The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride (1998)

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Simba's daughter is the key to a resolution of a bitter feud between Simba's pride and the outcast pride led by the mate of Scar.


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17 January 2004 | travisimo
5
| Not the Mightiest Lion
Being a big fan of the first Lion King, it would take a heck of a sequel to match my appreciation for the first flick. The Lion King II: Simba's Pride doesn't even come close in my eyes, but I don't think Disney was really shooting for that. The story is likeable enough with Simba's daughter, Kiara, growing up and trying to step out of Simba's shadow. She meets an outsider, Kovu who is some sort of descendant or handpicked successor of Simba's nemesis, Scar. Kiara and Kovu hit it off as young cubs but are told by Simba they can't see each other when Simba learns of Kovu's background. In a way it's kind of refreshing to see a flaw in our hero, Simba, as he holds a grudge against Kovu for something Kovu had absolutely no control over. Then again, I wondered where exactly these outside lions came from, as I don't recall seeing a glimpse of them at all in the first LK.

Anyway, Kovu and Kiara grow up and fall in love and that stuff, but Kovu has been taught to hate Simba and the other Prideland lions. I'll stop there, but you get the sense of what the story is like. It's not groundbreaking material, but it's nice enough to keep you and/or the little ones interested. There are some flaws in LK2 that I just couldn't get over. The animation is obviously nowhere near that of the original as it was made from a much smaller budget. That's okay and all, as the story usually trumps visuals, but some effects like the fire scene were pretty bad. The fire just stood out like a sore thumb. I've seen better effects on David Letterman skits!

My next problem with the movie is the voice work. Most of it is done well by the original cast (Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella), but Rowan Atkinson is missed as the neurotic bird, Zazu. I also didn't like the actor who voiced Kovu, Jason Marsden. I don't dislike Jason Marsden personally, but he has done characters in the past that have just annoyed the crap out of me. I actually remember him as Eddie Munster in The Munsters Today. In the new version, Eddie becomes some sort of punk who rebels against his family. That's not the Eddie Munster I knew as a child. Furthermore, he also voiced Goofy's grownup son, Max, in The Goofy Movie. I liked Max when he was a kid in the TV series, Goof Troop, but as an adolescent, Max was just a whiny, selfish brat. So whenever I hear Jason Marsden's voice, I just get annoyed. It's my own issues, I know.

Now for my last complaint, which is usually the same for any Disney sequel, the music is just not up to par with the original. Elton John and Tim Rice were desperately missed in this movie. Although I will say there was one song that was fairly good, Love Will Find a Way. It's a nice ballad that really can fit in with any Disney feature. It also sounded familiar to me, like maybe I've heard it on the radio. That is just something uncommon with Disney sequels.

I know I've complained a lot, which is sort of hard for me to do, because I love The Lion King and Disney, but LK2 just isn't my type of flick. I'm very glad to see other reviewers enjoy it though. To each their own, I say!

My IMDb Rating: 5/10. My Yahoo! Grade: C+ (Flawed but Worthy)

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Trivia

Vitani is one of the few if only cubs who are actually obedient to their parents and does not appear to have a headstrong side, unlike Nuka (who neglects his mother's orders to watch over Kovu), Kovu (who promptly leaves the Outlands into a place he's not allowed), Kiara (who does the exact same thing), and Simba (who deliberately disobeys his father to check out the Elephant Graveyard). Vitani appears to be totally devoted to her mother's plot, until the final moments of the film. The second cub to act obediently to their parents is Kion, as in "The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar", Kion was reluctant to enter the Outlands, hinting that he was informed by Simba of the dangers there.


Quotes

Timon: Ah, Pumba. Look at that little guy! A chip off the old block. And you gotta know who's gonna raise him.
Pumbaa: His parents?
Timon: Okay, sure. Get technical. But who's gonna teach him the real important stuff? Like how to belch.
Timon: And dig for grubs. I'm telling you...


Goofs

(at around 2 mins) Rafiki paints a spot on baby Kiara's head, the camera pans to Timon and Pumbaa then pans back to Rafiki when he says "it is a girl" Kiara's spot is missing.


Crazy Credits

At one point in the credits it says, "This film would not have been possible without the inspiration from the original motion picture and the work of its talented artists and animators.", and dedication appears. This feature copying from Pocahontas II (1998) during their credits.


Alternate Versions

When Kovu begins to run away from the crocodiles, Kiara shouts, "What about me?!" Originally, he said, "You gotta take care of yourself!" Now he says "I'll distract 'em! Run!"


Soundtracks

Love Will Find a Way
Music by
Tom Snow
Lyrics by Jack Feldman
Performed by Liz Callaway and Gene Miller
Chorus: Kevin Dorsey, Darryl Phinnessee, Niki Harris (as Niki Haris), Julia Waters, Rick Nelson, Maxine Waters Willard (as Maxine Waters), Bobbi Page, Terry Young, and Monalisa Young (as Mona Lisa Young)

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Genres

Animation | Adventure | Family | Musical | Romance

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