Date: 04/20/2023 at 8PM ET / 5PM PT
Where to Watch: Streaming on Disney+, Available for rental and purchase on Amazon, iTunes, etc.


The Disney Renaissance hit its artistic and commercial apex with an unlikely idea: an African-set musical adaptation of HAMLET featuring anthropomorphic animals. Opening with Elton John and Tim Rice's heart-swelling "Circle of Life", THE LION KING soars to cinematic highs with its lush animation, inimitable vocal performances, and some of the greatest music ever put on film (Hans Zimmer wrote the Oscar-winning score). Unlike many films of its ilk, THE LION KING trusts in the emotional intelligence of its audience, and it is in its wordless sequences that this cinematic masterpiece really taps into our primal emotions and evokes the best of silent cinema.


Rob Minkoff

Guest Bio:

Rob Minkoff is a filmmaker best known for directing such hit films as THE LION KING (with Roger Allers), STUART LITTLE, STUART LITTLE 2, THE HAUNTED MANSION, and THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM, among others.