The Lion King


1h 27m 1994

Brief Synopsis

A heroic coming-of-age story which follows the epic adventures of a young lion cub named Simba as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destined role as king of the jungle. As a carefree cub, he is both excited and anxious to become king, one day, and spends his days froli

Film Details

Also Known As
Le roi lion, Leeuwenkoning, Lejonkungen, Lion King, Lion King LF, Roi Lion
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1994
Distribution Company
Walt Disney Studios Distribution
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 27m

Synopsis

A heroic coming-of-age story which follows the epic adventures of a young lion cub named Simba as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destined role as king of the jungle. As a carefree cub, he is both excited and anxious to become king, one day, and spends his days frolicking with his pal, Nala. His father, King Mufasa, the revered ruler of Pride Rock and the lands that surround it, teaches him about the "Circle of Life"--the delicate balance of nature which bonds all animals together; Simba's father cautions him to prepare for the day when he will be called upon to lead. Mufasa's evil brother, Scar, hopes that day will never arrive and schemes to do away with the king and Simba so that he can assume the throne for his own tyrannical purposes. Scar and his hyena henchmen--Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed--lure Simba into the path of a wildebeest stampede in which Mufasa is killed trying to save his son. Scar convinces Simba that he is responsible for his father's death and urges him to leave the Pride Lands and never return. A frightened and guilt-ridden Simba flees into exile where he is befriended by a wacky but warmhearted warthog named Pumbaa and his free-wheeling meerkat companion, Timon. Under the dubious guidance of this nature's odd couple, Simba adopts their "Hakuna Matata" (no worries) attitude towards life--taking things one day at a time. The cub matures into a young adult and is able to forget his past until a beautiful young lioness--who turns out to be his childhood friend Nala--arrives on the scene. She tells him of the hard times and suffering that have come to the Pride Lands under Scar's reign, and beseeches him to take his place as king. With the help of Rafiki, a wise shaman baboon, Simba realizes that his father's spirit lives on in him and that he must accept the responsibility of his destined role.

