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MPAA Rated PG for sequences of violence and peril, and some thematic elements

Sex & Nudity

  • None. Basically the closest thing at all is Scar keeps pestering Sarabi to be his queen. The animals are depicted without any visible reproductive organs.
  • All animals do not show their private areas at all since they're all computer generated.

Violence & Gore

  • The main villain, Scar, is shown (fully onscreen) slashing open and devouring a gazelle, though no blood is shown.
  • Lions fight together, and with other animals, using bites, throws and blows to the face.
  • The death of loved-ones is a theme of the film.
  • A lion's chin is seen to be bloody while feeding.


  • Timon says "Yes, of course we can keep him! My God, who is the brains of this operation?".
  • There is rude humour concerning a flatulent warthog, as well as infrequent use of very mild bad language ('God').

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Cubs are chased by hyenas intent on killing them.
  • Just like the original, Scar kills Mufasa by throwing him off a cliff. This is very intense and emotional.
  • Scar can scare young viewers
  • A beetle is visible rolling a huge ball of dung across the savanna grassland. It is very large and realistic. This could be frightening/unsettling for young and/or sensitive viewers.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Sex & Nudity

  • There is speculation among some fans that Simba and Nala are either cousins or half siblings, due to the fact that the only adult male lions in the pride are brothers Scar and Mufasa, but kids almost certainly won't pick up on this.

Violence & Gore

  • A lion kills his brother by throwing him from a cliff. Later he tries the same thing to another lion
  • As in the original, Scar is heard and eaten alive by a pack of hyenas, but this version is far more graphic, as the actions are entirely clear, everything is shown completely on-screen, Scar tries to fight back, and he's heard delivering a bloodcurdling painful scream.
  • There is a several minute long violent animal-on-animal sequence where the lions and hyenas are fighting. Next to no blood is shown, other than blood on Scar's lips when eating a carcass.
  • Rakiki hits some Hyneas with his stick during the fighting sequence at the end.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The lion cub is caught up in a stampede of wildebeest; his father is killed during the rescue attempt.
  • In comparison to the original, Scar is a lot more evil and menacing. It is heavily implied for instance, that he will not allow the lionesses to leave Pride Rock when he is king.
  • A baby is caught in a stampede and his father died. Can be sad and/or frightening for young viewers

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