After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery.

Director:

Jon Favreau

Writers:

Jeff Nathanson (screenplay by), Irene Mecchi (based on "The Lion King" screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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357 ( 86)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 19 wins & 43 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Scar (voice)
John Oliver ... Zazu (voice)
James Earl Jones ... Mufasa (voice)
John Kani ... Rafiki (voice)
Alfre Woodard ... Sarabi (voice)
JD McCrary ... Young Simba (voice)
Shahadi Wright Joseph ... Young Nala (voice)
Penny Johnson Jerald ... Sarafina (voice)
Keegan-Michael Key ... Kamari (voice)
Eric André ... Azizi (voice)
Florence Kasumba ... Shenzi (voice)
Seth Rogen ... Pumbaa (voice)
Billy Eichner ... Timon (voice)
Amy Sedaris ... Guinea Fowl (voice)
Chance the Rapper ... Bush Baby (voice) (as Chance Bennett)

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Storyline

In Africa, the lion cub Simba is the pride and joy of his parents King Mufasa and Queen Sarabi. Mufasa prepares Simba to be the next king of the jungle. However, the naive Simba believes in his envious uncle Scar that wants to kill Mufasa and Simba to become the next king. He lures Simba and his friend Nala to go to a forbidden place and they are attacked by hyenas but they are rescued by Mufasa. Then Scar plots another scheme to kill Mufasa and Simba but the cub escapes alive and leaves the kingdom believing he was responsible for the death of his father. Now Scar becomes the king supported by the evil hyenas while Simba grows in a distant land. Sometime later, Nala meets Simba and tells that the kingdom has become a creepy wasteland. What will Simba do? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The King Has Returned. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sequences of violence and peril, and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Keegan-Michael Key described the experience as "Overwhelming. I'm not even sure if there's another word for it other than overwhelming, it's such a cultural flashpoint in the history of our country, in the history of animation, it's something that resonates with me, something that I saw in the theater and felt humbled and privileged, it's mythical in a way." See more »

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Timon being a meerkat flies pretty heavily in the face of the species' actual bio-geography given that meerkats are endemic to the Namib and Kalahari desert regions of southwestern Africa. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Scar: [to mouse] Life's - not fair - is it, my little friend? While some are born to feast - others spend their lives in the dark... begging for scraps. The way I see it, you and I are exactly the same, we both want to find a way out.
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Crazy Credits

The song "He Lives In You" from The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride (1998) is heard in the closing credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Lights Out with David Spade: Episode #1.54 (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

He Lives In You
(African version)
Originated from the Walt Disney Records album "Rhythm of the Pride Lands - Music Inspired by Disney's The Lion King (1994)"
Written by Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin and Lebo M. (as Lebohang Morake)
Produced by Lebo M. and Mark Mancina
Performed by Lebo M.
[The second closing credits song]
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Looks so good, has no heart.
20 July 2019 | by terry-46096See all my reviews

The movie is adequate, that's not good enough for this live action though. Lion King is a masterpiece story that has been celebrated for years for its emotional and timeless value. This version falls really short. The voice acting is flat the tone is wrong and there is little to no emotion felt during a very slow boring few hours.

The only highlight in my opinion is Seth Rohan and Billy Eisner. Past that? A very forgettable and hollow version of the story.

Oh and Beyoncé over sings everything.


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Country:

USA | UK | South Africa

Language:

English | Xhosa | Zulu | French | Spanish | Hindi

Release Date:

19 July 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$260,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$191,770,759, 21 July 2019

Gross USA:

$543,638,043

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,657,870,986
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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