The Lion King is a (1994) American cartoon film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 32nd Disney cartoon feature 32 and the fifth animated film produced at the time is known as the Disney Renaissance. The Lion King was directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff (at the beginning of the series) and was produced by Don Hahn, in the screenplay of Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, and Linda Woolverton.
Its original songs were composed by composer Elton John and artist Tim Rice, courtesy of Hans Zimmer. The film features voice actors including Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Moira Kelly, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Rowan Atkinson, Robert Guillaume, and Madge Sinclair (in his final film role), Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, and Jim Cummings.
Occurring in the African lion kingdom, the Lion King tells the story of Simba (a lion that means Swahili), a young lion who will succeed his father, Mufasa, as King of the Proud Nations; however, after Simba’s uncle) assassinated Mufasa to take the throne, Simba was tricked into thinking he was the culprit and fled into exile.
After growing up in a carefree home with Timon and Pumbaa, Simba gets an important idea from his childhood friend, Nala, and his friend Shaman, before he returns to challenge Scar to end his dictatorship and take his place in the Life Rally as the rightful King. “The Lion King.”
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“The Lion King.” In the proud lands of Africa, the pride of lions reigns over the animals from Pride Rock. King Mufasa and Queen Sarabi’s newborn son, Simba, were introduced to the animals gathered by Rafiki the mandrill, shaman, and state adviser.
Mufasa shows Simba Pride Lands and explains to him the royal responsibilities and the “cycle of life,” which connects all living things. Mufasa’s younger brother, Scar, is coveting a throne and plans to overthrow Mufasa and Simba to become king. He tricks Simba and his best friend Nala into exploring the tombs of the forbidden elephant, where they are chased by three wolves named Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed. “The Lion King.”
Mufasa was informed by his majordomo, hornbill Zazu, and rescued the lambs. Although upset with Simba, Mufasa forgives him and explains that the ancient kings guarded them against heaven at night, where they would one day guard Simba. Meanwhile, Scar visits the wolves and convinces them to help him overthrow Mufasa to get hunting rights in Pride Lands.
Scar traps his brother and nephew, lures Simba into a ravine, and makes wolves drive a large herd of wild animals to trample him. He informed Mufasa of Simba’s danger, knowing that the king would rush to save his son. Mufasa saves Simba but ends up hanging dangerously on the edge of the gorge, Scar throws Mufasa into a treadmill until he dies.
Scar then reassured Simba that the tragedy was Simba’s fault and advised him to resign and not return. He then tells the wolves to kill Simba, but Simba runs away. Unaware of Simba’s survival, Scar proudly reports that the stampede killed Mufasa and Simba and he proceeded as a new king, allowing the wolf family to settle in Pride Lands. “The Lion King.”
After Simba’s fall in the desert, he is rescued by Timon and Pumbaa, a meerkat and a warthog. Simba grows up with his two new friends in their tropical environment, living a comfortable life under the slogan “Hakuna Matata” (“no worries” in Swahili). Old Simba rescues Timon and Pumbaa from a hungry lioness, who turns out to be Nala. They reunited with Simba and fell in love, begging him to return home and tell him that Pride Lands had become a drought-stricken desert under Scar’s rule.
Feeling guilty over Mufasa’s death, Simba refuses and blows. He meets Rafiki, who tells him that Mufasa’s spirit is still on Simba. Simba is visited by Mufasa’s ghost in the night sky, who tells him he must take his place as king. Realizing that he could no longer run in the past, Simba decides to return to Pride Lands.
With the help of his friends, Simba slips past the wolves in Pride Rock and meets Scar, who is surprised to see him alive. Scar mocks Simba for his role in Mufasa’s death and returns him to the edge of a cliff, where he reveals to Simba that he killed Mufasa. In a fit of rage, Simba retaliates and forces Scar to speak the truth with all pride. Timon, Pumbaa, Rafiki, Zazu, and the lions protect the wolves while Scar, trying to escape, is stopped by Simba in a corner near the Pride Rock peak.
The scar begs for mercy and tries to blame his crime on the wolves; Simba saves his life but orders him to leave Pride Lands permanently. The scar strikes again, but Simba throws him to the ground. The wolves, who had heard that Scar was betraying them, flew into a rage and died. Simba takes over and Nala becomes her queen.
With the Pride Lands restored, Rafiki introduces Simba and Nala’s newborn baby to a group of animals, continuing the life cycle. “The Lion King.”
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