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The Lion King (1994)

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A Lion cub crown prince is tricked by a treacherous uncle into thinking he caused his father's death and flees into exile in despair, only to learn in adulthood his identity and his responsibilities.

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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The King Has Returned. [for Christmas 2002 IMAX release.] See more »


Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

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:

$1,825,849, 15 June 1994, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$312,900,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$987,483,777, 12 November 2013
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (Dolby Stereo Spectral Recording) (Stereo)| Dolby Digital (special edition)| DTS (special edition)| SDDS (special edition) (uncredited)| Dolby Atmos (4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray release)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In "The Lion King", Timon is the only character who stands and walks on his back feet (while meerkats normally walk on all four). Interestingly, he is seen running in all fours at least once in both the first film (exiting the cave entrance on Pride Rock with Pumbaa and Zazu, after the off-screen fight against the Hyenas) and the sequel (in a futile attempt to charge at an outsider with Pumbaa). Moreover, it occurred in the climactic battle sequence of both films. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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

There are no opening credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

This film was re-released in IMAX and other large format theaters on December 25, 2002. The following changes were made to the film for this release: -This movie opens with "The Lion King: Special Edition" title card, following the Walt Disney Pictures logo. -The pouncing lesson scene was replaced with an all-new song, "Morning Report", originally from the stage show. -The animation of crocodiles in the "I Just Can't Wait to be King" sequence was completely re-done. -The animation in some of the scenes went back through the clean-up animation department a second time, to correct problems such as wavering lines and missing details, which, while not very noticeable during a traditional 35mm showing of the film, would have been discomforting on a much large IMAX screen. Small details, such as the characters who had faces that were too small to be seen in the original had faces, were also added. -The waterfalls in the "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" sequence were enhanced. -The 2003 Platinum Edition release omits the original end credits sequence and it uses the static end credits from the 2002 IMAX/Special Edition re-release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Projector: Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

The Lion Sleeps Tonight
(1961)
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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By far, the greatest Disney movie ever made...
22 April 2002 | by chadgeriSee all my reviews

This movie is, quite seriously, the Citizen Kane of Disney animation. Every animated movie from Disney ever since has been a failed attempt to recreate the masterpiece that this film is. This movie is an anomaly in a market usually dominated by formulaic kiddie-fare. Unlike most films from animation studios, this movie will enthrall you, whether you're 5 years old, or 50. An epic plot, intriguing characters, great music and hillarious moments make this film a family classic that will endure through the ages. 10/10


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