The Lion King is a 1994 animated epic musical comedy-drama film directed by Roger Allers (who would later direct Open Season) and Rob Minkoff (who would later direct Stuart Little), produced by Don Hahn, and has a screenplay by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, and Linda Woolverton. Its songs were written by Elton John and Tim Rice, while Hans Zimmer (Muppet Treasure Island) composed the music. It’s the 32nd film in the Disney Animation library, and it stars the voices of Matthew Broderick (Inspector Gadget, 1999), Moira Kelly, James Earl Jones (Star Wars), Jeremy Irons (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Nathan Lane (also in Stuart Little), Ernie Sabella, Rowan Atkinson, Robert Guillaume, Madge Sinclair, Whoopi Goldberg (Toy Story 3), Cheech Marin (Cars), and legendary Disney voice actor Jim Cummings.
The story focuses on Simba, who has to succeed his dad, Mufasa, as the rightful ruler of the Pride Lands. However, after his treacherous uncle, Scar, kills Mufasa, he tricks Simba into thinking he is responsible for his dad’s tragic loss, and Simba runs away. While growing up living with Timon & Pumbaa, Simba is taught values by his childhood friend, Nala, and his healer, a baboon named Rafiki, before he comes back home to stop Scar in order to put his reign of terror to an end and take his position as the rightful king in the unbroken Circle of Life.
Why I Love It
- Amazing animation, as always for Disney.
- Great voice acting.
- Jonathan Taylor Thomas as Simba
- Jason Weaver as Simba’s singing voice
- Matthew Broderick as Adult Simba
- Joseph Williams as Adult Simba’s singing voice
- James Earl Jones as Mufasa
- Jeremy Irons as Scar
- Niketa Calame as Nala
- Moira Kelly as Adult Nala
- Laura Williams as Nala’s singing voice
- Sally Dworsky as Adult Nala’s singing voice
- Nathan Lane as Timon
- Ernie Sabella as Pumbaa
- Robert Guillaume as Rafiki
- Rowan Atkinson as Zazu
- Madge Sinclair as Sarabi
- Whoopi Goldberg as Shenzi
- Cheech Marin as Banzai
- Jim Cummings as Ed
- Zoe Leader as Sarafina
- Brian Tochi as Fighting hyena (Uncredited)