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The Lion King

The story of a young lion cub named Simba, born to King Mufasa and Queen Sarabi. Growing up in the Pride Lands he learns to hunt and embarks on fun adventures with his friend Nala, a lioness cub.

His evil uncle Scar plots to kill Mufasa, and convinces Simba that he is responsible for his father's death, urging him to run away and never return.

Simba flees the Pride Lands and is befriended by Pumbaa the warthog and his pal Timon, a meerkat. Together they teach the lion cub their "Hakuna Matata" (no worries) attitude, and spend their days eating bugs.

One day Simba, now a young adult, meets Nala who tries to persuade him to return to the Pride Lands which have been devastated under the rule of King Scar. At first Simba is reluctant, until the wise baboon Rafiki convinces him that his father's spirit lives on in him, and must return to take his rightful place as king.

Simba returns, much to the shock and surprise of his uncle Scar. A great fight ensues, but Simba manages to defeat Scar, regain his role as the Lion King, and falls in love with Nala.

88 minutes long.

Release Date

June 15, 1994.

Released on video in 1995.

Cast List

Directed By:
Roger Allers
Rob Minkoff

Written By:
Irene Mecchi
Jonathan Roberts
Linda Woolverton


I Just Can't Wait To Be King
Be Prepared
Can You Feel The Love Tonight
Hakuna Matata
Circle Of Life
Morning Report

Fun Facts

The film was originally to be called "King of the Jungle."
A team of more than 600 artists, animators, and technicians worked on the film.
Over 1 million drawings were created for the film, which is made up of 1,197 hand-painted backgrounds and 119,058 individually colored frames of film.
It won Academy Awards in 1994 for Best Original Score -- Hans Zimmer; and Best Original Song, "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" -- Elton John (Music), Tim Rice (Lyrics)
The film won a Golden Globe in 1994 for Best Motion Picture, Comedy/Musical; and Best Original Score.
The Lion King has been translated into 32 languages, from Swedish to Zulu.

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Young Simba: Hey, Uncle Scar. Guess what?
Scar: I despise guessing games.
Young Simba: I'm going to be King of Pride Rock.
Scar: Oh Goodee.
Young Simba: My dad just showed me the whole kingdom. And I'm gonna rule it all. Hehe.
Scar: Yes, well forgive me for not leaping for joy. Bad back, you know.
Young Simba: Hey Uncle Scar, when I'm King, what'll that make you?
Scar: A monkey's uncle.
Young Simba: You're so weird.
Scar: You have no idea.

Mufasa: Look, Simba. Everything the light touches is our kingdom.
Young Simba: Wow...
Mufasa: A king's time as ruler rises and falls like the sun. One day, Simba, the sun will set on my time here, and will rise with you as the new king.
Young Simba: And this'll all be mine?
Mufasa: Everything...
Young Simba: Everything the light touches...

Pumbaa: It's our motto.
Young Simba: What's a motto?
Timon: Nothing. What's a motto with you?

Young Simba: Hey, Uncle Scar, will I like the surprise?
Scar: Simba, it's to die for!




DVD & Soundtrack

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DVD Bonus Features

  • Includes Two Versions Of The Film -- The Special Edition, Including The All-New Song "Morning Report," And The Original Theatrical Release
  • "The Making of 'Morning Report'"
  • THE LION KING Personality Profile Game -- Discover Which Character From The Film You're Most Like
  • All-New "Circle Of Life" Music Video Featuring the Disney Channel's Hilary Duff ("Lizzie McGuire"), Raven ("That's So Raven"), and Christy Carlson Romano ("Even Stevens")
  • Sing-Along Track
  • Timon's Grab-A-Grub Game -- Test Your Grub-Grabbing Skills (Featuring 2-Player Mode)
  • Pumbaa's Sound Sensations -- All-New Sound-Matching Game In 5.1 Surround Sound
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Timon & Pumbaa's Virtual Safari -- Join Your Outrageous Tour Guides Timon & Pumbaa For An Action-Packed Blast Through The Wilds Of Africa
  • Animal Journey -- Learn How Real Animals Inspired These Animated LION KING Characters, Hosted By Roy Disney
  • Storymaking Magic -- Learn The Fascinating Origin And Influences Behind The Story Of THE LION KING
  • Stage Journey -- Behind The Scenes Of The Award-Winning Broadway Hit Musical, Interviews With Julie Taymor
  • Film Journey -- Behind-The-Scenes Footage, Character Design, Computer Animation, African Art Inspiration
  • Music Journey -- Exclusive Interviews With Sir Elton John And Tim Rice And THE LION KING Music Videos
  • And Much, Much More!


The Circle of Life
Life's greatest adventure is finding your place in the Circle of Life.


Simba pounces on Zazu's back, but when it shows them on the ground, Simba's paws are on Zazu's front.
Simba scratches Shenzi's cheek leaving scratch marks, but a few shots later, they are gone.
The number of Simba's whiskers alternate between four and five during the film.
The number of tail feathers on Zazu change from four to eight during the film.

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