Sync or Swim: Simba, Let it Be…Naked

Hard to believe that The Lion King turns 20 this month. It now makes sense with the recent news of another LK movie and spin-off series. But that’s not what I’m here for today.

By the way, if you stumbled upon this post looking for something else entirely, you’ll be disappointed.

Start the movie (preferably the original 1994 print if you still have a VHS player) and The Beatles’ “Let it Be…Naked” at 0:00. Loop until the end. Credit for the sync goes to Andrew Wendland from moviesyncs.com.

Points of Interest

  • The movie was re-released in 2002 before getting a special edition release in October 2003.
  • “Let it Be…Naked” is a re-tooling of “Let it Be” that was released in November 2003.

Act I

Get Back

  • Simba will have to “get back” to where he once belonged later in the film.
  • The zebras trot in time to the beginning of the second verse.

Dig a Pony

  • “You can celebrate anything you want”, like Simba’s birth.
  • “You can penetrate…” as Mufasa and Sarabi look at each other. You can connect the dots.
  • “You can imitate everyone you know.” The film is based on several stories, most notably Hamlet.

For You Blue

  • The bridge takes place during the rainstorm.
  • The overall color palette during the rainstorm is dark blue.

The Long and Winding Road

  • The river is long and winding at the beginning of the territory speech.
  • “Pool of tears, crying for the day,” foreshadowing the stampede.

Two of Us

  • “…on our way home” as Simba goes back to his mother.
  • Simba and Nala are the two described in the song.

I’ve Got a Feeling

  • This takes place in the middle of “I Just Can’t Wait to be King”.
  • The “feeling I can’t hide” is Simba wanting to be king.
  • The song crescendos toward the end of the movie’s song.

One After 909

  • The three hyenas appear at the beginning.
  • Supposing that “909” were three individual numbers, they could represent intelligence of the three. Shenzi=9, Ed=0, Banzai=9

Don’t Let Me Down

  • Mufasa is disappointed with Simba’s behavior from that day, letting him down.

I Me Mine

  • Scar starts to plot Mufasa’s demise.
  • “Be Prepared” is all about what Scar wants for himself.
  • The song title features words used in the first person.

Across the Universe

  • This is an odd one as the mood of the song clashes with the mood from “Be Prepared”.
  • “Nothing’s going to change my world,” as Scar states that both Mufasa and Simba will die.
  • “Images of broken light” as shadows appear on the wall.
  • “Jai guru deva om” is said when the hyena legion marches before Scar like some kind of pledge.
  • “Nothing’s going to change my world”, obviously false, as Simba and Scar talk in the canyon.

Let it Be

  • “In my hour of darkness…” as we anticipate the inevitable stampede.
  • The drums kick in as soon as the wildebeest go over the canyon.

Act II

Get Back

  • Mufasa metaphorically left his home like Jojo did in the song.
  • Simba wants his father to “get back”.

Dig a Pony

  • “You can indicate everything you see” as Scar indicates that Mufasa died in the stampede.

For You Blue

  • Simba feels blue about what he thinks he did.
  • Timon and Pumbaa try to chase away his blues.

The Long and Winding Road

  • This is “Hakuna Matata” but results in mood dissonance.
  • Simba grows up toward the end of the song,

Two of Us

  • The two in question are Timon and Pumbaa, but only briefly.

I’ve Got a Feeling

  • Simba feels that he’s supposed to do something more than waste time.
  • I suppose that this “feeling” can tie back to the urban legend of what is spelled out in the sky.

One After 909

  • Nala and Simba reunite. The music matches the mood of their meeting.

Don’t Let Me Down

  • This is “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”.
  • Simba has to decide which path to follow, knowing that he has to let someone down.
  • At the same time, he falls in love with Nala “for the first time”.

I Me Mine

  • More decisions by Simba.

Across the Universe

  • This makes sense as Simba looks to the stars and across the universe.

Let it Be

  • Mufasa speaks words of wisdom as Simba is in a time of trouble.

Act III

Get Back

  • Simba returns to Pride Rock.

Dig a Pony

For You Blue

  • The primary color used is orange, the complement of blue, as well other warm colors.

The Long and Winding Road

  • The slow tempo fits with the slow-motion fight and mood of the scene.
  • Simba takes a long and winding road to the top of Pride Rock to reclaim his kingdom.

Two of Us

  • While we see one cub from Simba and Nala, there is a second one for the newly announced movie and series.

It’s not always spot-on, especially for something as colorful as this movie.

Sync grade: B-

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