First of all, the semi-anthromorphic characters are so well done it is possible to think of them as people and even more. Just look at the poster above.
Secondly, the story is gripping and the musical singing helps it along. My favourite was "Be Prepared" and its deleted reprise(it took place during the scene where Scar tells the pride that Mufasa and Simba are dead).
The movie is somewhat based on Hamlet with its story, but adapts it wonderfully into a story of its own. It is a masterpiece of animation, pure and simple. My favourite characters were personally the hyenas, especially Shenzi cause they constantly made me chuckle. I also liked Simba, a very very relatable character who was really cute(in a platonic way, I'm male). Of course, cubs are cute in the real world too so that's normal.
My only real problems were the fact that besides Simba and Nala, there were no cubs. And besides Mufasa and Scar, there were no males. It didn't really make sense to me.
The comedy pair, Timon and Pumba were hilarious and their Hakuna Matata song should be my philosophy. Too bad the world doesn't work that way.
Rowan Atkinson as Zazu. ROWAN ATKINSON. That was incredible and the guy is as awesome as always and his serious attitude reminded me of his role in Blackadder.
The relationship between Simba and Nala was a bit sudden but considering lion society works different from ours, I can see why. They were really perfect for each other.
And so I ask the many-asked question: What happened with their son(Kopa)?
This movie can be watched by toddlers to pensioners. It never loses its charm.