The Lion King

The Lion King DVD Cover

The Lion King is Disney's 32nd animated film. Released in theatres on July 24th, 1994, The Lion King grossed $783,841,776 worldwide and became the most successful film of 1994. The Lion King belongs to a group of movies called the Disney Renaissance (1989 - 1999), along with movies such as The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The Lion King is one of the highest grossing feature films ever, surpassing movies such as Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, The Da Vinci Code, and Forrest Gump by millions and millions of dollars. The Lion King became the first ever animated film that grossed over $700 million worldwide. The Lion King had the biggest debut at 1994, as well as the highest grossing film of 1994.

The Lion King takes place in the Pride Lands of Africa, where a lion rules over the other animals as the Lion King. The movie starts out with an African chant and a beautiful sunrise, and then works its way into the Circle of Life (a song sung in English and a native African language, written by british singer, Elton John, and lyrics by Tim Rice). During the song, Lion King Mufasa (James Earl Jones) stands on the top of Pride Rock and waits for the wise old mandrill, Rafiki (Robert Guillaume), to anoint his son and future king, Simba (Jonathon Taylor Thomas).

Through the tear-jerking hardships of his cubhood and adventures with the Hakuna Matata gang: Timon (Nathan Lane) & Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella), Simba (Matthew Broderick) is found by an old friend, Nala (Moira Kelly), and returns to the Pride Lands to reclaim the kingship from his evil uncle, Scar (Jeremy Irons).

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Young Simba:Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Adult Simba:Matthew Broderick
King Mufasa:James Earl Jones
Scar:Jeremy Irons
Adult Nala:Moira Kelly
Young Nala:Niketa Calame
Pumbaa:Ernie Sabella
Timon:Nathan Lane
Rafiki:Robert Guillaume
Zazu:Rowan Atkinson
Queen Sarabi:Madge Sinclair
Shenzi:Whoopi Goldberg
Banzai:Cheech Marin
Ed:Jim Cummings
Sarafina:Zoe Leader


The Lion King script can be found at The Lion King WWW Archive in HTML format, as well as in Plain Text format. Thanks to The Lion King WWW Archive for hosting these documents. You may also be interested in The Lion King working script, a scanned PDF version of The Lion King script as it was in August of 1993. Thanks to The Internet Movie Script Database for hosting this document.