FILM TITLE: THE LION KING
GENRE: ADVENTURE, ANIMATION , FANTASY
CONSUMER ADVICE: PG V
DISTRIBUTOR: FILMFINITY (PTY) LTD
DIRECTOR: JON FAVREAU
MAIN CAST: JAMES EARL JOES, CHEWETEL EJIOFOR, BEYONCE
LANGUAGE: NONE
NUDITY: NONE
PREJUDICE: NONE
SEX: NONE
VIOLENCE: Fairly frequent low impact fantastical violence with no noticeable effects
BLASPHEMY: NONE
DRUG ABUSE: NONE
COMMENTS: The material contains complex and mature low impact themes presented in a context of a musical drama. Negative themes explore being a disgruntled and jealous uncle fighting to be a king, unforbidden land, disobedience, losing a loved one through death, conflicts, mistrust, betrayal, being a ruthless king, brotherhood rivalry, disrespect of royalty, grief, disappointment, deceit, being wrongfully accused of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and manipulation of Scar to Simba. Negative themes are mitigated by positive themes of good prevailing over evil, Simba retaining his rightful place as a king, being a responsible leader, protection of the kingdom, peace, positive father and son relationship, wisdom, family love and support, positive friendships, being disciplined, courageous, brave, reunion and unity. Themes have a low sense of threat and menace. Themes of manipulation, betrayal and death could be are likely to be confusing to much younger children who may have an emotional attachment and identification with the characters. Parental supervision is recommended to contextualize negative and positive themes themes to much younger children.