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to watch the 32nd movie in Disney Animated Classics series about Simba, a young lion who is to take his father Mufasa's place as king; The movie was influenced by the biblical tales of Moses, and the William Shakespeare play Hamlet.
The Lion King was directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, produced by Don Hahn, and has a screenplay credited to Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts and Linda Woolverton.
The Lion King was released on June 15, 1994 to a positive reaction from critics, who praised the film for its music and story. With over earnings of over US$951 million worldwide as of 2011, the film is the highest-grossing hand-drawn film in history.
Story A lion prince, Simba, is born in Africa as the son of Mufasa, the King of the Pride Lands and Sarabi, Mufasa's queen. Simba's Uncle Scar plots to kill Mufasa and Simba so he is able to take over the throne.
 
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Simba, the lion who becomes King of the Pride Lands
Simba, the lion who becomes King of the Pride Lands


Timon
Timon - Simba's meerkat friend quite a fast talker


Pumbaa
Pumbaa - Simba's warthog friend with a flatulence problem


Scar
Scar - Simba's uncle
 
Mufasa
Mufasa - Simba's father, the King of the Pride Lands
  Sarabi
Sarabi - Mufasa's queen and the leader of the lioness hunting party
  Nala
Young Nala - Simba's best friend
 
 
Rafiki
Rafiki - a wise old mandrill who serves as shaman
  Zazu
Zazu - a hornbill who serves as the king's majordomo
  Nala
Nala as an adult fall in love with Simba and become his queen
 
 
Shenzi
Shenzi - female of the hyena trio
  Banzai
Banzai - most quick-tempered of the Hyenas
  Ed
Ed - too stupid hyena to lie at the right time
 

Original songs from soundtrack: Circle of Life, I Just Can't Wait to Be King, Be Prepared, Hakuna Matata, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts, It's a Small World.

