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

This Disney animated feature follows the adventures of the young lion Simba, the heir of his father, Mufasa. Simba's wicked uncle, Scar, plots to usurp Mufasa's throne by luring father and son into a stampede of wildebeests. But Simba escapes, and only Mufasa is killed. Simba returns as an adult to take back his homeland from Scar with the help of his friends Timon and Pumbaa.

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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