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The Lion King (2019)

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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 19 wins & 40 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

JD McCrary a fan of the 1994 classic stated "It was amazing finding out when I got the role because it is such an honor just to be part of a Disney movie at all," he admitted. "But being part of one of my favorites, The Lion King, and playing young Simba in the movie is a huge blessing. When I found out I was just so surprised." After the initial shock sunk in, he realized that him and Young Simba have many similarities. "My favorite part about playing young Simba was just being able to be myself during the movie. I didn't have to change my voice because my voice is naturally that high and I can really relate to Simba, so I didn't really have to act too much because I look up to my dad just like he does and we both have scary uncles," McCrary joked. See more »

Goofs

Near the start when Mufasa says "Let me explain," to Simba, his mouth doesn't move. 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 Disney logo has a hand-drawn animated design and resembles the 1960s Disney logo, the same design used in Jon Favreau's previous Disney film The Jungle Book (2016). See more »


Soundtracks

Hakuna Matata
Originated from The Lion King (1994)
Music by Elton John (uncredited)
Lyrics by Tim Rice (uncredited)
[Incorrectly credited as Written by Elton John and Tim Rice]
Produced by Pharrell Williams
Co-Produced by Stephen Lipson
Performed by Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, JD McCrary and Donald Glover
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What's the point?
26 July 2019 | by zfgipbcstcSee all my reviews

Disney remaked this film with the same plot and the same story with the same characters! But the only difference is that it is not an animation! As if they were bored and suddenly someone said hey! Lets remake The Lion King, but this time lets make it a "live-action" ! and the rest is trash

Please disney stop remaking and start creating!


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Country:

USA | UK | South Africa

Language:

English | Xhosa | Zulu | French | Spanish

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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

DTS (DTS: X)| Dolby Atmos | Dolby Surround 7.1 | Dolby Digital (5.1 surround)| IMAX 6-Track | 12-Track Digital Sound (IMAX 12 track)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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