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Sex & Nudity

  • Simba and Nala roll over and pin each other a few times. As cubs this can be taken as innocent playtime, but when they are adults there may be sexual connotations, especially given the way they gaze at each other.

Violence & Gore

  • Scar throws fiery embers at Simba's face.
  • Rafiki fights off the hyenas in the final battle, however this was done more for comedic effect.
  • Hyenas crawl out from their dark, steaming boneyard to threaten young Simba, Nala, and Zazu. They stick Zazu in a lava pit in an effort to cook him (he rockets off with a smoking trail) and then lunge with snapping jaws at the scurrying cubs. Simba scratches a hyena's face in defense of Nala. Just before disaster strikes, Mufasa charges in and bats the hyenas violently about.


  • Pumba almost says 'farted', but Timon stops him saying 'Not in front of the kids!'
  • Scar insults the hyenas.

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Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Some scenes with the hyenas may frighten younger viewers, especially those who have fear of hyenas.
  • Even by the MPAA standards in the 90s The Lion King should have definitely been rated PG for: action violence and peril, scary images and some thematic material
  • Scenes with Scar (Jeremy Irons' character) and the hyenas may be frightening for some younger viewers.
  • During a wildebeest stampede (instigated by the hyenas), when Mufasa attempts to climb up a cliff, Scar claws Mufasa's paws, and with a creepy, murderous grin, whispers, "Long live the king", in an chillingly sadistic tone of voice, before cruelly dropping Mufasa to his death. This is an extremely unpleasant scene and may frighten younger viewers.
  • 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 for some viewers.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Sex & Nudity

  • As it's never revealed who Nala's father is and the only adult male lions in the pride are brothers Scar and Mufasa, some people have speculated that she and Simba are either cousins or half siblings, meaning that they are in an incestuous relationship, but kids probably won't pick up on this.

Violence & Gore

  • In a scene near the end Shenzi, Banzai, Ed, and the rest of the spotted hyenas maul Scar off-screen and kill him by ripping him to shreds. We don't actually see his death, but it's all presented via the actions of their shadows, and it is very graphic.
  • Mufasa and a young Simba struggle to escape from a flood of stampeding antelope. The lions are kicked, stomped and sent careening back and forth by the herd. Mufasa lifts Simba to safety but tumbles backward into the surging mass of animals. Mufasa is later shown lying still, seemingly unscathed; however, it is revealed that he is dead when Simba tries to wake him.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Mufasa's death may be intense for some viewers. It's known as one of the saddest and emotional deaths in the Disney canon. This film is notable for being the first Disney animated film to actually show a dead body onscreen.
  • Simba and Scar fight at the climax of the film, and the whole battle is incredibly intense. Here, we see the two biting, slapping, wrestling, assaulting and pouncing at each other with very furious expressions on their faces, and most of this is shown in slow-motion (in a manner extremely similar to the famous bullet dodge scene from "The Matrix (1999)") for a much more dramatic effect, and we even hear incredibly dramatic music throughout the whole fight.

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