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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

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Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Swahili | Xhosa | Zulu

Release Date:

24 June 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

King of the Jungle 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)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Matthew Broderick's first theatrically released animated film. Later he would go onto voice Adam Flayman in Bee Movie (2007), the title character of The Tale of Despereaux (2008), and June's Father in Wonder Park (2019). See more »

Goofs

After Scar throws Mufusa to his death the latter appears to be plunging straight down. However a few scenes later Simba finds his body under the broken tree which is a few feet away where Mufusa fell. 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

"In Remembrance of Frank Wells President of The Walt Disney Company from 1984-1994" See more »

Alternate Versions

This film was re-released in IMAX and other large format theaters on December 25, 2002. The following changes were made to the film for this release: -This movie opens with "The Lion King: Special Edition" title card, following the Walt Disney Pictures logo. -The pouncing lesson scene was replaced with an all-new song, "Morning Report", originally from the stage show. -The animation of crocodiles in the "I Just Can't Wait to be King" sequence was completely re-done. -The animation in some of the scenes went back through the clean-up animation department a second time, to correct problems such as wavering lines and missing details, which, while not very noticeable during a traditional 35mm showing of the film, would have been discomforting on a much large IMAX screen. Small details, such as the characters who had faces that were too small to be seen in the original had faces, were also added. -The waterfalls in the "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" sequence were enhanced. -The 2003 Platinum Edition release omits the original end credits sequence and it uses the static TV end credits from the 2002 IMAX/Special Edition re-release. See more »


Soundtracks

I Just Can't Wait to Be King
(1994)
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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Its a 10
16 July 2017 | by dipto31121978See all my reviews

"The best movie I ever watched in any form or any in language".

No, I am not exaggerating! It is the best movie ever, whether in human form or in animated. I can't find a single flaw in The Lion King (1994). Someone could argue that the story is not original, Disney just twisted it. Someone could also argue that i didn't watch that much of movies to judge "The Best Ever" but as I said, this the best movie I ever saw. The story is nice and free flowing and without any unnecessary bumpers. One can not recognized the voices behind the characters, because the characters are so prominent. Music! Let me say I am not very fond of English pop songs, but I could hum almost most of the songs of this movie, so I would say, music is that nice. Animation is superb, landscapes are eye catching, dialogues are sharp and comedy is at its best. What more might I say?

Beside everything, you can say how crazy I am about this movie by my name.

Enjoy the movie, don't leave the seat. Hakuna Matata!


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