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The Lion King (1994)

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A Lion cub crown prince is tricked by a treacherous uncle into thinking he caused his father's death and flees into exile in despair, only to learn in adulthood his identity and his responsibilities.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rowan Atkinson ... Zazu (voice)
Matthew Broderick ... Simba (voice)
Niketa Calame-Harris ... Young Nala (voice) (as Niketa Calame)
Jim Cummings ... Ed (voice)
Whoopi Goldberg ... Shenzi (voice)
Robert Guillaume ... Rafiki (voice)
Jeremy Irons ... Scar (voice)
James Earl Jones ... Mufasa (voice)
Moira Kelly ... Nala (voice)
Nathan Lane ... Timon (voice)
Zoe Leader Zoe Leader ... Sarafina (voice)
Cheech Marin ... Banzai (voice)
Ernie Sabella ... Pumbaa (voice)
Madge Sinclair ... Sarabi (voice)
Jonathan Taylor Thomas ... Young Simba (voice)
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Storyline

A young lion prince is cast out of his pride by his cruel uncle, who claims he killed his father. While the uncle rules with an iron paw, the prince grows up beyond the Savannah, living by a philosophy: No worries for the rest of your days. But when his past comes to haunt him, the young prince must decide his fate: Will he remain an outcast or face his demons and become what he needs to be? Written by femaledragon1234

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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The greatest adventure of all is finding our place in the circle of life. See more »


Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Swahili | Xhosa | Zulu

Release Date:

24 June 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lion King 3D See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,825,849, 15 June 1994, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$312,900,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$987,483,777, 12 November 2013
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (Dolby Stereo Spectral Recording) (Stereo)| Dolby Digital (special edition)| DTS (special edition)| SDDS (special edition) (uncredited)| Dolby Atmos (4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray release)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The premiere for the IMAX version of the film in New York had a strange request on the invitations: "No nannies." (In other words, "You are more than welcome to bring your children to this movie, but we sent the invitation to you and not to them for a reason.") 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

There are no opening credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

When the movie was released on DVD in October 2003, it offered two versions of the film: The "Special Edition" (the 2002 IMAX re-release), and the "Original Theatrical Release". The "Original Theatrical Release" is actually identical to the 2002 IMAX/"Special Edition" re-release, except that it opens with the memorial card to Frank Wells, following the Walt Disney Pictures logo. The Original Theatrical Release on the 2003 Platinum Edition DVD release omits the blue Walt Disney Pictures opening and closing logos and it uses the same opening and closing logos as the 2002 IMAX/Special Edition re-release. This includes the pouncing lesson scene. The Original Theatrical Release on the 2003 Platinum Edition DVD release omits the original scrolling end credits sequence and it uses an edited version of the same end credits from the 2002 IMAX/Special Edition re-release purporting to be the end credits from the Original Theatrical Release. All of the other edits that were made to the 2002 IMAX re-release (the cleaned-up animation, etc.) are also present in this version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Expedition Unknown: Africa's Cursed Lake of Gold (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Be Prepared
(1994)
Music by Elton John (uncredited)
Lyrics by Tim Rice (uncredited)
Arranged and Produced by Hans Zimmer
Performed by Jeremy Irons, with Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, and Jim Cummings
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The Best Animated Film I Have Ever Seen
1 January 2000 | by MisterWhiplashSee 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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