G | | Animation, Adventure, Drama
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.
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.
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.
There are no opening credits.
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.
English, Swahili, Xhosa, Zulu
ARS 4,447,493 (Argentina) (6 July 1994)