The Lion King

Release Date: June 15th, 1994

DVD Release Date: October 7th, 2003

G |1 hr 27 min

Plot Summary

This Disney animated feature follows the adventures of the young lion Simba (Jonathan Taylor Thomas), the heir of his father, Mufasa (James Earl Jones). Simba's wicked uncle, Scar (Jeremy Irons), 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 (Matthew Broderick) to take back his homeland from Scar with the help of his friends Timon (Nathan Lane) and Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella).

Cast: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Madge Sinclair, Moira Kelly, Nathan Lane, Rowan Atkinson, Ernie Sabella

Director: Roger Allers , Rob Minkoff

Genres: Animated , Children , Musical , Adventure

Production Co: Walt Disney Pictures

Distributors: Walt Disney Pictures

Keywords: Sacrifice, Quest, Heartwarming, Friendship, Emotional, Murder, Growing up

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Duane ByrgeThe Hollywood Reporter

    A scrumptiously delightful moviegoing experience. show more

  • 90
    Film Threat

    A timeless classic, full of excitement, humor, witty asides and memorable characters. show more

  • 100
    Rene RodriguezMiami Herald

    The Lion King is everything you'd expect it to be: utterly charming, dazzling, rapturous entertainment. It's one for the ages. [24 June 1994, p.G4]

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Awards

Winner Music (Original Song)
Winner Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1995)
Nominated Best Foreign Film
Amandaprisen (1995)
Winner Music (Original Score)
Winner Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1995)
Winner Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical