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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  • Nathan Lane in The Lion King (1994)
  • Robert Guillaume in The Lion King (1994)
  • Robert Guillaume in The Lion King (1994)
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  • Jonathan Taylor Thomas at an event for The Lion King (1994)
  • Madge Sinclair in The Lion King (1994)

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14 March 2002 | Special-K88
simply a wonderful, heartfelt tale for all ages
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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The view of Mount Kilimanjaro at the beginning of the film is as it appears from the north, from the area ranging from the Ambosei to the Chyulu national parks in Kenya. For those familiar with the film, Out of Africa (1985), this would place the action approximately one hundred miles south-southeast of Karen Blixen's farm. In the mid-nineteenth century when the Royal Geographic Society first received reports of the snow-capped Kilimanjaro, the reports were rejected because the Society believed that such mountains could not exist in equatorial Africa. The mountain has one remarkable yet little-known feature in that at certain times of year, on the cusp of the rainy seasons, there can be tall billowing clouds at high altitudes with clear sky below that can stretch for great distances. In such circumstances, the setting sun can strike the snowy peak of Kilimanjaro, which will reflect the light so that it strikes the tall, high-atmosphere clouds, having the effect of a movie projector. When this happens, the reflection of Kilimanjaro can be seen from as far as eighty miles away, despite its being below the horizon.


Scar: 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?


In the 2011 Diamond Edition release, the clouds that Simba runs towards as his father's spirit disappears were removed by mistake. This was corrected in the 2017 Signature Collection release.

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In the 2011 Diamond Edition release and current releases, the original 1990 Walt Disney Pictures logo was replaced with the current 2006 Walt Disney Pictures logo. These changes were also made in the 3D re-release, following the 2007 Steamboat Willie-inspired Walt Disney Animation Studios logo.


I Just Can't Wait to Be King
Music by
Elton John (uncredited)
Lyrics by Tim Rice (uncredited)
Arranged and Produced by Mark Mancina
Performed by Jason Weaver and Laura Williams with Rowan Atkinson


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Animation | Adventure | Drama | Family | Musical

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