21 December 2011 | TheLittleSongbird
"From the day we arrived on the planet, and blinking stepped into the sun..."
I love Disney, and the Disney Sing-along series. And The Lion King is my second favourite Disney film after Beauty and the Beast. This Christmas gave me an opportunity to revisit these sing-along videos, and Circle of Life turned out to be one of my favourites. Circle of Life starts wonderfully, with one of the best and spirit-rousing beginnings of any Disney movie(my favourite is the one for The Hunchback of Notre Dame) in Circle of Life. I Can't Wait to be King looks just as vibrant and great fun, but Circle of Life gives me that extra something. Other highlights are the poignant Part of Your World, the fun and underrated Prince Ali, the jazzy Everybody Wants to be a Cat and Belle, which sets the tone of Beauty and the Beast beautifully. Anybody who loves Jiminy Cricket will find him every bit as likable and as thoughtful, and we are treated to Cliff Edward's immortal rendition of When You Wish Upon a Star from Pinocchio, one of the most inspiring and heart-melting Disney songs of their cannon, not to mention nostalgic. What makes Circle of Life not quite perfect? The added songs for me. Hakuna Matata is fine, but Yummy Yummy, W-I-L-D and Jungle Rhythm are forgettable and very unnecessary, at least in my opinion. Other than that, it is one of the best of this series and very close to perfect. 9/10 Bethany Cox