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The Lion King

Adventure . Drama . Animation . Family

A young lion cub named Simba can't wait to be king. But his uncle craves the title for himself and will stop at nothing to get it.

Actors: Jeremy Irons , James Earl Jones , Matthew Broderick , Jonathan Taylor Thomas , Rowan Atkinson , Robert Guillaume , Nathan Lane , Ernie Sabella , Niketa Calame , Moira Kelly , Jim Cummings
Directors: Roger Allers , Rob Minkoff
Country: USA
Release: 1994-06-24
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  • Jami Bernard

    Pure, eye-popping pleasure.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    A hugely entertaining blend of music, fun and eye-popping thrills, though it doesn't lack for heart.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Has the resonance to stand not just as a terrific cartoon but as an emotionally pungent movie.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • A timeless classic, full of excitement, humor, witty asides and memorable characters.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    This is the Mickey Mouse factory at its finest, with inventive animation, stirring music and a pride of inspired, almost-human animals.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Basically what we have here is a drama, with comedy occasionally lifting the mood. The result is a surprising seriousness; this isn't the mindless romp with cute animals.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    There are moments of fun and humor, to be sure, but the undercurrent is of a far more serious, "adult" nature. The Lion King is primarily about guilt and redemption.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Jeremy Gerard

    A dazzling -- and unexpectedly daring -- addition to the Disney canon.

    Variety Full Review
  • Robert Faires

    It's a thumping good adventure.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    For all the undeniable merits, it somehow feels manufactured, and thus, to a degree, calculated - the product not of a collective imagination taking esthetic chances, but of an imaginative collective putting the rivets into a well-wrought plan that can't go awry.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    The result is a step toward multiculturalism and ecological correctness, though not without a certain amount of confusion. The movie is not quite as entertaining as "The Little Mermaid" or "Beauty and the Beast."

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Rob Humanick

    Although far from the worst offender in Disney's canon, The Lion King is nevertheless host to many of the less savory qualities common to the studio's output.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Staff (Not credited)

    The film has some of Disney's most spectacular animation yet -- particularly in the wildebeest stampede -- and strong vocal performances, especially by skilled Broadway comedian Nathan Lane. However, it suffers from a curiously undeveloped story line.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Hal Hinson

    Shakespearean in tone, epic in scope, it seems more appropriate for grown-ups than for kids. If truth be told, even for adults it is downright strange.

    Washington Post Full Review
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  • 2. I Just Cant Wait to Be King Performer: Jason Weaver and Laura Williams with Rowan Atkinson Stream Music Online
  • 3. Be Prepared Performer: Jeremy Irons, with Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, and Jim Cummings Stream Music Online
  • 4. Hakuna Matata Performer: Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Jason Weaver, and Joseph Williams Stream Music Online
  • 5. Can You Feel the Love Tonight Performer: End credit version Elton John uncredited Stream Music Online
  • 16. I Just Can't Wait to Be King Performer: Jason Weaver, Rowan Atkinson & Laura Williams Stream Music Online