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The Lion King (1994)

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Lion cub and future king Simba searches for his identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his boundaries sometimes gets him into trouble.

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Cast

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Zazu (voice)
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Simba (voice)
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Young Nala (voice)
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Ed (voice)
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Shenzi (voice)
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Rafiki (voice)
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Scar (voice)
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Mufasa (voice)
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Nala (voice)
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Timon (voice)
Zoe Leader ...
Sarafina (voice)
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Banzai (voice)
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Pumbaa (voice)
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Sarabi (voice)
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Young Simba (voice)
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Storyline

A young lion Prince is cast out of his pride by his cruel uncle, who claims he killed his father. While the uncle rules with an iron paw, the prince grows up beyond the Savannah, living by a philosophy: No worries for the rest of your days. But when his past comes to haunt him, the young Prince must decide his fate: will he remain an outcast, or face his demons and become what he needs to be? Written by femaledragon1234

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24 June 1994 (USA)  »

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King of the Jungle  »

Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£16,650,343 (UK) (11 November 1994)

Gross:

$422,783,777 (USA) (13 January 2012)
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Trivia

At the time of its production, many at Disney had high hopes for Pocahontas (1995) and deemed the concept of The Lion King (1994) as experimental. Then-studio head Jeffrey Katzenberg regarded Pocahontas as a more prestigious project than The Lion King, and even believed that it had a chance of earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture, following in the steps of Beauty and the Beast (1991). As production on the two films went on, The Lion King finally began to take shape and opinions also began to change. The Lion King received overwhelmingly positive acclaim from film critics and audiences alike. The film went on to not only become one of the highest-grossing films in cinema history, but also as one of the best selling home video titles of all time. Pocahontas (1995), on the other hand, was less successful commercially than was hoped and received a mixed-to-negative response from film critics. Because the film dealt with more adult themes and tones and featured both a disjointed script and less regard for historical accuracy, it wasn't a mammoth success as the earlier Disney hits had. See more »

Goofs

When Simba finds Mufasa's dead body, his tears leave stains running down both cheeks. When Scar appears, Simba's face alternates between having tear stains on both cheeks in medium shots and only on his right cheek in close-ups. Once Scar tells Simba to run away, the stains disappear altogether. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Scar: [Scar catches a mouse] Life's not fair, is it? You see, I... well, I shall never be king. And you... shall never see the light of another day. Hmm-hmm-hmm, adieu.
Zazu: Didn't your mother ever tell you not to play with your food?
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Crazy Credits

The IMAX version uses the orange/black Walt Disney Pictures logo (usually used for live-action movies). See more »

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Referenced in AniMat's Reviews: Rise of the Guardians (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Can You Feel the Love Tonight
(1994)
Music by Elton John (uncredited)
Lyrics by Tim Rice (uncredited)
Arranged and Produced by Mark Mancina
Performed by Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Sally Dworsky, Joseph Williams, and Kristle Edwards
End credit version Performed by Elton John (uncredited)
End credit version Produced by Chris Thomas (uncredited)
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A Film For All Ages
20 January 2000 | by (california) – See all my reviews

This is a film that can entertain anyone young or old, I usually don't care for animated movies but this film is the real deal, this is one of disney's best animated movies. The animation is top notch and flawless. This film also features superb work from the vocal cast James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Whoopi Goldberg. This is a standout.


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