The Lion King

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Walt Disney Feature Animation Released 1994

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Director:
Rob Minkoff , Roger Allers
Released:
1994
Rating:
G

The Lion King is a 1994 animated epic musical adventure film, produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff. Drawing on influences from the biblical stories of Joseph and Moses, the Epic of Sundiata, and the William Shakespeare play "Hamlet", The Lion King tells a story of family, loyalty, trust, and bravery set against a beautiful African backdrop. When King Mufasa (James Earl Jones) and Queen Sarabi (Madge Sinclair) have a son, Simba (Jonathon Taylor Thomas, Matthew Broderick), Mufasa's younger brother, the heartless Scar (Jeremy Irons), decides that it is time to take drastic measures. With the birth of a new heir, it is now a great possibility that he will never assume the throne as ruler of the Pride Lands. Through great trickery and cruelty, Scar almost succeeds in taking over the Pride Lands for good until Simba, with new friends Nala (Niketa Calame, Moira Kelly), Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella), and Timon (Nathan Lane), save the day. The Lion King has achieved great critical and commercial success, winning dozens of awards and nominations over the years.

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  • 91

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Has the resonance to stand not just as a terrific cartoon but as an emotionally pungent movie.

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Basically what we have here is a drama, with comedy occasionally lifting the mood. The result is a surprising seriousness; this isn't the mindless romp with cute animals.

  • 80

    Variety

    A dazzling -- and unexpectedly daring -- addition to the Disney canon.

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90s, Musicals