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The Lion King 1 1/2 Review


Bad
In typical Disney, fashion, a major hit is followed by a direct-to-video quickie release. Only here's the catch: The Lion King already had a Lion King 2. Figuring the whole Simba storyline was tapped out, Disney goes back to the well with a third film following the lovable supporting creatures, Timon (voiced by Nathan Lane) and Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella).

Why "1 1/2 " instead of a "3"? Because, quite literally, there's no sequel here at all. In fact, there's virtually no new material at all, and those expecting more of the same should steel themselves for exactly that: more of the same.

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Teacher's Pet Review


Excellent
I have a hard time deciding whether or not I like Nathan Lane. Since he starred in The Birdcage almost a decade ago, he seems to have adopted an overblown, theatrical presence to whatever role he's playing. Call it Al Pacino Syndrome: when a talented actor finds success with a certain type of performance and then refuses to evolve regardless of the script.

That unwavering acting style can prove beneficial from time to time. Pacino's bellicose antics served him well in Michael Mann's overrated journalism epic The Insider and Lane's motivational speaker/Broadway crooner delivery proves to be a perfect fit in Disney's Teacher's Pet, an animated TV series that comes to the big screen with humor, heart and songs aplenty.

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The Lion King 1 1/2 Review


Bad
In typical Disney, fashion, a major hit is followed by a direct-to-video quickie release. Only here's the catch: The Lion King already had a Lion King 2. Figuring the whole Simba storyline was tapped out, Disney goes back to the well with a third film following the lovable supporting creatures, Timon (voiced by Nathan Lane) and Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella).

Why "1 1/2 " instead of a "3"? Because, quite literally, there's no sequel here at all. In fact, there's virtually no new material at all, and those expecting more of the same should steel themselves for exactly that: more of the same.

Continue reading: The Lion King 1 1/2 Review

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The Lion King 1 1/2 Movie Review

The Lion King 1 1/2 Movie Review

In typical Disney, fashion, a major hit is followed by a direct-to-video quickie release. Only...

Teacher's Pet Movie Review

Teacher's Pet Movie Review

I have a hard time deciding whether or not I like Nathan Lane. Since he...

The Lion King 1 1/2 Movie Review

The Lion King 1 1/2 Movie Review

In typical Disney, fashion, a major hit is followed by a direct-to-video quickie release. Only...

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