The Lion King

Release date: June 15th 1994
Length: 88 minutes
Sequels/Prequels: The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998); The Lion King 1 1/2 (2004)
Live-action version: The Lion King (2019); Mufasa: The Lion King (2024)
Preceded by: Aladdin
Followed by: Pocahontas
The Lion King

Movie Synopsis

An unforgettable story, breathtaking animation, beloved characters, and award-winning music set the stage for the adventures of Simba, the feisty lion cub who "just can't wait to be king." But his envious Uncle Scar has plans for his own ascent to the throne, and he forces Simba's exile from the kingdom.

Alone and adrift, Simba soon joins the escapades of a hilarious meerkat named Timon and his warmhearted warthog pal, Pumbaa. Adopting their carefree lifestyle of "Hakuna Matata," Simba ignores his real responsibilities until he realizes his destiny and returns to the Pride Lands to claim his place in the "Circle of Life."

Cast of Characters / Credits

Young SimbaJonathan Taylor-Thomas
Adult SimbaMatthew Broderick
ZazuRowan Atkinson
PumbaaErnie Sabella
TimonNathan Lane
RafikiRobert Guillaume
NalaMoira Kelly
MufasaJames Earl Jones
ScarJeremy Irons
EdJim Cummings
ShenziWhoopi Goldberg
BanzaiCheech Marin

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Photo Gallery

Rafiki, baby Simba
Timon, Pumbaa
Simba, Timon, Pumbaa
Simba, Nala
Mufasa in the sky
Mufasa, Simba