The circle of life is perhaps the most powerful scene from The Lion King. The song represented the peak of the Disney Renaissance in many ways. The sheer depth and scope that was put in every frame of animation can be seen. Across the past two decades, The Lion King has aged incredibly well, with 3D re-releases bringing new scale to the movie, and a Blue-ray edition that has been fantastic for home movie viewing.
It’s probably no surprise that an author named Ben from his blog viewsfromthesofa listed “The Circle of Life” as #10 in his top ten movie scenes. Ben perfectly describes the power of the song, and the tone it sets for the movie.
“There are few movies that open with goosebumps. The first scene of The Lion King is one of them though. The scene is effective and clear, telling a small story in of itself as well as setting the tone and foundation for the rest of the movie.”
Written and composed by Tim Rice and Elton, The Circle of Life won the Grammy award in 1994.