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The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride (1998)

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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Simba (voice)
... Kiara (voice)
... Nuka (voice)
... Rafiki (voice)
... Mufasa (voice)
... Nala (voice)
... Timon (voice)
... Kovu (voice)
... Zira (voice)
... Pumbaa (voice)
... Young Vitani (voice)
... Zazu (voice)
... Simba (singing voice)
... Young Kiara (voice)
... 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

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Release Date:

26 October 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

(5.1) (L-R)| (Dolby Digital 5.1) (5.1) (L-R)


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Did You Know?


There are many similarities to the original Lion King. Simba warns Kiara to stay away from the Outlands , just like Mufasa had warned a young Simba. When Kira stumbles into the Outlands she forgets her father's warning and wanders through the forbidden territory just like a young Simba and Nala did when they explored the Elephant Graveyard. The 'My Lullaby' song is very similar to the 'Be Prepared' song. See more »


(at around 46 mins) Just before 'Upendi', as Rafiki sticks his hand out of the grass, the fur on Kovu's elbow disappears, then reappears. 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

Jim Cummings and James Earl Jones as the character Mufasa and Scar, are listed in the end credits. Although the character he is does not appear in the film. He appears with dreaming nightmare sequence. See more »


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He Lives In You
Lyrics and Music by Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, and Lebo M.
Arranged by Mark Mancina
Lead Vocal Performed by Lebo M.
Vocal Solos Performed by Maxi Anderson, Max Ngcobo, Khanyo Maphumulo, Khuluiwe Sithole, and Rose Stone
Background Vocals Performed by South African Choir, Maxi Anderson, Rose Stone, Ron Kunene, Oren Waters, Rick Nelson, and Terry Young
"He Lives In You" from the Walt Disney Records album, "Rhythm of the Pride Lands"
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Excellence at its best...why so many haters?
14 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

So I finally decided to break down and write a review for Lion King 2. I might seem like I'm ranting but I'm just so tired of people bashing this work of creation. Lion King 2 is not bad! ITS NOT! And I guess a lot of people are saying it is because they are expecting to see Lion King all over again. Well my advice to those is to hit the replay button on LK because its not happening. Sequels are not meant to be exact replicas of their predecessors. So, those who are looking for that with this movie are going to be rudely disappointed. Having that said, I think it can be agreed that LK2 brought something a little new to the table.

So first for those people complaining about the animation, it didn't suck. Either I'm blind or you are because I see the same quality animation as the first. Now I will admit LK2 wasn't as "flashy" as the original but it's not supposed to be. Its animation is more toned and a bit darker to fit the mood of the script. We can see this by just looking at Priderock , which had been shown from the other side to convey the shadowy feelings of Simba.Well since I brought that up I guess I'll start off with him first. Simba ,of course, is a big part of the movie. He is seen struggling to deal with his lingering hatred of his uncle Scar. He holds this resentment against Kovu and the Outlanders. Kiara is the daughter of King Simba making her a princess. She is strong minded and very independent. We can see this from her desire to do things herself and staying true to her heart. Bad-boy Kovu on the other hand is a lion trained by his evil mother, Zira, to befriend Kiara so that he may overthrow Simba thus, avenging Scar.

In the end Kiara and Kovu fall in love and show others that love is the most important thing above all, no matter what you look like or come from. So the two groups put an end to their bitter feud and decide to join together . They now see that there is no difference between them because they're all lions; They are one.And so the light finally shines on the other side of Priderock. The story actually gives an eye opening lesson to people. We shouldn't judge others by their race or their background. This is still an ever so prevalent issue in our society that I wish would just disappear. Well that's the lesson I got from watching this movie. It seems though that some people forgot their "Upendi" and "Hakuna Matata" back in Neverland because they're so oblivious to the fact LK2 is a stunning movie that conveys a strong message.

This movie was fantastic! Whats not to love? The animation was on key, the plot had good substance, and the characters are lovable and totally unforgettable. What more do you people want?! Not to mention the amazing song "We Are One" which makes my eyes turn into Niagara falls every time I hear it. *Sniff Sniff* (Now I miss Mufasa)...anyway. Asides from Lion King I don't think this movie could have did any better. Kudos to you Disney! Anyone who disagrees,oh well, I guess thats just you and your narrow minded opinion. #LEH

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