AT THE MOVIES (March 16, 2023)

Are you ready to go to the movies? Me too! You’re gonna need your popcorn and candy for this one! 🍫 🍿

Welcome to the wonderful world of Disney!

You don’t have to be a child to enjoy an animated movie, a fact I was reminded of after my grandchildren came along. Animation is a whole different ballgame from those early days of my childhood.

The song I’ve chosen for you today is “Circle Of Life” from Disney’s 1994 film “The Lion King”, the highest-grossing traditionally animated film of all time. The movie received two Academy Awards, as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

Now it’s time to release your inner child and enjoy “Circle Of Life”.

I thought that was fantastic and so did my 3-year-old granddaughter who gave it an enthusiastic 👍🏼.

Now for the (easy) question of the day:

“Which dynamic duo from England wrote the music and lyrics for “Circle Of Life”? Any guesses? Check in next week to see if you answered correctly.

Don’t forget to tune in on Saturday to see what Pete’s got planned for us in The Culture Club. Thanks for getting together At The Movies; next time, snacks are on me!

See you on the flip side.

I’m The Sicilian Storyteller

NAR © 2023


      1. Actually, Elton’s longtime lyricist partner Bernie Taupin didn’t write the ‘Lion King’ lyrics. It was Tim Rice, who wrote lyrics for Andrew Lloyd Webber (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita) before becoming Disney’s go-to lyricist.

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        1. That is correct, Mitch. Deb got half the answer right (by naming Elton) but Keith got both names correct, as did you. If you scroll down a bit to Keith’s comment, you’ll see I gave him a virtual A+ for answering correctly. 😂
          Nice to see you here At The Movies!

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  1. No clue. Never seen it. Actually I railed away from anything animated because when my daughter was growing she watched nothing but cartoons, nonsense like Spongebob Squarepants, never a real person. That can’t be healthy.

    I believe I saw a musical version of the Lion King once but I can’t say any of the songs left any mark.

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    1. Well, that’s really too bad, Pete. Most (if not all) animated movies today are cinematic works of art but beyond that, there’s a valuable life lesson to be learned from each one and there’s not a damn thing wrong with that.
      I grew up with mindless cartoons where the characters chased each other around and beat each other senseless; there wasn’t one redeeming aspect about any of them except for the ones that included classical music.
      Some day when you’ve got a little time to spare, settle in with a movie like The Lion King, Moana or Mulan. I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised and highly entertained.
      And you’re right about Spongebob!

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  2. I say bring on animation films. I l o v e them!
    I am afraid I don’t know the answer and my AI pal wasn’t not available for me to cheat😆🤓

    Animation films and their music have definitely won a place in an Section titled At the Movies!📽🎬

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    1. Yes, bring them on! All my grandkids love them as do my sons, their wives and even Mr. Bill! They are great entertainment for all ages.

      Deb was 1/2 correct in her answer; that’s all I’m gonna say at this point. Let’s see if anyone else come up with the other half.

      Grazie, Nicolo! 🎈

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  3. I suppose I’m going get an earful about this … but I’ve never seen it, and I’ll quite happily live out my remaining years without contributing to that money-spinning-commercial-monster-Disney-Pixar-Corporation.

    All of my grandchildren, 4 of them at various ages, went into a whine if they didn’t have the DVD movies or CD soundtracks in the car, and the toys and dolls and dress-up costumes and tiaras and mermaid fins and bathing suits and bedsheets. And all of this tat is outrageously expensive. So, no, I’ve not seen it. Now that doesn’t mean that I’d dislike it if I did see it, but it does mean that I’m not comfortable supporting such a huge money-making machine that turns out tatty merchandise.

    I think Elton John was involved, and won some sort of award for it. Not sure about the other person.

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    1. Oh wait! There is one I like. That one with the elephants dressed in tutus and dancing to Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Fantasia, I think it’s called. Saw it as a kid and loved it.

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      1. It’s really hard to beat a bunch of tutu-clad elephants dancing to the tune of the Sugar Plum Fairies. Yes, Fantasia … our introduction to classical music. I can still picture Mickey Mouse in his purple wizard’s outfit. A masterpiece! ✨

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    2. But how do you really feel, Misky? 😂
      You’re a brave woman! May the force be with when you meet up with your grandchildren in Disney World in December! Main Street in the Magic Kingdom could be the road to perdition! 🤣


      1. Magic Kingdom is at the bottom of my list. Kennedy Space Center is at the top. I’ll do Magic Kingdom once for the little ones because I’m not a complete ogre. Universal is also high up to list; Hogwarts in particular. When we do family get-togethers, we always do our own thing and meet up again for meals.

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        1. I’m with you! Hogwarts and Universal are fabulous and the space center is not to be missed! One day in the MK is enough for me, two days tops. Avoid Small World at all costs; it’s been rumored to be seizure-inducing! 🤣


          1. I usually excuse myself from Small World. When we lived (many years ago) in Southern California, everyone who came to visit us wanted to go to Disneyland. I’ve done the whole Disney thing to death. As it turns out, John and Gabi say they only want to do DisneyWorld for one day as it’s (1) too expensive, and (2) it’ll wind-up the little ones too much. As for the Space Center, I can remember sitting at a manual Remington typewriter with a telly in the office, and we all watched the moon landing. In my lifetime, a wondrous number of things have happened.

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