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Highest grossing film in Disney history (likely a temporary title) is a winner for kids and their folks. Like his dad Mufasa (Jones), lion cub Simba (Taylor) is destined to be king of the beasts, until evil uncle Scar (Irons) plots against him and makes him an outcast. Growing up in the jungles of Africa, Simba (now Broderick) learns about life and responsibility, before facing his uncle once again. Supporting characters frequently steal the show, with Sabella's Pumba the warthog and Lane's Timon the meerkat heading the procession (though Chong and Goldberg as hyenas give them a run). Disney epic features heartwarming combo of crowd-pleasing songs, a story with depth, emotion, and politically correct multiculturalism, and stunning animation. The sound quality is equally spectacular; during the two and a half-minute wildebeest stampede scene, you'll swear the animals are running amuck in the house. Thirty-second Disney animated feature is the first without human characters, the first based on an original story, and the first to use the voices of a well known, ethnically diverse cast. Scenes of violence in the animal kingdom may be too much for younger viewers.

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Available on Running time 88 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Animated Musicals, Disney Animated Movies, Family Ties, Jungle Stories, Wild Kingdom, Coming of Age, Top Grossing Films of 1994, Highest Grossing Films of All Time, Aunts & Uncles, Nieces & Nephews, Brothers & Sisters, Dads, Fires, Flatulence, Big Cats, 4 Bones
Screenplay
Jonathan Roberts, Irene Mecchi
Director
Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers
Music
Elton John, Hans Zimmer, Tim Rice
Other
Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Madge Sinclair, Robert Guillaume, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Richard "Cheech" Marin, Whoopi Goldberg, Rowan Atkinson, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Niketa Calame, Moira Kelly, Jim (Jonah) Cummings
Producer
Don Hahn, Sarah MacArthur, Tom Schumacher, Walt Disney Productions, Buena Vista

Awards

Oscars 1994: Song ("Can You Feel the Love Tonight"), Orig. Score; Golden Globes 1995: Film--Mus./Comedy, Song ("Can You Feel the Love Tonight?"), Score; Blockbuster 1995: Family Movie, T., Soundtrack.

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The Lion King
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Stacey

The adventurous movie of The Lion King hit theaters in 1994, with a run time of 88 minutes. Young prince Simba (Jonathan Taylor Thomas), son of King Mufasa (James Earl Jones), was saddened after the death of his father. His uncle Scar (Jeremy Irons) convinced Simba that he was the reason for his father’s death. When really it was Scar who wanted the two dead so he can become king. Simba felt so sad and ashamed of his father’s death, he fled the kingdom and lived in the jungle. There he meets his two best friends, Timon (Nathan Lane) and Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella). Years later, Nala (Moira Kelly) goes on a search to find Simba (Matthew Broderick). The kingdom is in danger and they need Simba to help save them from Scar and the hyenas. Now it’s up to Simba and his two pals to save the day!

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Nicholle

I loved this movie when I was little. Even now I think it's a great movie. I had a huge crush on Johnathan Taylor Thomas when I was little, so I watched everything he was in. I would sing along with the songs and I played the video game all the time. I cried when Mufasa died and I'd probably still cry. Simba and Nala were my favorite characters and I had all the toys of the characters in the movie and set them up in front of the tv whenever I'd watch it. I was so excited when they came out with a second one.