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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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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 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 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?


Directors Rob Minkoff and Roger Allers cited the documentary National Geographic Specials: Eternal Enemies: Lions and Hyenas (1992) as being a major inspiration for the overall feel of the film saying they attempted to reach even "one-tenth the power of the documentary". See more »


In the 'I Just Can't Wait to Be King' sequence, as Zazu is telling the cubs off, Nala has her front paws in the water. In the next shot, both paws are on the bank, with no time to move. 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 »


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Music by Elton John (uncredited)
Lyrics by Tim Rice (uncredited)
Arranged and Produced by Hans Zimmer
Performed by Jeremy Irons, with Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, and Jim Cummings
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User Reviews

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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