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: Children , Animated , Musical , Adventure

Production Co: Walt Disney Pictures

Distributors: Walt Disney Pictures

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 100
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    A hugely entertaining blend of music, fun and eye-popping thrills, though it doesn't lack for heart. show more

  • 100
    Jami BernardNew York Daily News

    Pure, eye-popping pleasure. show more

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Awards

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