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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)
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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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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

Unlike the other lions, Scar's claws are always displayed throughout the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Rafiki parts the grass to show Simba the Dream Pool, he pulls aside the grass on Simba's right (and holds it there). However when Simba passes through the gap, the grass on his left is also pushed aside as if by some invisible hand. It springs back once he's through. 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

Referenced in The Critic: Sherman, Woman and Child (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

The Lion Sleeps Tonight
(1994)
Written by Hugo Peretti, George David Weiss (as George Weiss) and Luigi Creatore
Based on a song by Solomon Linda and Paul Campbell
Sung by Nathan Lane (uncredited) and Ernie Sabella (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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