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5,757 Ratings

The Lion King

Directed by Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff
United States, 1994
Animation, Musical, Family


Young lion cub Simba, the heir to the throne of the animal kingdom, is cast out of his pride by his sinister uncle, who leads him to believe he was responsible for his father’s death. Years later, he returns to take his rightful position in this Disney animated musical.

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The Lion King Directed by Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1995 | 2 wins including: Best Music, Original Score

1995 | 2 nominations including: Best Music, Original Song

National Board of Review

1994 | Winner: Best Family Film

BAFTA Awards

1995 | Nominee: Best Sound

2004 | Winner: DVD (BAFTA Interactive Award)

Golden Globes (USA)

1995 | 3 wins including: Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

1995 | Nominee: Best Original Song - Motion Picture

Critics reviews

It’s structured like a savanna Bambi, with the trauma of a parent’s death bisecting its coming-of-age story. But the emphatic vastness of The Lion King’s canvas makes its forebear look like a modest romp through the forest. Propulsive set pieces through gorges and caverns alternate with gaudy musical extravaganzas.
January 12, 2016
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Though it’s somewhat less entertaining than The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin, The Lion King marks a welcome and fascinating shift in the Disney animated feature. . . . If my hunch is correct, these changes [multicultural casting] represent not so much a kowtowing to political correctness as a more accurate reckoning of Disney’s stateside and international audience.
July 22, 1994
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The Lion King doesn’t so much invert the usual Disney principle as confound it: black doesn’t become beautiful or white servile; rather, the categories get mixed up, stirred together into a melting pot. The lion hero, Simba, is seemingly white — Matthew Broderick is the voice — yet the lines of his father, Mufasa, are delivered by the recognizable voice of James Earl Jones; and Simba’s first musical number, “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King,” has a distinct Michael Jackson sound.
July 22, 1994
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