Contains some upsetting scenes and mildly intense fight sequences
All of the comments below are more disturbing in the fratricidal context of Scar, who sets up his brother Mufasa, to be killed in a stampede so that he can be King. Even worse, he convinces his mourning nephew Simba that it is his fault. And then, encourages young Simba to leave the safety of their kingdom for a dangerous place in hopes that he is killed off by hyenas (eliminating future competition). The idea that an uncle would deliberately guilt his nephew away from his own family for personal gain is unbearable. A tragic tale of a good brother, a bad brother (& uncle) and an innocent cub. The uncle embodies selfishness, greed and betrayal. The father is simply a victim who trusts his brother. The cub is conned, but survives, makes friends and finds the courage to defeat his uncle in the end.
Most of the movie is quite emotional, either from overwhelming happiness, or from sadness.
A cub mourns is father's death, while standing next to his corpse. This is a very long, and emotional scene. Most children, and adults will find it very sad. - PG
The elephant graveyard and chase scene may frighten some young children. - PG
A stampede of wildebeest nearly tramples young Simba to death. This is a long scene, and is one of the main intense parts of the movie. - PG
During the wildebeest stampede, Mufasa is thrown off of a cliff by Scar, and perishes. The shot cuts away seconds before he hits the ground. - PG
Simba and Scar have a brutal fight at the climax of the movie. This is a very intense scene. The two lions bite and slash at each other, but little or no blood is shown due to the firey red scene.
During the fight scene at the end of the movie, Simba is thrown off the edge of a cliff, but grabs onto the edge, and is dangling over a firest fire, but doesn't fall.This part can be intense. - PG
Simba's reaction of horror to the stampede coming toward him could be unnerving for young viewers, mainly due to the darker lighting, extreme close-up and possibly being *too* convincing for conveying fear to a young child (the target audience). - PG
Scar will scare young children
At least two hyenas are show to be slightly insane. May unsettle very sensitive viewers. But done more for comedy.
The hyenas parade themselves in a way similar to goose stepping nazis. Most will not pick on this but may unsettle.
The idea of a threat coming from within a family/from someone seemingly trustworthy may disturb/frighten young children
The lions' roars may scare very young children
Unlikely to be rated G today.
Suggested MPAA rating: PG for some frightening images including peril, thematic material, some mild rude humor, and brief suggestive reference.
If movies had ESRB ratings: E for Cartoon Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes