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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

Complete credited 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)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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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king | scar | prince | lion | africa | See All (130) »

Taglines:

The King Has Returned. [for Christmas 2002 IMAX release.] 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

Several character names are based on Swahili words:
  • Shenzi: Barbarous/Uncouth/Uncivilized/Savage


  • Pumbaa: Ignorant/Lazy/Careless


  • Sarabi: Mirage


  • Rafiki: Comrade/Friend


  • Simba: Lion/Courageous Warrior


  • Mufasa: reportedly the name of the last king of the Bagada people, who were dispersed during the English colonization of Kenya.


  • Nala: gift


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Goofs

When Timon and Pumbaa find Simba in the desert, Timon is frightened and climbs on top of Pumbaa. On the next shot we only see Pumbaa's shadow cast in front of Simba, without Timon. When we next see Pumbaa, Timon is back on Pumbaa's back. 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

Nico Golfar is also credited as "Score Wrangler". See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Kim Possible: So the Drama (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Hawaiian War Chant
(Tahuwa-Huwai) (1936)
Written by Johnny Noble (1936) and Prince Leleiohoku (as Leleiohaku) (1860)
Performed by Nathan Lane (uncredited)
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User Reviews

simply a wonderful, heartfelt tale for all ages
14 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

Delightful animated feature from Walt Disney Pictures about a naive young lion cub destined for greatness. Born the son of a beloved and authoritative king he's groomed to be the next ruler of the kingdom, but along the way he encounters tragic detours at the hands of his villainous uncle and scheming hyena henchmen. Years later—as an adult—he decides to embrace his destiny and take his proper place in the Circle of Life. Warm, intelligent, laugh-out loud funny film is a triumph in every aspect; unforgettable songs, snappy dialogue, remarkable animation, and a stellar cast of voices make this a treat for all ages. A rousing adventure that you can enjoy again and again, and arguably one of the finest animated films ever made. ****


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