The Lion King

Walt Disney Feature Animation Released 1994


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Rob Minkoff , Roger Allers

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


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

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    I know this is unrelated, but we finally got rid of Sam & Cat! Hallelujah! So that's one crappy Nick show down, seven more to go. Now we just need to get rid of: The Thundermans, The Haunted Hathaways, Breadwinners, Rabbids Invasion, Sanjay and Cat, Every Which Way, and AwesomenessTV.
  • It's mediocre. It's honestly pretty bad at most of the climax that most movies have, but at least it tried.

    The Lion King is mediocre. It's not really my cup of tea, but it gets a 5 instead of a 0-4 for effort and trying. It would have gotten a 6 or a 7 if it weren't for a few scenes (ex: Mufasa's death, Nala chasing Pumbaa . The scene where Nala chases Pumbaa is my least favorite part, I really wanted to murder her when that happened. What makes it worse was that a female was trying to eat a male. That's really sexist.

    And Mufasa's death scene DID scare some youngsters according to older viewers, and which it should not have been part of the film. This film is slightly sexist, so it gets a 5 instead of a 6 or a 7, like I said earlier in this review. This movie is honestly a bit of a bore fest. I remember first watching it in third grade back in 2002, and I even thought it was mediocre back then. However 2002 wasn't so long from now, only a good ten to eleven years ago. But anyways, this movie is pretty boring. It could have been great, but the flaws I mentioned in this review just really got in the way of it. So I rate this so-called "blockbuster", a 5 out of 10. 5/10 is mediocre.moreless
  • Oh when the movies were good

    This movie is one of the better ones. Since the 2000's movies from Disney now SUCK.
  • King Of All Movies

    The Lion King is not just the Citizen Kane of animated movies. It's the most well-made movie I've ever seen in my life. The "10" rating is not giving the movie enough credit. It deserves an 100 for how amazing it is, and how much of a masterpiece this film is. There are no flaws to this film at all. Simba is a character that is easy to relate to, and is easy to get interested in. We've all been in his position in life where we have to make a choice to go back and take a stand against something, and we've all lost someone that is very close to us, and we all understand his conflict. The people at Disney have to be given the biggest credit possible for pulling this off without fail. The music is some of the most memorable I have ever heard. I even bought the soundtrack to this film, and I usually buy only rock and metal CDs. But the songs on here are so amazingly written and performed, that I just had to buy the soundtrack. The editing is the best I've ever seen. The scenes flow so well together that it's almost impossible to give them enough praise. The acting is some of the most fantastic in an animated film ever. From Jonathan Taylor Thomas giving an extremely cute performance of Young Simba, to the strength and power of James Earl Jones as Mufasa, to the very comical Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella as Timon and Pumbaa, the voices are among the best ever. What else needs to be said? The Lion King deserves to be given the most accolades of any movie in history for pulling off so many things so well. No wonder it's done so well with critics and the audience. This film is a masterpiece on ALL levels.

  • An amazingly funny movie with a rarely found moral.

    This was just simply great. It's hard to believe Disney made this and also made that Hannah Montana rip-off garbage. You just can't find a movie like this anymore. Great animation, the music is amazing, it manages to be funny and touching. 10/10.

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90s, Musicals