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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 (214) »

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Ed's behavior may suggest that he has brain damage or is mentally challenged. However, in The Lion Guard (2016), a similar character named Cheezi (like Ed) has his tongue sticking out of his mouth in some parts of an episode but unlike Ed he is more intelligent and speaks clearly. Supervising animator Dave Burgess jokes that Ed is really the smartest of the Hyenas but "pretends to be dumb" See more »

Goofs

When Simba comes back to Pride Rock, he looks out at it, and you can see dead trees on Pride Rock. When Nala comes and looks at it they are gone. When Timon and Pumbaa come and look at it, the trees are back, but when the storm movie in they are gone again. After that scene, the trees are there for the rest of the movie. 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

The title appears at both the beginning and the end of the film. 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

Referenced in The Big Bang Theory: The Champagne Reflection (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Eluring (Circle of Life Estonian Version)
performed by Silvi Vrait
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User Reviews

simply a wonderful, heartfelt tale for all ages
14 March 2002 | by Special-K88See all my reviews

Delightful animated feature from Walt Disney Pictures about a naive young lion cub destined for greatness. Born the son of a beloved and authoritative king he's groomed to be the next ruler of the kingdom, but along the way he encounters tragic detours at the hands of his villainous uncle and scheming hyena henchmen. Years later—as an adult—he decides to embrace his destiny and take his proper place in the Circle of Life. Warm, intelligent, laugh-out loud funny film is a triumph in every aspect; unforgettable songs, snappy dialogue, remarkable animation, and a stellar cast of voices make this a treat for all ages. A rousing adventure that you can enjoy again and again, and arguably one of the finest animated films ever made. ****


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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:

$988,620,507
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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 (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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