The Lion King

Z is for Zazu

zazuI’m sure there’s many a human character whose name begins with a Z but I went for an animated animal in what is probably my favourite Disney film of all time.

Zazu is a red-billed hornbill and is kind of like Mufasa’s adviser/secretary and Simba’s teacher. Like any teacher that doesn’t have much respect, Simba and Nala run circles around Zazu and he probably wants to hurt them as much as he wants to look out for them.

Zazu is one of those guys who can be annoying for sticking to the rules but he is also the sort of guy you can rely on and he probably has good ideas. And he is funny, it probably helps that Rowan Atkinson voices Zazu because his sarcastic British voice really brings Zazu’s attitude to life.

I love everything about The Lion King but I didn’t really appreciate Zazu or see how clever his humour was until I watched the film again as an adult. He’s definitely the kind of character that adults would maybe relate to more than children.

G is for Whoopi Goldberg

whoopigoldbergI grew up watching Whoopi Goldberg. Some of my mum’s favourite films (and so they became my favourites and a big part of my childhood) were Ghost (1990), Sister Act (1992) and its sequel Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993). I still love all those films and Whoopi Goldberg’s performances. I’ve seen them so many times I can quote the lines and I was so happy when I got older and learnt that she won an Oscar for her role in Ghost. I have The Color Purple (1985) on DVD and have been meaning to watch it since I read the book a few months ago but I haven’t got around to it yet – I’ve heard that Whoopi is brilliant in it.

How can you forget Whoopi Goldberg’s voice work as the hyena Shenzi in The Lion King?! I always liked the hyenas even though they were the “bad guys” and Shenzi was totally the boss and my favourite.

Whoopi Goldberg will forever be one of my favourite actresses because of the impact she had on my childhood. I love her comedic and dramatic balance in her film roles and if I ever need to smile I just watch any of her opening segments at the four different Oscars that she hosted!