Disney’s musical adaption of “The Lion King” has become the highest earning show in Broadway history. According to a BBC online article, “The musical has earned $853.8 million (£536.7 million) since opening in 1997. Its closest rival, The Phantom of the Opera, has made $853.1m (£536.3m).”
Has anyone else noted the comparison and contrast between the hero “Simba” of the Lion King and “Aslan” of CS Lewis’ “The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe?”
Wikipedia notes that the storyline of “The Lion King” was influenced by the biblical stories of Moses, Joseph, and William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet. CS Lewis’ version of The Lion King, Aslan, is a fictional parallel of “The Lion of the Tribe of Judah”.
The storyline and music of “The Lion King” are brilliantly entertaining, while the plot of Aslan is profoundly spiritual. One appears to present the longings of our own human nature. The second is heaven’s answer in the Lion who became a Lamb for us.