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20 Years Later, How The Lion King Changed Feature Animation Forever

IGN: On June 15th, 1994, The Lion King entered wide release in North America, and it set the world on fire. A retelling of William Shakespeare's Hamlet through the lens of a nature documentary crossed with the finest of Disney tradition, it was the animation studio's first modern blockbuster. It's story is so well known as to be a part of the culture, telling the coming-of-age opus of lion cub Simba who goes through trials and tribulations to take his father's place as king. It has characters and songs everyone in the world knows, with characters like Timon and Pumba as ubiquitous as the songs Circle of Life and Hakuna Matata.

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