This video is one of many; other versions and additional footage can be found in the full post:
Christian the Lion has been floating around the internet since 2008 and is well-known as a tear-jerker. This is pretty remarkable, as the original video was only slightly more than two-and-a-half minutes long. Pinpointing the emotional trigger is fairly easy, given that it occurs soon after the first minute during a very suspenseful moment with well-chosen climactic music. So how does this video of two men reuniting with their pet lion in the wild do it? And what can be learned about creating emotional content from the composition? The footage is certainly memorable enough on its own, but putting the entire package together like whoever created this did was pretty damned clever.
The video itself has several different elements: the textual story, the footage, and the music. Thematically, it’s a “reunion with a beloved pet” story, just slightly more exotic. Alternate versions of the video and additional footage can be found in the discussion below.