The Lion King

The Lion King

Another made-for-video sequel to a Disney masterpiece. As with the Beauty and the Beast and Pocahontas sequels, most of the recognizable vocal talents return, creating a worthwhile successor to the highest-grossing animated film ever. We pick up the story as the lion king, Simba (voiced by Matthew Broderick), and Nala (Moira Kelly) have a new baby cub, a girl named Kiara (Neve Campbell). Like her father before, she seeks adventure and ends up outside the Pridelands, where lions loyal to the evil Scar (who died in the original) have lived with revenge in their hearts. The leader, Zira (a spunky turn from Suzanne Pleshette), schemes to use her son Kovu (Jason Marsden) to destroy Simba. As luck with have it, Kiara has bumped into Kovu and fallen in love. This all sounds familiar since all of Disney's straight-to-video sequels have played it very safe, nearly repeating the originals' story, tone, and pace. Perhaps there were too many cooks for this production. Besides the two screenplay credits, there are eight other writers credited for additional written material. The look of the film has none of the surprise of the original but is far superior to other animated videos. In fact, the film played in European theaters. For kids, the sequel will be a favorite. The comic antics of Timon (Nathan Lane) and Pumba (Ernie Sabella) are enjoyable, as is Andy Dick as Nuka, the mixed-up older son of Zira. And there's plenty of action. The best element is the music. Relying on more African-influenced music, the five songs featured are far superior to those in Disney's other sequels. Zira's song of revenge, "My Lullaby," was cowritten by Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon. The standout opening number, "He Lives in You," was created for the Lion King Broadway smash and now finds a whole new audience. --Doug Thomas

Production: Buena Vista
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 33 wins & 29 nominations.
 
IMDB:
8.5
Metacritic:
83
Rotten Tomatoes:
93%
G
Year:
1994
88
$94,240,635
Website
32,316 Views
See it for the first time ever in 3D (2011 3D re-release)
The greatest adventure of all is finding our place in the circle of life.
The King Has Returned. [for Christmas 2002 IMAX release.]
The Circle of Life

Scar:
[Sarcastically overjoyed] Why! If it isn't my big brother descending from on high to mingle with the commoners.

Mufasa:
Sarabi and I didn't see you at the presentation of Simba.

Scar:
[Faking astonishment] That was TODAY?! Oh, I feel simply awful... [He turns and start scraping his claws on the rock wall. Zazu cringes at the sound. Admiring his claws] ...Must have slipped my mind.

Zazu:
Yes, well, as slippery as your mind is, as the king's brother, you should have been FIRST in line!

[Scar clicks his teeth at Zazu, who has flown near his face. Zazu takes cover behind Mufasa's foreleg. Scar bends down to speak to him.]

Scar:
Well, I was first in line... until the little HAIRBALL was born.

Mufasa:
[Lowering his head and meeting Scar eye to eye] That "hairball" is my son... and your future king.

Scar:
Ohh, I shall practice my curtsy.

[Scar turns away and starts to exit]

Mufasa:
[Warning] Don't turn your back on ME, Scar.

Scar:
[Looking back] Oh, no, Mufasa. Perhaps YOU shouldn't turn YOUR back on me.

Mufasa:
[Roars and literally jumps in front of Scar, baring his teeth for the first time] IS THAT A CHALLENGE?!

Scar:
Temper, temper. I wouldn't DREAM of challenging you.

Zazu:
Pity! Why not?

Scar:
[Looking at Zazu] Well, as far as brains go, I got the lion's share. But, when it comes to BRUTE STRENGTH [looking at Mufasa] ...I'm afraid I'm at the shallow end of the gene pool.

[Exit Scar]

Zazu:
[Deep sigh] There's one in every family, sire... TWO in mine, actually. [perches on Mufasa's shoulder] And they always manage to ruin special occasions.

Mufasa:
What am I going to do with him?

Zazu:
He'd make a very handsome throw rug.

Mufasa:
Zazu!

Zazu:
And just think, whenever he gets dirty, you can take him out and BEAT him.

[Mufasa laughs]

Simba:
[As he and Nala are walking in the jungle] Isn't this a great place?

Nala:
It is beautiful. But I don't understand something. You've been alive all this time. Why didn't you come back to Pride Rock?

