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The Lion King

The Story & Characters from Disney's Movie, the Lion King

Walt Disney's The Lion King movie, released in 1993,
has won over the hearts of many movie critics and fans
for it's stirring story. The movie is about a young lion cub's
fight to regain his rightful throne as leader of Pride Rock.

King Mufasa, the revered ruler of Pride Rock and the
lands that surround it, teaches his young cub, Simba
about the "Circle of Life," that delicate balance of
nature which bonds all animals together. Simba's father
also prepares Simba for the day when he will be
called upon to take over the throne and rule the land.

However, Mufasa's evil brother, Scar, hopes that
day never comes. After the birth of Simba, Scar finds
himself second in line to the throne, and doesn't like
it one little bit.

Scar, along with his evil henchmen, the hyenas
(Banzai, Ed, & Shenzi) makes plans to overthrow Mufasa
and rule in his place.


A dastardly plot is hatched where he tries to lure Simba
into a wildebeest stampede. Mufasa is able to save
Simba, but is killed in the process. Uncle Scar then
leads the little Simba to believe that it was all his
fault and that it would be best for him to leave
the Pride Lands and never return.

A frightened Simba leaves and finds himself in the
company of a meerkat named Timon and a warthog named

With the guidance of Simba's new friends, who are
"footloose and fancy free," Simba adopts their
"Hakuna Matata" (no worries) attitude towards life
.....taking things one day at a time.

The cub matures into a young adult and is able to forget
his past until one day when Timon, Pumbaa, and Simba
are wandering about the forest.

Pumbaa is attacked by a female lion. Simba rushes on the
scene to fight her off, only to find it is his childhood
friend, Nala. The two lions reminisce and fall in love.
Simba storms off when she suggests that he should return
to Pride Rock and claim his right to the throne.

But Nala is persistent, she tells Simba of the hard
times and suffering that have come to the Pride Lands
under Scar's reign, and pleads with him to take his
place as king.

With the help of Rafiki, a wise shaman baboon, Simba realizes
that his father's spirit lives on in him and that he must take his
place in the circle of life and accept the responsibility of his destined
role as king of the Pride Lands.

With his new found courage, Simba sets off to re-capture
the throne from his uncle Scar. Timon and Pumbaa distract
the hyenas while Simba goes to confront his uncle.

He arrives just in time to see Scar knock down Sarabi,
Simba's mother. Thinking it's the ghost of Mufasa, both
Sarabi and Scar draw back.

After learning Simba is alive, mother and son reunite.
Scar, trying to keep his throne, pushes Simba into
"confessing" that he was responsible for his father's death.

While fighting with Scar, Simba finds himself in the same
position his father was once in: hanging over a cliff with
Scar hovering over him. Scar whispers that it was he,
and not Simba, who killed Mufasa. In a rage, Simba leaps
back up the ledge, pins Scar down, and makes him confess.
They fight, and Scar after blaming the hyenas, is thrown
off the edge of the cliff.

Simba takes his place on Pride rock, symbolizing his taking
back the throne. Meanwhile, Scar is confronted by a group of
angry hyenas who overheard him blaming them.

Some time later, the animals once more gather around to
celebrate the birth of Simba and Nala's new baby, Kiara.

Directed by
Roger Allers
Rob Minkoff

Writing credits
Irene Mecchi
Jonathan Roberts
Linda Woolverton

Songs by Elton John and featuring the voices of Whoopie
Goldberg, Cheech Marin, James Earl Jones, Matthew Broderick,
Nathan Lane and Jeremy Irons. Academy Award Nominations: 4,
including 3 for Best Original Song. Academy Awards: 2,
including Best Original Score and Best Original Song
(Elton John and Tim Rice: "Can You Feel the Love Tonight").

Since its premier in 1993, The Lion King has spawned two direct
to video sequels, one that will be released in 2004, a cartoon
series spin-off, Timon and Pumbaa, and an extraordinary
theatrical production.

This Disney classic was re-released to IMAX and giant screen
theaters in January 2003. Then came the announcement from Buena
Vista, a subsidiary of Walt Disney Corporation, that the film
would be released on DVD.

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