The Lion King

The Lion King

Roger Allers (1994)

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This crowd-pleasing cartoon musical from Walt Disney had enormous box-office appeal, and proved so popular that it was adapted as a spectacular stage show. For the children there's the story of how a lion cub, exiled by his wicked uncle, achieves his destiny (Disney loves orphans); for grown-ups there's a visual feast of exciting animation work, plus themes from Hamlet, Elton John and Tim Rice's great songs (Can You Feel the Love Tonight earned the duo an Oscar). Voices range from Whoopi Goldberg to Rowan Atkinson, with Jeremy Irons a vocal standout as the evil uncle Scar. Two straight-to-video sequels followed: The Lion King: Simba's Pride in 1998, and the Timon and Pumbaa spin-off Hakuna Matata in 2004.


A lion prince blames himself for his father's death and flees into the wilderness, leaving his wicked uncle to take over. As the cub grows to adulthood, he receives a vision of the dead king, who inspires him to seek revenge and reclaim his rightful throne. Disney animated musical, featuring the voices of Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg and James Earl Jones.

Cast & Crew

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
Sarabi Madge Sinclair
Shenzi the Hyena Whoopi Goldberg
Banzai the Hyena Richard "Cheech" Marin
Ed the Hyena Jim Cummings
Director Roger Allers
Director Rob Minkoff
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 7 Oct 2011
Drama Children's Music