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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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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:

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Did You Know?


The song that Rafiki sings, 'Asante sana, squash banana, wewe nugu mimi hapana' is often said to be Swahili for "Thank you very much, squash banana, you're a baboon and I'm not." However, the Swahili word for baboon, nyani, is not part of the song. Some have suggested it in fact means "You're a dog, and I'm not," but the word for dog, mbwa, is not present either. See more »


Before assuming the throne, Simba walks down Pride Rock. Zazu bows to Simba and although his mouth is moving no words are spoken. This is because Zazu was supposed to say "Your Majesty". 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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Can You Feel the Love Tonight
Music by Elton John (uncredited)
Lyrics by Tim Rice (uncredited)
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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This is what kid's movies should be like...
7 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I find it hard to believe that kid's movies these days will ever be called classics in years to come (excluding Pixar movies). In my mind, this is the last classic hand drawn film, and it upsets me that I have to wait for another five years for it to come out on DVD. This film deals with great issues and involves a huge conflict for the main character, something that recent kid/family films lack. It is funny and lighthearted when it should be, and heartfelt and serious when it needs it. I believe that everybody should see this movie, regardless of your age. It may just be the last good movie that Disney will ever do without the help of Pixar.

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