Lion’s share of movie-goers

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Nathan Lequaietermaine, 11, John Cochrane, 11, Charli-Rose Seivwright, 11, Ellen Cochrane, 10, Danielle Cochrane and Tokyo Talent Tour leader Sheridan Duke have been getting into movie mode ahead of the release.
Camera IconNathan Lequaietermaine, 11, John Cochrane, 11, Charli-Rose Seivwright, 11, Ellen Cochrane, 10, Danielle Cochrane and Tokyo Talent Tour leader Sheridan Duke have been getting into movie mode ahead of the release. Credit: Callum Hunter

Millennials and Generation X-aged parents around the world have been buzzing in the lead up to the ‘live-action’ remake of the Lion King, released yesterday.

According to Grand Cinemas Bunbury senior manager Dane Forsyth, excitement has been building with dozens of tickets pre-booked for every one of the 70 sessions this week.

“It could be quite massive... I know it will be bigger than Aladdin or Finding Dory etc,” he said.

“I think I was eight when the original came out in the cinema, this and Aladdin were my two real big kids movies so I’m having a pretty good year to be honest.”

Not only have fans young and old been preparing to relive the mid-90s, the remake of the iconic Disney movie has found success as the basis for a series of fundraisers, more than eight of which have been booked for the opening week alone.

One such fundraiser, albeit booked for later in the month, will be run by Bunbury Sister and Friendship Cities to help send a delegation of 14 local children to Japan later this year.

Event organiser Danielle Cochrane said the Lion King was chosen because it was a new release and “it’s a movie both kids and adults can attend”.

City of Bunbury Tokyo Talent Tour leader Sheridan Duke added the money from the event would be used to reimburse parents as the trip was prepaid and she was ready for the voyage down memory lane.

“This is a childhood movie, we only had a few movies growing up so Lion King one and two were definitely on repeat – it’s a tear jerker,” Miss Sheridan said.

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