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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 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


$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?


Several character names are based on Swahili words:

Simba - lion Nala - gift Sarabi - mirage Rafiki - friend Pumbaa - simpleton/weak-minded Shenzi - barbarous/uncouth/uncivilized/savage Banzai - skulk/lurk

Despite the fact that Zawadi is the Swahili word for gift, Nala's name does indeed also mean gift. See more »


When Timon and Pumbaa find Simba in the desert, Timon is frightened and climbs on top of Pumbaa. On the next shot we only see Pumbaa's shadow cast in front of Simba, without Timon. When we next see Pumbaa, Timon is back on Pumbaa's back. 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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The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Written by Hugo Peretti, George David Weiss (as George Weiss) and Luigi Creatore
Based on a song by Solomon Linda and Paul Campbell
Sung by Nathan Lane (uncredited) and Ernie Sabella (uncredited)
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User Reviews

A living masterpiece
28 November 2005 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

This is truly one of the best Disney movies ever. I really enjoyed it when I first seen it, about when I was 6, and since then I watched it over and over again. I simply LOOOOVED the music. It's one of the best soundtracks I've ever heard. And, speaking of soundtrack, I just can't tell in words how much I love the song "Can You Feel The Love Tonight". Is one of my favorite songs ever. I truly believe that this motion picture could easily be nominated for The Best Picture, but The Best Song and the Best Original Score is really enough. I wonder if they will ever think to make a prequel of this movie in order to understand who is Mufasa, Scar, Sarabi and the other characters. In short, this movie will be remembered in the next 100 years. Truly.

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