‘The Lion King’ is the first Disney film to be based on original material as opposed to being an adaptation of a fairytale for instance. Seventeen people were involved in writing ‘The Lion King’. Although the plot is not based on an old tale, it does have echoes of other types of story. Many old stories are about the journey of the hero. In ‘The Lion King’, Simba is the hero and the story is told of his journey back to save the Pride Lands, to defeat his wicked Uncle Scar and take up his position as the rightful king.
Choose an animal of your own to be the hero of your story. Think about what type of character this animal will be and what sort of adventures they will have. When you are planning your story there are a few things you may like to think about:
– In ‘The Lion King’ no humans are involved. You may like to try the same thing with your story. Think about the different relationships and emotions of the animals in their society.
– The father/son relationship is particularly important in ‘The Lion King’. Mufasa tries to make his son Simba aware of the difficulties of growing up and taking on responsibility. He gives Simba advice, such as ‘There’s more to being a king than getting your way all the time’, and ‘Being brave doesn’t mean going looking for trouble’. Think about advice that your animal hero may be given by members of his/her family.
– When you are planning your story think about the route of the journey within the whole circle of life.