My wife and I were college sweethearts. One of our favorite dates was going to animated movies. After we graduated from college in 1994, we continued this movie-going traditional. That was when we saw The Lion King. We loved this movie and couldn’t stop singing “Hakuna Matata.”

I also enjoyed the movie because I’m a Shakespeare and Egyptian mythology geek and The Lion King incorporates elements of both:

The plot-line is loosely based upon William Shakespeare‘s Hamlet; a story of a young prince whose uncle takes over the kingdom and marries the queen after killing the king/prince’s father. After being away from home for a period of time, these events lead to the prince’s plans for revenge. The prince receives some advice from his father’s ghost. Also, during the scene where Zazu sings I’ve got a lovely bunch of Coconuts, Scar Has a skull in his hand (from IMDb).

Besides inspirations from William Shakespeare‘s Hamlet, the story also has elements of the Osirian family myths of Ancient Egyptian mythology. In the Osirian myths, the king (Mufasa/Osiris) is killed by his jealous brother (Scar/Seth) and the rightful heir (Simba/Horus) is sent into exile as a boy. The murdered king visits and mentors his son in ghostly visits and when the heir comes of age, he returns to exact revenge on his father’s murderer (from IMDb)

Now Subway is helping fans of The Lion King to reconnect with the beloved movie. Through October 30, every purchase of a SUBWAY FRESH FIT FOR KIDS™ Meal will include a FREE reusable meal bag featuring iconic Lion King movie characters and a coupon for $5 off the purchase of The Lion King Diamond Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack.

In addition, I’d like to give you the opportunity to win a SUBWAY Lion King kids meal bag stuffed with a $25 SUBWAY Card AND The Lion King Diamond Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack. Take a walk down memory lane and enjoy a delicious SUBWAY lunch on Mocha Dad!

To enter the contest, leave a comment answering the following question:

What are your favorite memories from The Lion King?

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Mocha Dad’s “Subway & ‘The Lion King Diamond Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack Contest” starts on Monday, October 10, 2011 and ends Friday, October 14, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. (CST), and is open to all Mocha Dad readers, subscribers, and/or fans in the continental U.S. No purchase required. Relatives and employees of Mocha Dad Media are not eligible to win. You are also ineligible if you’ve won a prize from this blog within the past 60 days. One winner will be chosen via Random.org and announced on Monday, October 17, 2011. You must leave your contact information to collect your prize. If a winner does not respond within 3 days, a new winner will be chosen. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. All opinions are my own.