The Circle of Life reviews
Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for The Circle of Life, a movie in Future World - The Land at Epcot.
Written by Robert Niles
Circle of Life opened in the Harvest Theater on January 21, 1995, as Disney looked to capitalize on the overwhelming success of its animated movie musical, The Lion King, grafting some of the movie's popular characters onto a nature documentary. Circle of Life follows Timon and Pumbaa, as they dam local rivers to create a lake for their planned "Hakuna Matata Lakeside Village." Simba points out that their actions are robbing other animals downstream of the water they need to survive. Then he really rubs it in by telling Timon and Pumbaa that they're acting like a bunch of human beings. Timon and Pumbaa learn the lesson and remove the dam, restoring the environment for all the downstream animals. (Disney animation fans were amused when the whole "dam-blocking-the-animals'-water" thing later became the major plot point in rival Dreamworks' Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.)
The message is good and the hand drawn animation is done well and fun but if you have seen it once you have seen it. In a park that has you sit in cinema's over and over again it's time there are more rides and less cinema's. - O T
This is an educational movie containing the "stars" of the Lion King movie. But don't get excited. While the attraction's purpose is good, its realization is rather poor. After a boring pre-show room and being confrontet with various environmental facts you enter the completely unthemed theater. The movie itself it quite ok. It tells you to care for your environment, while using some astonishing pictures alsongside the typical thundering musical score. Yet, it could have done a lot better by being a little more subtle. Overall, Lion King attractions are more than welcome, even with an educational wink. This one though really needs some work to be done to stay in the audience's mind longer than fifteen minutes. - Chris W.
Bit dull, but still in the spirit of epcot. - A. P.
Felt a bit like being in school, and not that many links to the Lion King. An air-conditioned theatre is a welcome break on a long hot summer's day. - Ben Price
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