R&G Are Dead isn't by Shakespeare.... But since I've never read the play, is this movie really like it?

I'm so glad I got this one, if it's so much better than TLK2. That was the luckiest mistake I've made this year!
I know R&DAD isn't really Shakespeare, I just lumped it in with Shakespeare plays because I was too lazy to say "except this one wasn't, of course".;P Perhaps I should've said "Shakespeare-related" instead.

I haven't seen/read the play either, the directors just pointed out that that was part of their inspiration for the movie, to keep some consistency between the themes of all three films. What little I know of it, the play is a sort of commentary on the events played out in Hamlet, from the point of view of its two supporting characters. This is Disney we're talking about, so direct comparisons between this movie and the play are probably quite useless. It's pretty much just a link between the two, nothing more.

You may have made this connection on your own, but the idea of shadows in a theater commenting on a movie looks suspiciously familiar if you've ever watched Mystery Science Theater 3000. I'm pretty sure that was another intentional wink on the creators' part.

*wears her MST3K icon for added geekiness*
LOL! Yes, I figured you knew about the R&GaD thing. I think it's cool how that was deliberately done. Whether or not R&G is a good play (and actually, I've heard it was), I'm glad it was written, just for this. hee!

Actually, I've never seen MST3K, so I did not make that connection. Thumbs down on my geekiness! And yes, I am sure it was intentional.
I was humming the tunnel song for hours after.

Gosh, that song gets stuck in my head for days and days... :)