Rowan Atkinson, Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Jeremy Irons & James Earl Jones
Director: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff & Roger Allers
Running Time: 89 minutes
Certificate: U - contains no material likely to offend or harm
"A royal treat"
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
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 begins life as an honoured 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. Sound familiar, Shakespeare fans?
In exile, the young lion befriends the comically bumbling pair of Pumbaa the warthog and Timon the meerkat, he 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.
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