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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

For Jon Favreau, the sequence with Simba and Nala making the journey back to the Pride Lands is reminiscent of classics like The Right Stuff (1983) and The Black Stallion (1979), films on which Caleb Deschanel was also the director of photography. See more »

Goofs

Adult lions never return to their birth prides. The only males that are allowed to stay around are those that are good breeders. In other words, that aren't related to everyone in the pack - as Simba would have been. 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 »


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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I REALLY did keep an open mind...
19 July 2019 | by daniellepwilksSee all my reviews

This is by far and away one of my top movies of all time and definitely a movie that I can say the lines pretty much the whole way through.

After thinking about "what I was disappointed with", I would say the following:

1. The broadway voices of Nathan lane, Ernie sambella and Jeremy irons really added that punch to the characters that you "don't know that you're missing till it's gone". Here I feel these characters fall flat with the "less projecting voices" and it was very noticeable. Seth Rogan was the best, but still, the missing "broadway aspect" these voices carried made the movie fall flat where it just could have been cast better???

2. So many of the little humorous exchanges with the hyenas and with rafiki were taken away. Part of the magic of the lion king was in the humor which was lost in this film. They did try and compensate a little, but I feel the laughter was just not there. Whoopi goldberg and cheech Marin were comedians, why was this not explored more to bring new comedians in for the hyenas roles?

Without the booming voices and humour, you realize that the movie is lacklustre where you are left with the story and the cinematography only. The cinematography is fantastic and I know this is a super hard movie to live up to the original, but I feel a lot of the magic that make this movie "a whole package" was just not there.

Did not feel the same about Aladdin remake - another movie that was with huge shoes to fill (duh, robin williams) and the Aladdin remake was absolutely fantastic.


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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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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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