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The Lion King (1994)

G  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Drama  |  24 June 1994 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Adult Simba (voice)
Young Simba (voice)
Mufasa (voice)
Ed (voice)
Scar (voice)
Adult Nala (voice)
Young Nala (voice)
Pumbaa (voice)
Timon (voice)
Rafiki (voice)
Zazu (voice)
Sarabi (voice)
Shenzi (voice)
Banzai (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Young Simba (singing voice)


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 fist, 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The greatest adventure of all is finding our place in the circle of life. See more »


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Release Date:

24 June 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

King of the Jungle  »

Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£16,650,343 (UK) (11 November 1994)


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


The team working on the movie was supposedly Disney's "team B", who were "kept busy" while "team A" worked on Pocahontas (1995), on which the production had much higher hopes. See more »


The pads on Scar's paws change from multiple pads to one large pad throughout the movie. See more »


[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 »


Followed by The Lion Guard (2016) See more »


Hawaiian War Chant
(Tahuwa-Huwai) (1936)
Written by Johnny Noble (1936) and Prince Leleiohoku (as Leleiohaku) (1860)
Performed by Nathan Lane (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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