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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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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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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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The King Has Returned. [for Christmas 2002 IMAX release.] See more »


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24 June 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

King of the Jungle  »

Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

ARS 4,447,493 (Argentina) (6 July 1994)

Gross:

$312,900,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The first Disney cartoon to be dubbed into Zulu for its African release. See more »

Goofs

Rafiki the monkey appears to be some sort of bizarre mandrill-baboon hybrid. He has the colorful face of a mandrill, but the long, kinked tail of a baboon (mandrills have very short tails). 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

Prior to the beginning of the movie is a brief words, "In remembrance of Frank Wells" message (Mr. Wells is a president of Disney Studios, who died prior to the film's release). See more »

Connections

Featured in Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: The Swan Princess (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Hakuna Matata
(1994)
Music by Elton John (uncredited)
Lyrics by Tim Rice (uncredited)
Arranged and Produced by Mark Mancina and Jay Rifkin
Performed by Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Jason Weaver, and Joseph Williams
Background Singer: Rodney Saulsberry (uncredited)
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By far, the greatest Disney movie ever made...
22 April 2002 | by (Kansas, USA) – See all my reviews

This movie is, quite seriously, the Citizen Kane of Disney animation. Every animated movie from Disney ever since has been a failed attempt to recreate the masterpiece that this film is. This movie is an anomaly in a market usually dominated by formulaic kiddie-fare. Unlike most films from animation studios, this movie will enthrall you, whether you're 5 years old, or 50. An epic plot, intriguing characters, great music and hillarious moments make this film a family classic that will endure through the ages. 10/10


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