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The Lion King Details


One of the most popular Disney animated musicals, The Lion King presents the story of a lion cub's journey to adulthood and acceptance of his royal destiny. Simba (voiced first by Jonathan Taylor Thomas, then by Matthew Broderick) begins life as an honored prince, the son of the powerful King Mufasa (voiced by James Earl Jones). The cub's happy childhood turns tragic when his evil uncle, Scar (voiced by Jeremy Irons), murders Mufasa and drives Simba away from the kingdom. In exile, the young lion befriends the comically bumbling pair of Pumbaa the warthog (voiced by Ernie Sabella) and Timon the meerkat (voiced by Nathan Lane), he and lives a carefree jungle life. As he approaches adulthood, however, he is visited by the spirit of his father, who instructs him to defeat the nefarious Scar and reclaim his rightful throne. Borrowing elements from Hamlet, classical mythology, and African folk tales, The Lion King tells its mythic coming-of-age tale with a combination of spectacular visuals and lively music, featuring light, rhythmic songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, and a score by Hans Zimmer. Embraced by children and adults alike, the film also spawned hit songs ("Can You Feel the Love Tonight," "The Circle of Life") and a hit Broadway musical. In late 2002, The Lion King was re-released in the large-screen IMAX format. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

  • Release date:September 16, 2011


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Tim Rice Best Original Song 1994 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tim Rice Best Song 1994 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Elton John Best Original Song 1994 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Elton John Best Song 1994 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Hans Zimmer Best Original Score 1994 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hans Zimmer Best Score 1994 Winner


Matthew Broderick
as Simba
Jeremy Irons
as Scar
James Earl Jones
as Mufasa
Moira Kelly
as Nala
Nathan Lane
as Timon
Ernie Sabella
as Pumbaa
Whoopi Goldberg
as Shenzi
Cheech Marin
as Banzai
Robert Guillaume
as Rafiki
Rowan Atkinson
as Zazu
Niketa Calame
as Young Nala
Jim Cummings
as Ed
Madge Sinclair
as Sarabi
Jonathan Taylor Thomas
as Young Simba
Jason Weaver
as Young Simba (Singing)
David McCharen
as Other Voices
Philip Proctor
as Other Voices
Frank Welker
as Other Voices
Cathy Cavadini
as Other Voices
Judi M. Durand
as Other Voices


Rob Minkoff
Roger Allers
Don Hahn
Jonathan Roberts
Linda Woolverton
Irene Mecchi
Elton John
Hans Zimmer
Composer (Music Score)
Tom Finan
John Carnochan
Andy Gaskill
Art Director
Alice Dewey
Associate Producer
Sarah McArthur
Executive Producer
Thomas C. Schumacher
Executive Producer
Joe Jiuliano
Camera Operator
Brian Chavanne
Richard L. Anderson
Supervising Sound Editor
Brenda Chapman
Storyboard Artist
Vera Lanpher
Character Animation
Tim Rice
Scott Santoro
Visual Effects Supervisor
Randy Fullmer
Art Department Coordinator