I adored the film, and was brought to tears several times just by the exquisite animation alone. I appreciated that they eliminated a lot of the silly elements of the animated classic in favor of a darker, more serious film. There's still magic in the songs, and a lot of relief from the superb Timon and Pumba combination. I hope Disney develops a prequel to dive deeper into that intriguing back story they hinted at between Mufasa, Scar, Sarabi, Rafiki, and Shenzi.