Today's parents often tell their sometimes disbelieving children that, three or more decades ago, you had to see a movie at the cinema, and then? You might not see it again for a long time.
You couldn't revisit it, several times a day, at home, by popping it into the DVD player or finding it streaming somewhere.
This modern way of things has gifted movie fans in countless ways, and first and foremost among them? Viewers are able to learn every last lyric to every single song, should the film be a musical.
Enter "The Lion King," the 1994 Disney animated wonder that debuted when the home video market was in its first full and robust flower, meaning that all of those can't-stop-humming-them ditties from Elton John and Tim Rice became the joyful, permanently-on-play soundtrack of many young (and older) lives.
Where we're going with this: You know every. Single. Word. You could probably sing "Hakuna Matata" backwards, or perform a lavish dance routine to "Circle of Life." And, from Aug. 4 through 20, you'll probably be at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, singing along to every song as you watch the film.
It's "The Lion King" Sing-Along, and no one in the historic venue will be shushed for crooning with Simba on "I Just Can't Wait to Be King." You're allowed to sing, and encouraged to do so, rather than silently mouthing along with every last lyric, as fans usually must do at the cinema.
And who's in the house, in person, or rather, in meerkat, ahead of every screening? Timon's in the house! That feels like it deserves an exclamation point, no? Because, we mean... Timon. The applause is going to be enthusiastic, and we don't even need a crystal ball for that prediction.
Tickets are on sale now, so best jump on those if this feels like just the pre-back-to-school treat your "Lion King"-loving brood might enjoy.
Again, there shall be no shushing from the ushers, only raise-your-voice singing to a movie musical millions have memorized, at home, over the last couple of decades.