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Tricked into thinking that he caused the death of his own father, a young lion cub flees and abandons his destiny as the future king.

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Cast

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Young Simba (voice)
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Adult Simba (voice)
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Mufasa (voice)
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Scar (voice)
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Adult Nala (voice)
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Young Nala (voice)
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Pumbaa (voice)
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Timon (voice)
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Rafiki (voice)
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Zazu (voice)
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Sarabi (voice)
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Shenzi (voice)
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Banzai (voice)
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Ed (voice)
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Young Simba (singing voice)
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Storyline

A young lion prince is born in Africa, thus making his uncle Scar the second in line to the throne. Scar plots with the hyenas to kill King Mufasa and Prince Simba, thus making himself King. The King is killed and Simba is led to believe by Scar that it was his fault, and so flees the kingdom in shame. After years of exile he is persuaded to return home to overthrow the usurper and claim the kingdom as his own thus completing the "Circle of Life". Written by King of Hearts <g.forth@uea.ac.uk>

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Life's greatest adventure is finding your place in the Circle of Life. See more »


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Release Date:

24 June 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

King of the Jungle  »

Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$47,585 (South Africa) (17 January 2003)

Gross:

$422,783,777 (USA) (13 January 2012)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

A few weeks before the film opened, Elton John was given a special screening. Noticing that the film's love song had been left out, he successfully lobbied to have the song put back in. Later, "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" won him an Academy Award for Best Original Song. See more »

Goofs

When Mufasa and Simba are talking at the top of Pride Rock, facing the sun, their shadows stream out behind them, which is correct. However, as Simba says "Everything the light touches", his shadow is in front of him, which is wrong. It should be cast on his right. Also, in the next shot, when Simba and Mufasa are facing south towards the 'shadowy place', their right sides are in shadow, with the light shining from the left. But it is sunrise, the sun, and therefore the light, should be on their right. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Scar: [Scar catches a mouse] Life's not fair, is it? You see, I... well, I shall never be king. And you... shall never see the light of another day. Hmm-hmm-hmm, adieu.
Zazu: Didn't your mother ever tell you not to play with your food?
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Crazy Credits

The IMAX version uses the orange/black Walt Disney Pictures logo (usually used for live-action movies). See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
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Traditional Spiritual
Sung by Rowan Atkinson
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The Best Animated Film I Have Ever Seen
1 January 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Lion King is a great film. Along with a great story (inspired by William Shakespeare's Hamlet), terrific animation, and an all star cast of voices, there are the lessons that are learned from this film (despite being a little rough for the younger children). Like responsibility and honor.

I rank this animated film among the great films I have ever seen. It was part of my childhood and it is a film experience I will never forget. And hopefully, you won't either. A++


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