The Lion King

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The Lion King
Genre: Animation
Photography: Color
Running Time: 88 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: June 15, 1994
Directed by: Roger Allers
Rob Minkoff
Written by: Irene Mecchi
Jonathan Roberts
Linda Woolverton
Distributed by: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
Starring: Matthew Broadrick
James Earl Jones
Jeremy Irons
Rowan Atkinson
Moira Kelly
Nathan Lane
Ernie Sabella
Robert Guillaume
Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Niketa Calame
Whoopi Goldberg
Cheech Marin
Jim Cummings
Madge Sinclair
Next film: The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

The Lion King is a fantasy musical film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures.


A young lion Prince named Simba is cast out of his pride by his cruel uncle Scar, who claims he killed his father Mufasa. While the uncle rules with an iron fist, 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?

Why It Rocks

  1. Disney animation in its purest form.
  2. The movie features talented voice actors, and they all put in a great performance. Even the usually unemotive Matthew Broderick puts in a great performance as Simba.
  3. Catchy songs that stay true to the African culture such as "Circle of Life", "Be Prepared", "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" and "Hakuna Matata".
  4. The film intelligently uses pathos and never gets corny.
  5. Interesting and well-developed characters the likes of Mufasa and the comic relievers Timon and Pumbaa. Also, Scar is a convincing villain.
  6. Mufasa's death is a very emotional scene.
  7. A simple and well-executed story with pretty decent humor makes this movie enjoyable by adults and children alike.
  8. It delivers strong life messages about facing your troubled past.

Bad Qualities

  1. The Hyenas can be annoying at times.
  2. Potty humor in the form of Pumbaa’s farts.
  3. The movie's message is strong, but Simba not actually committing the death of Mufasa, and how no one really stood by him until Scar reveals he was the one who killed Mufasa, kind of undermines the movie's message.
  4. While Matthew Broderick's performance as Simba is great, a few of his deliveries sound off.
  5. In 2002, Disney re-released the film in IMAX, which included unnecessary additions such as the animation for the crocodiles featured in "I Just Can't Wait to be King" being re-done and a new song called "The Morning Report" which replaces the pouncing lesson scene. The latter was reinstated for future home video releases.


The Lion King is considered to be one of the most successful full-length animated movies in the world.


  • The Lion King was animated by newly hired animators, and had a high belief among a majority of Disney's top animators (who opted to animate Pocahontas) that the movie would fail at the box office.
    • Ironically, the movie would be Disney's top animated hit and the biggest animated movie of all time.
  • Development of The Lion King began in 1988 during a meeting between Jeffrey Katzenberg, Roy E. Disney, and Peter Schneider while promoting Oliver & Company in Europe. Thomas M. Disch wrote a film treatment, and Woolverton developed the first scripts, while George Scribner was signed on as director, being later joined by Allers.
  • Computer animation was also used in several scenes, most notably in the wildebeest stampede sequence.

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