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Disney's The Lion King Title

Premiere Date:
June 24, 1994

Running Time:
84 Minutes

Rated: G

STORY LINE

A young lion club, Simba, struggles to find his place in nature's "circle of life" and follow in the steps of his father, Mufasa, after his father is killed by his uncle, Scar. Scar convinces Simba that he is responsible for the death of his father and forced to run far from the Pride Lands. The exiled Simba is befriended by a warthog, Pumbaa, and a meerkat, Timon, who shows him the ways of "hakuna matata" (no worries). When Simba's childhood friend, Nala, arrives she persuades him to return to the Pride Lands to regain control from Scar. The shaman baboon, Rafiki, convinces Simba that his father's spirit lives within him and he must accept him responsibility; and defeats Scar and the army of hyenas.

CAST

CHARACTER

VOICE TALENT

Young Simba

Jonathan Taylor Thomas

Adult Simba 

Matthew Broderick

Mufasa

James Earl Jones

Scar

Jeremy Irons

Adult Nala

Moira Kelly

Young Nala

Niketa Calame

Pumbaa

Ernie Sabella

Timon

Nathan Lane

Rafiki

Robert Guillaume

Zazu

Rowan Atkinson

Shenzi

Whoppi Goldberg

Banzai

Cheech Marin

Ed

Jim Cummings

CREW

DIRECTORS

Roger Allers
Rob Minkoff

SONGS

Elton John
Tim Rice

SCORE

Hans Zimmer

SUPERVISING ANIMATORS

Tony Bancroft
Andreas Deja

CAST OF CHARACTERS

Simba, Mufasa, Scar, Nala, Pumbaa, Timon,
Rafiki, Zazu, Shenzi, Banzai, Ed

SONGS

"Circle of Life", "I Just Can't Wait To Be King",
"Be Prepared", "Hakuna Matata",
"Can You Feel The Love Tonight"

Disney's The Lion King Home Video

Disney's The Lion King DVD

N/A

Disney's The Lion King Soundtrack

Home Video

Disney's Platinum Collection

DVD

Disney's Platinum Collection

(Order)

LaserDisc

Soundtrack

Disney DVD includes: 2 Versions ­ Special Edition (featuring a new song) and Original theatrical release; Deleted scenes; Exciting games with all-new animation: Virtual Safari (Personality Profile Game), Grab A Grub (Sound Sensations Game); Go beyond and explore the worldwide phenomenon: Animal Journey, Story Journey, Stage Journey, Film Journey, and Music Journey; New "Circle of Life" Music Video and much more; Full-screen and widescreen anamorphic formats

FAN SITE LINKS

The Lion King Obsession

The Lion King WWW Archive

The Pride Lands Online fanzine

Ryan's Lion

The Incredible Meerkat Obsession Nationwide (T.I.M.O.N.)

SPIN-OFFS

"The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride": A home video and DVD sequel.

Disney's The Lion King 1 1/2 DVD

"The Lion King 1 1/2": A direct-to-video sequel.
Pre-Order DVD

"The Lion King":
The stage version of the animated film that opened at the New Amsterdam Theater on Broadway on October 10, 1997 (the official opening was November 13).

"The Lion King: A Musical Journey":
A television special about the creating of the music in
"The Lion King", aired on ABC on June 15, 1994.

"The Lion King Celebration":
Parade at Disneyland beginning July 1, 1994
and ending on June 1, 1997.

"Lion King Celebration: A Roaring Good Time":
Half-hour television special on KCAL (Los Angeles); aired on July 24, 1994. A behind the scenes look at the making of the film.

"The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa":
Animated television series, began in syndication on
September 8, 1995, as part of the Disney Afternoon.

"Disney's Timon and Pumbaa in Stand by Me":
cartoon released on December 22, 1995, with "Tom and Huck"

TRIVIA

Academy Award winner for Best Original Score and
Best Song ("Can You Feel the Love Tonight"), 1995.

Limited release in New York and Los Angeles on June 15, 1994.

The project orginally began a number of years ago under the title "King of the Jungle".

 Computer-generated imagery was used to create the
dramatic wildebeest stampede.

 This film became one of the highest grossing films of all time.

An artistic team traveld to Africa to search for ways to best the Africian settings and also studied actual live lions and other animals that were brought into the Studio.

GALLERY

The Art of The Lion King Book

The Lion King IMAX