The Lion King (1994)

The Lion King (1994)

The Lion King (1994)

The last, great Disney hand-drawn animated film, The Lion King follows the epic, African adventure of a young lion called Simba (voiced by Matthew Broderick) as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destined role as king of the jungle.

Also stars the voice talent of a booming James Earl Jones, Rowan Atkinson and Jeremy Irons.

Best Original Song (Elton John), Best Original Score (Hans Zimmer); Academy Awards 1995. Best Film (Comedy/Musical), Golden Globes 1995.
1994Rating: G89 minsUSAWalt Disney Animation
AnimatedKids & FamilyMusical

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The Lion King (1994) / Reviews

Variety

Variety

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

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Total Film

Total Film

Everything's fine-tuned to perfection. The hand-drawn characters throb with life. The CG set-pieces yank your jaw to the carpet. The maddeningly catchy songs keep things from getting too bleak. And the story has more emotional kick than a herd of stampeding wildebeest.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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

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Roger Ebert

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.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

This is more a favourite of the children than adult Disney fans. It has a few memorable songs and has spawned a very popular stage production.

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