The Lion King
One of the most popular animated films of all time, this is a film about the bond between fathers and sons. It conveys a sense of how what fathers teach their sons stays forever, and is passed down from generation to generation. This is an especially timely topic in an era where the father-son bond has been undervalued.
The father dies saving his young son's life, and the son runs away to avoid taking on his father's responsibilities. In the end, the son must seek guidance from his father's wisdom, face his own guilt and take responsibility in order to save not only his family but his society.
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A heavy and timely topic indeed. But this film is popular because it is well made and enjoyable to watch. The young son is voiced by a prepubescent Jonathan Taylor Thomas of Home Improvement fame. The authoritative but loving voice of James Earl Jones provides for an excellent father (and King), and the impressive lineup of other stars whose voices you'll recognize includes Whoopi Goldberg and Rowan Atkinson (aka Mr. Bean).
This is one of those timeless films you and your kids really need to have experienced at least once. It's worth going out of your way to be certain that it happens.
According to Amazon.com, Disney has discontinued production of this and other Lion King DVDs, but Amazon.com is still taking orders until their inventory runs out.
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