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Page 2B - The News - Friday, August 2, 2019 i Dr Ronald P Salfen DFW Film Critics Association HENDERSON COUNTY-OK, it doesn't have quite the emotional impact of the knock-your- socks-off original, but this re-make is worth watching, any- way. First, because the story is still en- dearing, and second, because the technol- ogy of making the animals "real" instead of animated is itself worth the price of admission. Besides, there's an incred- ible cast of voices behind this version, and their collective talent makes for an impressive experience. Director Jon Fa- vreau, dealing with a now-classic "circle of life" drama, keeps ily wi things from getting animals before human- too heavy-handed with kind came along to regular insertions of alter the landscape. light-heartedness, from But "The Lion King" the young Simba, is also an individual the lion cub, play-morality tale, where ing with his Dad, the central character Mufasa (James Earl has to decide whether Jones) to the inane he wants to just waste pronouncements of the his life doing as little Dodo bird, Zazu (John as possible, or if he Oliver), to the comic really wants to make antics of the meerkat something of himself. (Billy Eichner) and the That road, of course, warthog (Seth Rogen). is a lot more difficult, But the star of the and fraught with many show is still Simba dangers. But we revel (Donald Glover), now in watching Simba full-grown, but hiding becoming the best out from his respon- versioa of himself, sibilities, and refusing and there's a bit of to take the mantle a challenge there for of leadership that he all the viewers, even knows is his. His if they aren't princes- childhood friend, Nala in-self-imposed-exile. (Beyonce), encourages Yes, of course, it's him, once she finally family-friendly, be- discovers where he is. cause it's Disney, but But many things have remember that the evil changed in the home- is very real, and there land of their "pride." is violence (though Mustafa's evil brother, the action sequences Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor)fade before they get has taken over, with too bloody). It might the help of his bench- even be too "intense" men, the wild hyenas, for very small children. Scar is cunning, de-But the re-imagining ceitful, and manipula- of a familiar favorite tive, and unfortunately, is definitely worthy it's the most interest- of a viewing, if for ing role in the entire no other reason than production, to enjoy the incred- Yes, it's a celebra- ibly realistic imaging. tion of Africa, in an Hakuna matata. idyllic setting for the Raising children is no other expenses associat- Since the costs ofrais- small task. Parents face ed with rOising children, ing children are so sub- numerous challenges Multiply that number stantial, it's no surprise when raising their kids, by 18 years and par- that parents are often on and while it may not be ents can expect to' spend the lookout for budget- the biggest hurdle they $234,000 per child by friendly ways to have face, the cost of raising the time the youngster fun as a family. The fol- a family can sometimes graduates high school, lowing are a handful of seem daunting. That's before parents ways that families can A 2015 report from write a single college have fun withoutbreak- the U.S. Department of tuition check. The cost ing the bank. Agriculture found that a typical middle-come American family spent just under $13,000 an- nually per child. Those costs included housing, food, childcare, health care, and the various of raising children is no Picnics: Dining al less significant in Cana- fresco is an enjoyable da, where Loans Canada, way to break bread, but a nationwide financial if backyard barbecues services firm, estimates have grown stale, par- that raising a child from ents can always plan pic, birth to 18 will cost par- nics in local parks. Park entsjust under $254,000. admission is probably free, and parents can Looking for CDL drivers to deliver new trucks all over the country, starting in Laredo, TX. Experience preferred, Must have DOT physical and be willing to keep logs. 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Depending on how often you visit the attraction, paying an an- nual fee can save you a lot of money compared to paying regular admis: sion prices on each visit. Festivals: Commu- nity festivals are another great way for families t6 get out of the house with- out taxing their budgets. Community festivals typically do not charge for admission. Parents should not downplay the benefits of free entertain- ment, as a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the average American spent just over $2,900 on en- tertainment in 2016. Camping: Campsites may charge fees, but such fees are nominal compared to the costs associated with more traditional lodging, like hotels, too much money. Camping is a fun ac- Parents whose bud- tivity the whole family gets are stretched thin can enjoy, providing a can still find affordable great weekend getaway ways to have fun as a that won't cost parents family.