Monday, April 22, 2013


"Circle of Life" by Elton John and Tim Rice
as seen and heard in
The Lion King (1994)

"The Lion King," arguably Disney Animation Studio's last masterpiece (not counting Pixar titles), began with as iconic a fanfare as any film in memory. The opening cry in Zulu (by one Lebo M I've come to learn) kicks off the "Circle of Life," a number composed by Elton John with lyrics by Tim Rice. The song maintains a native chanting while bringing in English vocals for its Western audiences. We learn about this cycle of nature from the lyrics as we observe some of its mascots en route to Pride Rock. The progression is a wonder to behold and is still standout animation to this day, but the opening of this saga would hardly be as memorable without this renowned number. The song is powerful yet peaceful, which is precisely what a lion king ought to be.

This marks the first (of hopefully many) Movie Music Moment in an animated film that I've done. Share your thoughts on the "Circle of Life" or any other song choice. Look for more each Monday or peruse the previous Movie Music Moments through the associated label. Thanks for visiting The Film Tome!

1 comment:

Galyn said...

I love that song. Very inspiring.