Gah, lost the post first time round.
Watched Lion King 2: Simba's Pride
, a direct to video alternative so no Elton John, visuals fine but lacks the brilliance of the original film, no Rowan Atkinson (Edward Hibbert plays Zazu) but rest of voice cast remain. Starts off with a really strange choice: Circle of Life scene but with worse music and worse visuals, way to advertise that! Comedy comes from Timon, Pumba and Rafiki, romance is meh, songs nice but only "We Are One" stands out as a really good song. The old characters fit well with the past and nice idea with Simba, other then the neutered Nala who now has no personality, new characters nice enough with the villains, led by Zira (Suzanne Pleshette), quite intresting.
Besides the bad idea for an opening, it opens quite well, building up the new characters, the villains particularly intresting, some decent music, a nice storyline building up. One has to ignore certain characters didn't exist in first movie but now have to believe that they were there all the time but if you can get past that, as it built up I was looking forward to seeing it all unfold. Alas once plans get under way, it seems to rely on quite a few characters being complete idiots rather then feeling well thought out, there are some clumsy moments and one promising character
gets really sidelined.
It isn't bad, fairly decent but was more promising then delivered.
“You, are a rebellious son who abandoned his father. You are a cruel brigand who murdered his lord. How can Heaven and Earth put up with you for long? And unless you die soon, how can you face the sight of men?”