Friday, 7 January 2011

The Lion King Review (Updated)

The Lion King

Release Date: 25th August 1994 – 

Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures (presents)
Walt Disney Feature Animation (Uncredited)

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 89 minutes

Budget: $45,000,000

Box Office Gross: $968,483,777 

Plot Summary
An unforgettable story, 
breathtaking animation, 
beloved characters, and 
Academy Award(R)-winning 
music (Best Original Score, 
1994; Best Song, "Can You 
Feel The Love Tonight") set 
the stage for the adventures 
of Simba, the feisty lion cub 
who "just can't wait to be 
king." But his envious Uncle 
Scar has plans for his own 
ascent to the throne, and he 
forces Simba's exile from 
the kingdom. Alone and 
adrift, Simba soon joins the 
escapades of a hilarious 
meerkat named Timon and 
his warmhearted warthog 
pal, Pumbaa.

Adopting their carefree 
lifestyle of "Hakuna Matata," 
Simba ignores his real 
responsibilities until he 
realizes his destiny 
and returns to the Pride Lands 
to claim his place in the 
"Circle of Life.

Voice Cast
Jonathan Taylor Thomas – 
Young Simba
Jason Weaver – Young Simba 
(singing voice)
Matthew Broderick – Adult 
Joseph Willams – Adult Simba 
(singing voice)
Jeremy Irons – Scar
James Earl Jones – Mufasa
Moira Kelly – Adult Nala
Sally Dworsky – Adult Nala 
(singing voice)
Niketa Calame – Young Nala
Laura Williams – Young Nala 
(singing voice)
Nathan Lane – Timon
Ernie Sabella – Pumbaa
Robert Guillaume – Rafiki
Rowan Atkinson – Zazu
Whoopi Goldberg – Shenzi
Cheech Marin – Banzai
Jim Cummings – Ed/Gopher/
Scar (singing voice) (in last 
part of Be Prepared) (Uncredited)
Madge Sinclair – Sarabi

Directors – Roger Allers & 
Rob Minkoff
Story Supervisor/Story – 
Brenda Chapman
Story – Burny Mattinson, Barry 
Johnson, Thorn Enriquez, 
Gary Trousdale, Jim Capobianco, 
Kevin Harkey, Jorgen Klubien,  
Tom Sito, Larry Leker, Joe 
Ranft, Rick Maki, Ed Gombert, Francis Glebas & Mark Kausler
Story/Art Director – Andy 
Story/Production Designer – 
Chris Sanders
Story/Animator: Adult Simba Lorna Cook
Additional Story Material – 
J.T. Allen, George Scribner, 
Miguel Tejada-Flores, Jenny 
Tripp, Bob Tzudiker, 
Christopher Vogler, Kirk Wise 
& Noni White
Writers – Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts & 
Linda Woolverton
Executive Producer – Thomas Schumacher
Producer – Don Hahn
Film Editor – Ivan Bilancio
Supervising Editors  John Carnochan 
& Tom Finan
Songs – Elton John
Lyrics  Tim Rice 
Choral Arranger/Conductor/Vocal Solos: African 
Improvisations (Uncredited) – Lebo M
Music – Hans Zimmer


1995 Academy Awards
Best Original Score - Hans Zimmer (Won) 
Best Original Song "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" - 
Elton John & Tim Rice (Won)
Best Original Song "Circle of Life" - 
Elton John & Tim Rice (Nominated)
Best Original Song "Hakuna Matata" - 
Elton John & Tim Rice (Nominated)

THE LION KING stands above other Disney animated classics, it's a majestic, epic and a funny masterpiece that is unlike any other. It is also very touching and I loved everything in the entire film such as its two best moments like the famous Circle of Life opening and the wildebeest stampede. 

Complimented with the talented voice acting of Jeremy Irons who is deliciously sinister as Scar and Nathan Lane was funny as Timon. The rest of the talented voice performances such as Matthew Broderick, Whoopi Goldberg, James Earl Jones and others also support the film. The superb music score by Hans Zimmer and terrific songs by legendary pop musician Elton John including the same opening number, "Be Prepared", "Hakuna Matata" and my favourite, the Oscar-winning "Can You Feel the Love Tonight".

The movie's plot was loosely based on William Shakespeare's Hamlet, yet THE LION KING was my favourite feature film of Disney and definitely the greatest 2D animated blockbuster and feature of all time that anyone or any family would love to watch. Oh, did I forgot to mention that the film and the 3D version (click here) are available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever


  1. Hey Film Guru Lad,

    I have to agree with you about the Lion King - it's the best movie ever. I really like the detail of your review and all this time I never knew that it was based on Hamlet.

    Keep blogging

  2. Film Guru Lad, I like you absolutely loved the original...Lion King movie. The humour within the movie is SO good and on many occasions has humour that probably some children may miss BUT adults always get. It was VERY interesting you have mentioned that The Lion King was based on the play Hamlet!
    Keep up with your film reviews FilmGuruLad as REALLY enjoy reading them!

    1. Well, I'm glad that you have enjoyed it as much as you read the description of my favourite movie. Yes, you were right about the hidden adult humour. It does however fit into THE LION KING that were some kids who didn't get the jokes.

      I'll look forward to read more of your comments on my blog.