Dreams and Disney: Covering the Lion King

“Oh yes, the past can hurt. But from the way I see it, you can either run from it, or… learn from it.”

-Rafiki, Lion King (1994)

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The Lion King is a heartwarming classic Disney film that pulls on your heartstrings. From Simba’s birth to Timon and Pumba’s friendship, to Simba’s first love; it’s a movie that warms the heart. Not to mention the heartbreak of watching Simba trying to wake up Mufasa. This is a film that can bring tears to the viewer, not just me but many other people within the audience (see previously mentioned scene).

An IMDB reviewer shared the sentiment about the film, “I watched the film today and I have come to the conclusion that this Disney film is one classic that will keep on delivering to Disney fans like myself…TLK (The Lion King) is a wonderful film with great characters and songs with a powerful message that you can always find your way back no matter how hard the journey … I do believe that 2006 and many years from now The Lion King will Shine and still Roar with Success”.

With the new remake coming up, you can be sure that I will also be looking at the soundtrack of the new one and how it compares with Disney’s original. There’s already a comparison between the 1994 Lion King Trailer and the 2019 Lion King Trailer. It’s impressively similar. Beyond that, James Earl JonesHans Zimmer, and Elton John are the only people who worked on the original animated film. They will fill the roles, respectively, as the voice of Mufasa, the composer of the film, and songwriter. It’ll be interesting to see how everything else compares.

We’ll just have to wait until July 19 of this year to see for ourselves.

Though these aren’t the only The Lion King films. There are also The Lion King 1 1/2 and The Lion King 2, which each have their own fantastic soundtrack. But for now, we’re looking at covers of the soundtrack of the 1994 film; the original Disney The Lion King. Don’t get me wrong the ones that came after are hilarious and majestic but there’s something about the classics. Call it nostalgia.

For this segment of ‘Dreams and Disney’, it was hard to choose just one iconic song of the film. But I went with the “Circle of Life” because it’s the opening song and everyone (arguably) knows the song.

Alex Boye’s cover of ‘The Circle Of Life” featuring Loyaban Lemarti and Alisha Popat

Daniel J Edwards‘s cover of “The Circle of Life”

Matisyahu’s reggae cover of “The Circle of Life”

PelleK’s metal cover of “The Circle of Life”

Jonathan Young‘s cover of “The Circle Of Life”

Cat Rox’s EU Portuguese cover of “The Circle Of Life”

Lucid’s trap remix of “The Circle of Life”

Marit “Minniva” Børresen’s Italian cover of “The Circle of Life” featuring Charly Urso

Those were amazing remakes of the song, “The Circle of Life”. But the film’s soundtrack has so many amazing songs. Here are some amazing covers of the other songs within the soundtrack. It’s hard to leave out songs from such a great album. These are our honourable mentions.

Leo Moracchioli’s cover of “Hakuna Matata”

Tyler Ward’s Cover of “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”

Let me know what your favourite cover is in the comments below!!
And feel free to suggest more!

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