The Lion King

Release Date: July 19th, 2019

PG |1 hr 58 min

Plot Summary

Director Jon Favreaus all-new The Lion King journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cubs arrival. Scar, Mufasas brotherand former heir to the thronehas plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simbas exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonc Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon. Utilizing pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way, Disneys The Lion King roars into theaters on July 19, 2019.

Cast: Seth Rogen , Chiwetel Ejiofor , Alfre Woodward , Keegan-Michael Key , Donald Glover , John Oliver , James Earl Jones , Kanishk Gangwal

Director: Jon Favreau

Genres: Adventure , Animation , Drama , Family , Musical

Production Co: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures,Fairview Entertainment

Distributors: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

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]

  • 70
    Tim GriersonScreen International

    Blessed with some excellent voice performances, this new King is familiar but still lively enough to encourage audiences to emotionally invest again in story they are already so familiar with. show more

  • 60
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    By and large, very few remakes, other than Gus Van Sant's shot-by-shot reproduction of Psycho, have adhered as closely to their original versions as this one does. Everything here is so safe and tame and carefully calculated as to seem pre-digested. There's nary a surprise in the whole two hours. show more

  • 50
    Dana StevensSlate

    Uncanny singing animals aside, a secondary effect of the film’s commitment to zoological verisimilitude is to place the voice actors in a relatively powerless position. It’s a strange choice to assemble an all-star cast from various walks of celebrity—actors, pop singers, rappers, comedians—and then make their only contribution a verbal one. show more

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