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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)
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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 »

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Life's greatest adventure is finding your 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

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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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Originally, the hyenas Banzai and Shenzi were supposed to be voiced by Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin. But the directors couldn't get hold of Chong, so they cast Whoopi Goldberg as Shenzi instead. See more »

Goofs

When Banzai says, "Here, kitty, kitty, kitty," it may appear as though no one is actually speaking. This is because the shot cutting from the cubs to the hyenas is very quick. However, pay close attention only to Banzai's location on the screen: you see his mouth moves when he says "here," and he's audibly saying "kitty, kitty, kitty" through gritted teeth, with his lips shown curled back. If you grit your teeth, curl your lips back, and say this line, you can do so without moving your mouth and it will still sound perfect because you only need to use your tongue to make the sounds. 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

Nico Golfar is also credited as "Score Wrangler". See more »

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Soundtracks

Can You Feel the Love Tonight
(1994)
Written by Tim Rice and Elton John
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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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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