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The Lion King

  • Animation
  • Family
  • 1994
  • Roger Allers
  • 84 mins
  • U

Summary

Disney's Oscar-winning animated musical adventure, featuring the voices of Matthew Broderick and Jeremy Irons and songs by Elton John and Tim Rice. Simba, a lion cub born to be king, learns the hard way to accept the burdens that come with his birthright.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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Young SimbaJonathan Taylor Thomas
Adult SimbaMatthew Broderick
MufasaJames Earl Jones
ScarJeremy Irons
Adult NalaMoira Kelly
Young NalaNiketa Calame
PumbaaErnie Sabella
TimonNathan Lane
RafikiRobert Guillaume
ZazuRowan Atkinson
SarabiMadge Sinclair
Shenzi the HyenaWhoopi Goldberg
Banzai the HyenaRichard "Cheech" Marin
Ed the HyenaJim Cummings

Crew

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DirectorRoger Allers
DirectorRob Minkoff

Details

Theatrical distributor
Buena Vista
Released on
2011-10-07
Languages
English | Xhosa | Swahili | Zulu
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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