Quotes

SCAR: Life's not fair, is it? You see, I... Well, I shall never be king. And you shall never see the light of another day. Adieu. ZAZU: Didn't your mother ever tell you not to play with your food? SCAR: What do you want? ZAZU: I'm here to announce that King Mufasa's on his way, so you'd better have a good excuse for missing this morning's ceremony. SCAR: Oh, look, Zazu. You've made me lose my lunch. ZAZU: You'll lose more than that when the king gets through with you. He's as mad as a hippo with a hernia. SCAR: I quiver with fear! ZAZU: Now, Scar, don't look at me that way. Help! MUFASA: Scar? Drop him. ZAZU: Impeccable timing, Your Majesty. SCAR: Why, if it isn't my big brother descending from on high to mingle with the commoners. MUFASA: Sarabi and I didn't see you at the presentation of Simba. SCAR: That was today? I feel simply awful! Must've slipped my mind. ZAZU: Yes, well, as slippery as your mind is, as the king's brother, you should've been first in line! ZAZU: Well, I was first in line, until the little hairball was born. MUFASA: That hairball is my son and your future king. SCAR: I shall practise my curtsy! MUFASA: Don't turn your back on me, Scar. SCAR: Oh, no, Mufasa. Perhaps you shouldn't turn your back on me. MUFASA: Is that a challenge? SCAR: Temper, temper. I wouldn't dream of challenging you. ZAZU: Pity. Why not? SCAR: Well, as far as brains go, I got the lion's share. But when it comes to brute strength, I'm afraid I'm at the shallow end of the gene pool. ZAZU: There's one in every family, sire. Two in mine, actually, and they always manage to ruin special occasions. MUFASA: What am I going to do with him? ZAZU: He'd make a very handsome throw rug. MUFASA: Zazu! ZAZU: And just think, whenever he gets dirty, you could take him out and beat him. RAFIKI: Simba. SIMBA: Dad! Dad! Come on, dad, we gotta go! Wake up! Sorry. Dad! Dad! SARABI: Your son is awake. MUFASA: Before sunrise, he's your son. SIMBA: Dad! Come on, Dad. You promised. MUFASA: Okay, Okay. I'm up, I'm up. SIMBA: Yeah! MUFASA: Look, Simba. Everything the light touches is our kingdom. A king's time as ruler rises and falls like the sun. One day, Simba, the sun will set on my time here and will rise with you as the new king. sIMBA: And this'll all be mine? MUFASA: Everything. SIMBA: Everything the light touches. What about that shadowy place? MUFASA: That's beyond our borders. You must never go there, Simba. SIMBA: But I thought a king can do whatever he wants. MUFASA: Oh, there's more to being king than getting your way all the time. SIMBA: There's more? MUFASA: Simba... Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures, from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope. SIMBA: But, Dad, don't we eat the antelope? MUFASA: Yes, Simba, but let me explain. When we die, our bodies become the grass, and the antelope eat the grass. And so we are all connected in the great circle of life. ZAZU: Good morning, sire! MUFASA: Good morning, Zazu. ZAZU: Checking in with the morning report. MUFASA: Fire away. ZAZU: Well! The buzz from the bees is that the leopards are in a bit of a spot. MUFASA: Really? What are you doing, son? SIMBA: Pouncing. MUFASA: Let an old pro show you how it's done. ZAZU: I told the elephants to forget it, but they can't... MUFASA: Zazu, would you turn around? ZAZU: Yes, sire. The cheetahs are hard up, but... MUFASA: Stay low to the ground. ZAZU: Cheetahs never prosper... SIMBA: Yeah, okay. Stay low to the ground, right? Yeah. ZAZU: What going on? MUFASA: A pouncing lesson. ZAZU: Very good. Pouncing. Pouncing? No, sire, you can't be serious. This is so humiliating. MUFASA: Try not to make a sound. ZAZU: What are you telling him, Mufasa? Mufasa? Simba? MUFASA: That's very good. GOPHER: Zazu! ZAZU: Yes! GOPHER: News from the underground. MUFASA: Now, this time... ZAZU: Sire! Hyenas in the Pride Lands! MUFASA: Zazu, take Simba home. SIMBA: Aw, dad, can't I come? MUFASA: No, son. SIMBA: Pah! I never get to go anywhere. ZAZU: Oh, young master, one day, you will be king. Then you can chase those slobbering, mangy, stupid poachers from dawn until dusk. SIMBA: Hey, Uncle Scar! Guess what? SCAR: I despise guessing games. SIMBA: I'm gonna be King of Pride Rock. SCAR: Oh, goody! SIMBA: My dad just showed me the whole kingdom, and I'm gonna rule it all! SCAR: Yes. Well, forgive me for not leaping for joy. Bad back, you know. SIMBA: Hey, Uncle Scar. When I'm king, what'll that make you? SCAR: A monkey's uncle. SIMBA: You're so weird. SCAR: You have no idea. So, your father showed you the whole kingdom, did he? SIMBA: Everything. SCAR: He didn't show you what's beyond that rise at the northern border? SIMBA: Well, no. He said I can't go there. SCAR: And he's absolutely right. It's far too dangerous. Only the bravest lions go there. SIMBA: Well, I'm brave. What's out there? SCAR: I'm sorry, Simba, I just can't tell you. SIMBA Why not? SCAR: I'm only looking out for the well-being of my favourite nephew. SIMBA: Yeah, right! I'm your only nephew. SCAR: All the more reason for me to be protective. An elephant graveyard is no place for a young prince. Oops! SIMBA: An elephant what? SCAR: Oh, dear, I've said too much. Well, I suppose you'd have found out sooner or later, you being so clever and all. Just do me one favour. Promise me you'll never visit that dreadful place. SIMBA: No problem. SCAR: There's a good lad. You run along now and have fun. And remember, it's our little secret. SIMBA: Hey, Nala. NALA: Hi, Simba. SIMBA: Come on. I just heard about this great place. NALA: Simba! I'm kind of in the middle of a bath. SARABI: And it's time for yours. SIMBA: Mom! Mom, you're messing up my mane! Okay, okay, I'm clean. Can we go now? NALA: So, where are we going? It better not be anyplace dumb. SIMBA: No, it's really cool. SARABI: So, where is this really cool place? SIMBA: Oh. Around the water hole. NALA: The water hole? What's so great about the water hole? SIMBA: I'll show you when we get there. NALA: Oh. Mom, can I go with Simba? SARAFINA: What do you think, Sarabi? SARABI: Well... SIMBA AND NALA: Please? SARABI: It's all right with me. SIMBA: Yeah! NALA: All right! SARABI: As long as Zazu goes with you. SIMBA: No, not Zazu. ZAZU: Step lively. The sooner we get to the water hole, the sooner we can leave. NALA: So, where are we really going? SIMBA: An elephant graveyard. Zazu. NALA: Right. So, how are we gonna ditch the dodo? ZAZU: Oh, just look at you two. Little seeds of romance blossoming in the savanna. Your parents will be thrilled, what with your being betrothed and all. SIMBA: Be-what? ZAZU: Betrothed. Intended. Affianced. NALA: Meaning... ZAZU: One day, you two are going to be married. SIMBA: Yuck! NALA: Eww! SIMBA: I can't marry her. She's my friend. NALA: Yeah, it'd be so weird. ZAZU: Sorry to bust your bubble, but you two turtle doves have no choice. It's a tradition going back generations. SIMBA: When I'm king, that'll be the first thing to go. ZAZU: Not so long as I'm around. SIMBA: Well, in that case, you're fired. ZAZU: Nice try, but only the king can do that. NALA: Well, he's the future king. SIMBA: Yeah, so you have to do what I tell you. ZAZU: Not yet, I don't. And with an attitude like that, I'm afraid you're shaping up to be a pretty pathetic king, indeed. SIMBA: Not the way I see it. ZAZU: You've rather a long way to go, young master, if you think... Now, when I said that... What I meant was... You don't realise... Now, see here! Well, that's definitely out. Not yet! ZAZU: I beg your pardon, madam, but get off! Simba? Nala! SIMBA: All right! It worked! NALA: We lost him. SIMBA: I am a genius. NALA: Hey, genius, it was my idea. SIMBA: Yeah, but I pulled it off. NALA: With me! SIMBA: Oh, yeah? NALA: Pinned ya. SIMBA: Hey, let me up! NALA: Pinned ya again. SIMBA: This is it. We made it. NALA: It's really creepy. SIMBA: Yeah. Isn't it great? NALA: We could get in big trouble. SIMBA: I know! NALA: I wonder if its brains are still in there. SIMBA: There's only one way to know. Come on, let's go check it out. ZAZU: Wrong! The only checking out you will do will be to check out of here. SIMBA: Oh, man! ZAZU: We're way beyond the boundary of the Pride Lands. SIMBA: Look, banana beak is scared. ZAZU: It's Mr banana beak to you, fuzzy, and right now we are all in very real danger. SIMBA: Danger? I walk on the wild side. I laugh in the face of danger. SHENZI: Well, well, well, Banzai, what have we got here? BANZAI: I don't know, Shenzi. What do you think, Ed? Just what I was thinking. A trio of trespassers! ZAZU: And quite by accident, let me assure you. A simple navigational error. SHENZI: Wait, wait, wait. I know you. You're Mufasa's little stooge. ZAZU: I, madam, am the king's majordomo. BANZAI: And that would make you... SIMBA: The future king. SHENZI: Do you know what we do to kings who step out of their kingdom? SIMBA: You can't do anything to me.

