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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

Complete credited cast:
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Young Simba (voice)
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Adult Simba (voice)
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Mufasa (voice)
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Scar (voice)
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Adult Nala (voice)
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Young Nala (voice)
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Pumbaa (voice)
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Timon (voice)
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Rafiki (voice)
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Zazu (voice)
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Sarabi (voice)
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Shenzi (voice)
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Banzai (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Ed (voice)
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Young Simba (singing voice)
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Storyline

A young lion prince is born in Africa, thus making his uncle Scar the second in line to the throne. Scar plots with the hyenas to kill King Mufasa and Prince Simba, thus making himself King. The King is killed and Simba is led to believe by Scar that it was his fault, and so flees the kingdom in shame. After years of exile he is persuaded to return home to overthrow the usurper and claim the kingdom as his own thus completing the "Circle of Life". Written by King of Hearts <g.forth@uea.ac.uk>

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scar | king | prince | lion | animal | See more »

Taglines:

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


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Release Date:

24 June 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

King of the Jungle  »

Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$47,585 (South Africa) (17 January 2003)

Gross:

$422,783,777 (USA) (13 January 2012)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Multiple characters have ended up scrapped for the final version of the first film - a little brother for Nala, Sarabi's sister, a second meerkat, Nala's father, a rock python who would have acted as Scar's lackey and would have been voiced by Tim Curry and a bat-eared fox named Bhati for example. Nala's brother, Mheetu, in particular was to have an important role. He was created as a character for Nala to protect from the hyenas and Scar. Mheetu was the one who was lured into the gorge. Simba tried to save him but failed so Mufasa saved them, and the rest plays out like the final film. See more »

Goofs

We see Simba scratch Shenzi's cheek, leaving visible cuts, but shortly after, Shenzi is healed. 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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Connections

References Roots (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

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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The best Disney animated film ever...
10 May 2005 | by (India) – See all my reviews

The best Disney animated film ever...This film had it all, it was funny, emotional, had family drama, and above all, great animation and songs! My personal favorite character is Rafiki, the Baboon! I still cant forget the line he says to Simbe, "Past can hurt, but as I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it!" it is so true! i loved Zazu's weirdness, and shenzi's humor, above all, i loved Pumba's innocence and Timon's intelligence! In short, i found the film the best film ever... The voice cast is also great. Mathew did complete justice to Simba, and what can I say about Mufasa, He is the best King, and dad anyone can ever get! The movie is not meant for kids, its meant to teach every adult a lesson...to find our place in the great "Circle Of Life". I give this film a perfect 10.


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