Simba:
[climbs in the vines] Well, I just needed to... get out on my own. Live my own life. And I did. And it's great.

Nala:
We've really need you back home.

Simba:
No one needs me.

Nala:
Yes, we do. You're the king.

Simba:
Nala, we've been through this. I'm not the king. Scar is.

Nala:
Simba. He let the hyenas take over the Pride Lands.

Simba:
[shocked] What?

Nala:
Everything is destroyed. There's no food. No water. Simba, if you don't do something soon, everyone will starve.

Simba:
I can't go back.

Nala:
Why?!

Simba:
You wouldn't understand.

Nala:
What would I understand?!

Simba:
No, no, no. It doesn't matter. Hakuna Matata.

Nala:
What?

Simba:
Hakuna Matata. It's something I learned out here. Look, sometimes bad things happen...

Nala:
Simba-!

Simba:
and there's nothing you can do about it. So why worry?

Nala:
Because it's your responsibility.

Simba:
What about you, you left?

Nala:
I left to find help, and I found you! Don't you understand?! We are only hope.

Simba:
Sorry.

Nala:
What's happened to you? You're not the Simba I remember.

Simba:
You're right. I'm not. Now are you satisfied?

Nala:
No, just disappointed

Simba:
You know, you're starting to sound like my father. [starts walking away]

Nala:
Good. At least one of us does.

Simba:
[He felt shocked at what Nala said, he angrily turns to her] Listen, you think you can just show up and tell me how to live my life?! You don't even know what I've been through!

Nala:
[worried] I would if you just tell me!

Simba:
[walking away] Forget it!

Nala:
[angry] Fine! [turns her head away]

(Scar walks along a cliff's edge. He kicks a small rock off)

(Simba runs over to his uncle)

SIMBA:

Hey, Uncle Scar! Guess what?

SCAR:

I despise guessing games.

SIMBA:

I'm gonna be king of Pride Rock!

SCAR:

(sarcastically)

Oh goodie.

SIMBA:

My Dad just showed me the whole kingdom! And I'm gonna rule it all!

SCAR:

Yes. Well, forgive me for not leaping for joy. Bad back, you know.

(Scar flops down and rolls away from Simba. But the undaunted cub comes back)

SIMBA:

Hey, Uncle Scar, when I'm king, what'll that make you?

SCAR:

A monkey's uncle.

SIMBA:

(laughing)

You're so weird.

SCAR:

You have no idea.

So your father showed you the whole kingdom, did he?

SIMBA:

Everything!

SCAR:

He didn't show you what's beyond that rise at the northern border?

SIMBA:

Well, no.

He said I can't go there.

SCAR:

And he's absolutely right. It's far too dangerous. Only the bravest of lions go there.

SIMBA:

Well, I'm brave. What's out there?

SCAR:

I'm sorry, Simba, I just can't tell you.

SIMBA:

Why not?

(Scar puts his massive paw gently on Simba's head)

SCAR:

Simba, Simba. I'm only looking out for the well-being of my favorite nephew.

SIMBA:

Yeah, right. I'm your only nephew.

SCAR:

All the more reason for me to be protective.

An elephant graveyard is no place for a young prince.

Oops!

SIMBA:

An elephant what? Whoa!

SCAR:

Oh, dear, I've said too much. Well, I suppose you'd have found out sooner or later, you being so clever and all.

(Scar reaches out to hug Simba)

Just do me one favor. Promise me you'll never visit that dreadful place!

SIMBA:

No problem.

SCAR:

There's a good lad. You run along now and have fun.

(Scar lets Simba run along and have fun)

SCAR:
And remember, it's our little secret!


Share your thoughts on The Lion King's quotes with the community:

0 Comments

    Quote of the Day Today's Quote | Archive

    Would you like us to send you a FREE inspiring quote delivered to your inbox daily?

    Please enter your email address:

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add this movie page to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "The Lion King Quotes." Quotes.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 24 Jul 2024. <https://www.quotes.net/movies/the_lion_king_quotes_6724>.

    Know another quote from The Lion King?

    Don't let people miss on a great quote from the "The Lion King" movie - add it here!

    Browse Quotes.net

    Quiz

    Are you a quotes master?

    »
    "Dirt in the fuel line... just blowed it away."
    A Casablanca
    B The godfather
    C Gone in 60 seconds
    D Bonnie and Clyde