Disney Shakespeare & Stoppard
While most of the Disney sequels of the late ’90’s and early, uh, whatever this decade is, felt like uninspired cheap knock-offs designed to leech off the original movie’s popularity without creating an interesting movie on their own (I’m looking at you, Return of Jafar!), The Lion King 1 1/2 was actually a pretty good movie in its own right (and better than The Lion King 2). Then it occurred to me. One of the reasons The Lion King works so well is that it’s basically Hamlet with lions. And one of the reasons The Lion King 1 1/2 works so well is that it’s just Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead with a meerkat and a warthog, at least conceptually speaking. This may seem obvious in hindsight, but I thought it an interesting comparison when I came up with it. I wonder if it was intentional.