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The Lion King (1994)

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Lion prince Simba and his father are targeted by his bitter uncle, who wants to ascend the throne himself.

Writers:

Irene Mecchi (screenplay by), Jonathan Roberts (screenplay by) | 27 more credits »
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Top Rated Movies #34 | Won 2 Oscars. Another 35 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rowan Atkinson ... Zazu (voice)
Matthew Broderick ... Simba (voice)
Niketa Calame-Harris ... Young Nala (voice) (as Niketa Calame)
Jim Cummings ... Ed (voice)
Whoopi Goldberg ... Shenzi (voice)
Robert Guillaume ... Rafiki (voice)
Jeremy Irons ... Scar (voice)
James Earl Jones ... Mufasa (voice)
Moira Kelly ... Nala (voice)
Nathan Lane ... Timon (voice)
Zoe Leader Zoe Leader ... Sarafina (voice)
Cheech Marin ... Banzai (voice)
Ernie Sabella ... Pumbaa (voice)
Madge Sinclair ... Sarabi (voice)
Jonathan Taylor Thomas ... Young Simba (voice)
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Storyline

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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africa | king | lion | prince | disney | See All (219) »

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The greatest adventure of all is finding our place in the circle of life. See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Virginia McKenna, Helen Mirren and Vanessa Redgrave were considered for the voice of Sarabi. See more »

Goofs

When Timon starts his Hula dance, when is back is to the camera, he is not wearing his lei (flower necklace). It suddenly appears a few frames later. 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

"In Remembrance Of Frank Wells, President Of The Walt Disney Company. from 1984-1994" See more »

Alternate Versions

When the movie was released on DVD in October 2003, it offered two versions of the film: The "Special Edition" (the 2002 IMAX re-release), and the "Original Theatrical Release". The "Original Theatrical Release" is actually identical to the 2002 IMAX/"Special Edition" re-release, except that it opens with the memorial card to Frank Wells, following the Walt Disney Pictures logo. This includes the pouncing lesson scene. The Original Theatrical Release on the 2003 Platinum Edition DVD release omits the original scrolling end credits sequence and it contains the different end credits from the 2002 IMAX/Special Edition re-release. All of the other edits that were made to the 2002 IMAX re-release (the cleaned-up animation, etc.) are also present in this version. See more »

Connections

References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Hakuna Matata
(1994)
Music by Elton John (uncredited)
Lyrics by Tim Rice (uncredited)
Arranged and Produced by Mark Mancina and Jay Rifkin
Performed by Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Jason Weaver, and Joseph Williams
Background Singer: Rodney Saulsberry (uncredited)
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The Best Animated Film I Have Ever Seen
1 January 2000 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

The Lion King is a great film. Along with a great story (inspired by William Shakespeare's Hamlet), terrific animation, and an all star cast of voices, there are the lessons that are learned from this film (despite being a little rough for the younger children). Like responsibility and honor.

I rank this animated film among the great films I have ever seen. It was part of my childhood and it is a film experience I will never forget. And hopefully, you won't either. A++


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Swahili | Xhosa | Zulu

Release Date:

24 June 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lion King 3D See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,586,753, 19 June 1994

Gross USA:

$422,783,777

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,083,720,877
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (Dolby Stereo Spectral Recording) (original release)| Dolby Digital (special edition)| DTS (special edition)| SDDS (special edition) (uncredited)| Dolby Atmos (Ultra HD Blu-ray release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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