Production The Lion King was the first Disney animated feature to be an original story, rather than being based on an already-existing work.

Trivia

Originally titled "King of the Jungle", it was supposed to be about African lions living in the jungle until the production team realized that lions don't live in the jungle. Interestingly enough, the phrase "King of the Jungle" is still used on certain T-shirts sold at the Disney Store.

Several Disney animators went to Africa to study animal behavior and interaction in the wild. A grown lion and a cub were also brought into the animation studio as models for anatomy and musculature.

The Lion King opened on Broadway in 1997. The musical garnered 6 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and is produced by Disney Theatrical.

In the end of the scene where Mufasa explains to Simba that the stars are old kings, we can see the constellation of Leo (the lion) in the sky.

The lyric for the opening chant of "The Circle of Life" is: "Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba / Sithi uhm ingonyama / Nants ingonyama bagithi baba / Sithi uhhmm ingonyama / Ingonyama Siyo Nqoba / Ingonyama Ingonyama nengw enamabala". This translates as: "Here comes a lion, Father / Oh yes, it's a lion / Here comes a lion, Father / Oh yes, it's a lion / A lion We're going to conquer / A lion A lion and a leopard come to this open place".

Nearly twenty minutes of the film were animated at the Disney-MGM Studios. Ultimately, more than 600 artists, animators and technicians contributed to The Lion King over its lengthy production schedule.
 
 
Also you can watch online:      The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998)          The Lion King 3 (2004)          or read          The Lion King (1994) script

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