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The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride (1998)

The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (original title)
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Simba's daughter is the key to a resolution of a bitter feud between Simba's pride and the outcast pride led by the mate of Scar.


Darrell Rooney, Rob LaDuca (co-director)


Flip Kobler (screenplay), Cindy Marcus (screenplay) | 8 more credits »
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Broderick ... Simba (voice)
Neve Campbell ... Kiara (voice)
Andy Dick ... Nuka (voice)
Robert Guillaume ... Rafiki (voice)
James Earl Jones ... Mufasa (voice)
Moira Kelly ... Nala (voice)
Nathan Lane ... Timon (voice)
Jason Marsden ... Kovu (voice)
Suzanne Pleshette ... Zira (voice)
Ernie Sabella ... Pumbaa (voice)
Lacey Chabert ... Young Vitani (voice)
Edward Hibbert ... Zazu (voice)
Cam Clarke ... Simba (singing voice)
Michelle Horn ... Young Kiara (voice)
Jim Cummings ... Scar (voice) (archive sound)


Simba and Nala have a daughter, Kiara. Timon and Pumbaa are assigned to be her babysitters, but she easily escapes their care and ventures into the forbidden lands. There she meets a lion cub named Kovu and they become friends. What she and her parents do not know is that Kovu is the son of Zira - a banished follower of the now-dead Scar. She plans to raise Kovu to overthrow Simba and become the king of the Pride Lands. This tests not only Kiara and Kovu's relationship as they mature, but Simba's relationship with his daughter. Written by Rori Stevens

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The circle of life continues...


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Did You Know?


Vitani and Kovu appear to be close, such as in the end when she turns to Simba's pride, she is seen standing right by Kovu. See more »


(at around 50 mins) When Kovu follows Simba to the cave, they're close to the cave entrance, almost inside it. But when it crosses to Vitani's viewpoint, Simba and Kovu are clearly a long distance from the cave. See more »


[first lines]
Timon: Ah, Pumba. Look at that little guy! A chip off the old block. And you gotta know who's gonna raise him.
Pumbaa: His parents?
Timon: Okay, sure. Get technical. But who's gonna teach him the real important stuff? Like how to belch.
Timon: And dig for grubs. I'm telling you, buddy, it's gonna be like old times. You, me and the little guy.
Rafiki: [laughs] It is a girl.
Timon: Girl.
TimonPumbaa: Girl? Oy.
[They both faint]
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Crazy Credits

At one point in the credits it says, "This film would not have been possible without the inspiration from the original motion picture and the work of its talented artists and animators.", and dedication appears. This feature copying from Pocahontas II (1998) during their credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

Kovu and Kiara return back to Pride Rock singing "Upendi" before it fades into the next shot. In the 2004 Special Edition release, the scene is edited slightly shorter than the 1998 print. See more »


Followed by The Lion Guard (2016) See more »


We Are One
Music by Tom Snow
Lyrics by Marty Panzer and Jack Feldman
Performed by Cam Clarke, Charity Walthrop, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Chorus: Henry Kulu, Sam McKelton (as Samuel McKelton), Ron Kunene, Lucky Ngema (as Lucky N. Ngema), Philip McAdoo, and Frank Wright II
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A movie that i have a very complicated relationship with.
27 June 2019 | by Martinito_08183See all my reviews

The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride is the movie that i had hard time rating it. It tries to respect the original and in some extend - it succeeds, but there are still some parts that are not very good and unfortunately because of them, it makes the movie very weak and not unique at all. It suffers from a story that we've seen many times and also at the same time serves as a perfect narrative for the sequel, but the way it's told is too weak and bit cliché; some of the old characters are here and act the same, while others have new roles, especially Simba, who is given the role of a father to the main protagonist and being overprotective and also being the best character in the movie. Aside from Simba, Kiara, Kovu and Rafiki, the villain and the other characters are weak or don't have enough screen time and they drag the movie down for me; the way the story is told, you'll expect the same with the dialogue; the music is forgettable with the exception of three songs (He Lives In You is the best song without a doubt and makes the opening of the movie amazing) and one track that they played two times and has become memorable; the animation is bit rough in some places, but still looks nice and you can tell it doesn't look like low-budget; the cinematography is very mixed in my opinion; the sound is great; the acting is great, but that may depends on the country you live in, since i watched a dubbed version and the english version is mixed for me after trying it. After watching it again, i can understand what they where trying to do, but i feel like they didn't give 100% of themselves to make a perfect sequel to one of the greatest movies of all time. With those problems aside, i still respect everyone, who was involved with the making of it and it's one of those movies that i'll be happy watching it again.

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Release Date:

27 October 1998 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (5.1) (L-R)| Dolby Digital (Dolby Digital 5.1) (5.1) (L-R)



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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