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Happy Monday!

Movies need to be more realistic. Movies need to feel like it’s really happening.

Well, following the success of ‘The Jungle Book’ live-action (of sorts) remake, Disney is at it again with ‘The Lion King.’

Will this new ‘Lion King’ succeed at the box office? Can it possibly live up to the wonder of the original animated classic from 1994? Will this new adaptation add anything new or simply be a retelling or the aforementioned 1994 animation?

For now–until July 19, 2019, theatrical release date–let’s just live each day before then by two words:

Hakuna Matata.

No worries, just anticipation.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week. 

P.S. James Earl Jones returned for this new ‘Lion King.’ Yes, that James Earl Jones. 

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A Big Afternoon

Several months ago, I was in New York City with my Dad and nephew for an impromptu “boys weekend,” which included dinner in a very cool SoHo restaurant and front row tickets to “The Lion King” on Broadway. The dinner and show were both fantastic and unforgettable.

In addition to what was mentioned above, one of the moments that will forever be burned into my memory was when we ventured to FAO Schwarz one late afternoon. Bound and determined, I wanted to show my nephew something special. Despite the fact it had been moved from its regular spot, we weaved through the maze of toys, giant stuffed animals, video games and LEGO’s to reach the end of what should be considered the toy store’s treasure map. Believe me, with a young boy, this was not easy.

Still, we made it to the giant piano on the floor!

Correction: We made it to the “Big” piano on the floor!

Hesitant at first, my nephew eventually started to do what all kids do on a giant piano…he slid across the keys on his knees like a boss. He was tapping, sliding and jumping around amongst the other kids, just letting loose.

It was his “Big” moment, whether he realized it or not. Aside from the fact I recorded this experience (with the slide!) and that he’s seen it a few times, years down the road when he’s experiencing a stressful moment, he can think of that afternoon and/or watch that video and remember how great it feels to act like a kid and to just have fun.

The video below has been making its way around the popular media outlets recently. Tom Hanks, host Jonathan Ross and Sandra Bullock goofing off on a big piano on The Jonathan Ross Show. What’s not to like?

Regardless of our age, it’s vital that we occasionally let that kid within ourselves come out and play once in a while.

You might be amazed at how many other people feel the exact same way.

After all, smiling and having fun is kind of a big deal.