Somewhere in the ivy covered halls of The Walt Disney Company’s Burbank Headquarters is a person whose job it is to continue to add up the dollars that The Lion King animated film and all the various products and properties that have derived from that great film continues to bring in since its debut in 1994. They’re probably busier than you think.
One of the ways The Lion King stays alive is through the passion of its fans. Dozens of sites like The Lion King Source gather fans together to share their love of the film. I enjoyed the Broadway show. I still cry during the finale of The Lion King Celebration at Animal Kingdom (and not just because they stole the floats from the parade at Disneyland). In fact, I wouldn’t mind it if WDAS paid another visit to the savannah friends of The Lion King, as long as it wasn’t another cheap-quel in the Eisner mold. How about you?