– The unofficial Lion King archive

lionking.orgRunning since 1995, this unofficial site is entirely devoted to collecting and putting together general information and resources linked to the Lion King movie or musical show. Though the site is not state-of-the-art in terms of design and the content is updated every once in a while, it still is a good source for pictures and fan art, as well as original scripts, lyrics and information on shows venues and dates, plus it provides an insightful view of the online community of the Lion King fans, which is not as reduced as one would be inclined to think.

Plus it has a funny thing, too: each time you enter the page it will give you a quote by one of the characters in the movie, but possibly best of it all is a rather dubious inter-textual exercise the developers call “Lion King sightings”, which basically consists of anthologizing other cartoons, plays, movies, songs or tv shows that make a reference to The Lion King. In Their Own Words

“Welcome to The Lion King FAQ. For those readers who don’t know, if that’s possible, “The Lion King” is the biggest (as of September 1995) animated Disney film in history, and in the opinion of many, their best ever. Most people who haven’t been living on Neptune for the last few years know what the plot of “The Lion King” is, but for those who need a refresher… here is the plot as found in the Film Notes, originally from the Buena Vista Productions website:

The Lion King” follows the epic adventures of a young lion cub named Simba as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destined role as king of the jungle. As a carefree cub, he “just can’t wait to be king,” and spends his days frolicking with his pal, Nala. His father, King Mufasa, the revered ruler of Pride Rock and the lands that surround it, teaches him about the “circle of life”—the delicate balance of nature which bonds all animals together—and cautions him to prepare for the day when he will be called upon to lead. Mufasa’s evil brother, Scar, hopes that day will never arrive and schemes to do away with the king and Simba so that he can assume the throne for his own tyrannical purposes. He and his hyena henchmen—Shenzi, Banzai and Ed—lure Simba into the path of a wildebeest stampede in which Mufasa is killed trying to save his son.

Scar convinces Simba that he is responsible for his father’s death and urges him to run far away from the Pride Lands and never return. A frightened and guilt-ridden Simba flees into exile where he is befriended by a wacky but warmhearted warthog named Pumbaa and his free-wheeling meerkat companion, Timon. Under the dubious guidance of this nature’s odd couple, Simba adopts their “Hakuna Matata” (no worries) attitude towards life, living on a diet of bugs and taking things one day at a time. The cub matures into a young adult and is able to put his past behind him until a beautiful young lioness, who turns out to be his childhood friend Nala, arrives on the scene. She tells him of the hard times and suffering that have come to the Pride Lands under Scar’s reign and beseeches him to take his place as king. With the help of Rafiki, a wise shaman baboon, Simba realizes that his father’s spirit lives on in him and that he must accept the responsibility of his destined role. In a climactic battle with his uncle and an army of hyenas, Simba attempts to reclaim his rightful place in the “circle of life.”

Why It Might Be A Killer

The reason as to why might become a killer startup may have to do with the upsurge of “vintage” sites that can in some way mirror the old-times, amateur-crazed project the internet used to be.

Some Questions About

Old-times flavor can at times look like frozen-in-time stench. How come I get a complete list of lyrics but no possibility to download the music itself? Also, if they choose to keep the vintage look, they might as well make a profit out of it and get a store running in order to sell collectibles and memorabilia, and thus finance the site.