I love movies. I am a traveler. I love movies that take me to other places in the world. Sigh.

Our Good to Go Gang enjoys going to the local cinema once a month (or twice!) to see a movie together. There’s just something wonderful about sitting in a cool, dark theater with a sack of popcorn on your lap and cold drink in hand that just can’t be reproduced in your living room. Sharing the experience with dozens of other people allows the emotions to soar a bit. It’s easier to laugh out loud. And sensing that others are wiping away tears or gripping the arms of the chair, we multiply the feelings. Sigh.

I’m going back to Africa next week. Come go with me. Disney has released their latest remake, The Lion King. Before you bail on me here, let me tell you what you should know about this “kids cartoon” in case you’ve missed it.

The short version is that this cartoon inspired a broadway musical that inspired the planet, that inspired a remake of the movie.

The longer version is that the 1994 Disney animated film wowed the world with music by Elton John and Tim Rice and a musical score created by Hans Zimmer. It was the biggest box office hit of 1994. It was also the best selling film on home video and I’d be surprise if you didn’t have one of the 30 million VHS tapes in a box somewhere. Anyone that that was around a child under 13 knows the words to “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and it’s not because they survived the 60’s.

Move on to Broadway, there have been musicals based on movies, the best ones have been Disney stories especially the biggies that were remade during what is known as the Disney Renissance. You know, Mary Poppins, Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, those biggies.

The musical premied in 1997 where it is still running with over 100 million people seeing the show. The Lion King earned numerous honors including six Tony’s, one for Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical, making director Julie Taymor the first woman to earn such an honor. The musical features actors in animal costumes as well as giant, hollow puppets. It was a game changer for live theater.

Now Disney has remade this family favorite. The Lion King ,2019, is a computer-animated musical film . It is a being called a photorealistic remake of Disney's traditionally animated 1994 film of the same name. The film stars the voices of Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Beyoncé , as well as James Earl Jones reprising his role from the original film. I understand from reviews that this amazing more like National Geographic than Disney film, is almost confusing watching animals talk and sing!

It’s a solid story line, Shakespeare used it in Hamlet. The plot follows Simba, a young lion who must embrace his role as the rightful king of his native land following the murder of his father, Mufasa, at the hands of his uncle, Scar.

But our movie safari (Swahilli for journey) to the Serengetti will bring back memories for those that have been there, will spark interest for those that haven’t and be a wonderful trip for those that will enjoy the travel time and price tag.

Hornbills, impalas, wart hogs, hyenas, and the whole Circle of Life. Be Good to Go on Monday, July 29 at 1:30pm for The Lion King.

Kuwa safari nzuri. (Have a good trip!)

Patti Beth Anderson has more than 20 years of experience in the group travel industry taking people all over the world. Her motto is "I return with the same number of people I left with… not necessarily the same people, but the same number nevertheless. So no 'crankpots' allowed" She may be reached at 918-786-3318 or pb@goodtogowithpb.com.