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Top 10 Movies Better Than the Books They're Based On

By Matt Heckler May 15, 2013

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The Lion King

Not a lot of folks realize that The Lion King is actually based on William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet. The movie itself is one of Disney’s crowning achievements. Don't get us wrong... the original tale of the Prince of Denmark is one of the greatest ever, but the combination of that story with an unforgettable score and beautiful animation makes the whole greater than the sum of its parts.

Tags: movies, disney, hamlet, pixar, the lion king, animation, books-and-comics, the lord of the rings

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Matt Heckler

Matt Heckler is a writer, book critic, musician, movie nerd, sci-fi aficionado, and awesome beard haver from Chicago. When he isn't writing for The MindHut, he is drinking tasty beverages and working on his first novel. Follow him on Twitter @androiddreamer!

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