Crew

John Aardal

Animator

Beverly Adams

Inbetweener

Lesley Addario

Production Assistant

Sue Adnopoz

Animator

Gretchen Maschmeyer Albrecht

Animator

Catherine Alexander

Production Assistant

J. T. Allen

Story By

Tim Allen

Animator

Kathy Altieri

Other

Paulo R Alvarado

Inbetweener

Maxi Anderson

Other

Richard L Anderson

Sound Editor

Scott Anderson

Other

Tony Anselmo

Assistant

Sunny Apinchapong

Other

Ruben Azama Aquino

Animator

Stella P Arbelaez

Inbetweener

Debra Armstrong

Other

Barry Atkinson

Other

Rowan Atkinson

Song Performer

Karen N Austin

Production Assistant

Dana Axelrod

Production Manager

Kirk Axtell

Other

Hans Bacher

Visual Effects Designer

Janet Heerhan Bae

Other

Dale Baer

Animator

Chris Bailey

Animator

Kathleen M Bailey

Other

Tom Baker

Other

Tina Baldwin

Camera Operator

Tom Bancroft

Animator

Tony Bancroft

Animator

Mark Barrows

Effects Assistant

James Baxter

Animator

Noreen Beasley

Other

Rob Bekuhrs

Cgi Artist

Linda Bel

Animator

Bill Berg

Other

Jeannine Berger

Post-Production Coordinator

Mitchell Bernal

Layout Artist

Paul Berolzheimer

Sound Effects Editor

Deborah Beville

Assistant Editor

Rachel Renee Bibb

Inbetweener

Ivan Bilancio

Editor

Phyllis Bird

Other

Loni Beckner Black

Other

Aaron Blaise

Animator

Travis Blaise

Animator

Russell Blandino

Other

Christine Blum

Animator

Allen Blyth

Animator

Kirk Bodyfelt

Cgi Artist

Paul Bogave

Song

Antonia Bogdanovich

Assistant

Jamie Kezlarian Bolio

Other

Daniel Bond

Inbetweener

David A Bossert

Animator

Patsy L Bouge

Assistant Editor

Elliot M Bour

Inbetweener

Rejean Bourdages

Animator

Philip S Boyd

Animator

Ken Boyer

Animator

Terry Bradford

Other

Susan Bradley

Titles

Holly E Bratton

Other

Jo Ann Breuer

Camera Operator

Johnnie Britt

Other

Kristine Brown

Effects Assistant

Weldon Brown

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Jeanette Browning

Sound Dubbing

Janet Bruce

Digital Effects Supervisor

Robert Bryan

Animator

David Burgess

Animator

Annette Byrne-morel

Other

Joey Calderon

Other

Ofra Calderon

Other

Tim Callahan

Effects Assistant

Paul Campbell

Song

Carl Canga

Production Assistant

Brooks Capbell

Other

Jim Capobianco

Story By

John L Carnochan

Editor

Vince Caro

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Dominic M Carola

Effects Assistant

Robert Carr-hartley

Special Thanks To

Irma Cartaya

Color

Randy Cartwright

Animator

Sally Catic

Assistant Production Accountant

Michael Cedeno

Animator

Baby Cele

Other

Lucky Cele

Other

Brenda Chapman

Story By

Lillian Amanda Chapman

Animator

Rick Charles

Other

Brian Chavanne

Casting

Karen N China

Camera Operator

Michael Chock

Sound Effects Editor

Moon Choi

Inbetweener

Inna Chon

Assistant

James Christopher

Sound Effects Editor

Wesley Chun

Assistant

Brian Clift

Other

Merry Kanawyer Clingen

Animator

Diana Coco

Other

Ed Coffey

Animator

Karen Comella

Color

Patti Conklin

Assistant

Kat Connolly

Editing

Lorna Cook

Animator

Lorna Cook

Story By

Dan Cooper

Other

Robert O Corley

Inbetweener

Jesus Cortes

Assistant

Annamarie Costa

Other

Penny Coulter

Color

Fred Craig

Layout Artist

Luigi Creatore

Song

Andrae Crouch

Other

Andrae Crouch

Music Arranger

Lynette E Cullen

Camera Operator

Jim Cummings

Song Performer

John R Cunningham

Other

Sherrie Cuzzort

Other

Florida D'ambrosio

Other

Dan Daly

Inbetweener

Margie Daniels

Assistant

Guy Deel

Layout Artist

Andreas Deja

Animator

Lou Dellarosa

Animator

Anthony Derosa

Animator

Robert Dettloff

Other

Jeff Dickson

Layout Artist

Gugwana Dlamini

Other

Dominick R Domingo

Other

Kevin Dorsey

Other

Marcia Kimura Dougherty

Assistant

Gregory Alexander Drolette

Other

Debbie Dubois

Other

Michael Duhatschek

Effects Assistant

Natasha Dukelski Selfridge

Assistant

Juliet Duncan

Assistant

Ken Stuart Duncan

Animator

Lee Dunkman

Animator

Sara Duran-singer

Post-Production Supervisor

Jeff Dutton

Visual Effects Supervisor

Tonia Duvall

Music Contractor

Sally Dworsky

Song Performer

Russ Edmonds

Animator

Kristle Edwards

Song Performer

Joseph 'rocket' Ekers

Animator

Thom Enriquez

Story By

Robert Espanto Domingo

Inbetweener

Geoffrey C Everts

Inbetweener

Shannon Fallis-kane

Visual Effects

Colbert Fennelly

Effects Assistant

Brian Ferguson

Animator

Chadd Ferron

Inbetweener

Dominic Fidelibus

Other

Phyllis Estelle Fields

Other

Tom Finan

Editor

Cindy Finn

Color

Trey Finney

Assistant

Wendie L Fischer

Other

Tom Fish

Inbetweener

Gareth Fishbaugh

Camera Operator

Laurey Foulkes

Other

Bruce L. Fowler

Song

Bruce L. Fowler

Original Music

Bruce L. Fowler

Music Arranger

Jim Fowler

Consultant

Jazno Francoeur

Effects Assistant

Gail Frank

Assistant

Doug Frankel

Animator

Natalie Franscioni-karp

Other

Wendy Fraser

Other

Cliff Freitas

Production Assistant

Tony Fucile

Animator

Randy Fullmer

Art Department

Glen Gagnon

Production Accountant

Danny Galieote

Inbetweener

Sean Gallimore

Inbetweener

Matt Garbera

Animator

Raul Garcia

Animator

Andy Gaskill

Art Director

Andy Gaskill

Story By

Tom Gately

Inbetweener

Linda Gcwensa

Other

Mike Genz

Inbetweener

Mac George

Layout Artist

Mabel Gesner

Effects Assistant

Ed Ghertner

Layout Artist

Jean Gillmore

Visual Effects Designer

Francis Glebas

Story By

Nick Glennie-smith

Music Arranger

Nick Glennie-smith

Music Conductor

Steve Goldberg

Cgi Artist

Whoopi Goldberg

Song Performer

Alice Goldstone

Associate Producer

Nico Golfar

Music

Ed Gombert

Story By

Film Details

Also Known As
Le roi lion, Leeuwenkoning, Lejonkungen, Lion King, Lion King LF, Roi Lion
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1994
Distribution Company
Walt Disney Studios Distribution
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 27m

Award Wins

Best Score

1994

Best Song

1994

Award Nominations

Best Song

1994

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Nominated for the Cinema Audio Society's 1994 best sound award.

Nominated for two 1994 British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards, including Best Music and Best Sound.

The marketing of "The Lion King" was voted the best of 1994 by the Film Information Council.

Winner of the 1994 award for best animated film from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Winner of the 1994 award for best family film from the National Board of Review.

Released in United States Summer June 15, 1994

Wide Release in United States June 24, 1994

Re-released in United States November 18, 1994

Re-released in United States December 25, 2002

Re-released in United States September 16, 2011

Re-released in United States August 4, 2017

Released in United States on Video March 3, 1995

Hugo Peretti, George Weiss, and Luigi Creatore's song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" is based on the original version by Solomon Linda and Paul Campbell.

The 32nd full-length animated film from Disney, and the first to feature no human characters whatsoever. With over 30 million units sold to date, this is the top-selling video title in the United States.

Buena Vista Distribution Company pulled the film from theatrical distribution on Thursday, September 22, 1994. It was re-released on Friday, November 18, 1994 with a revamped marketing campaign.

Completed shooting Mid March 1994.

Began shooting Mid June 1992.

Walt Disney Pictures announced plans to release this film in 26 languages, ranging from Icelandic to Zulu, believed to be the most ever for a theatrical motion picture. By comparison, live-action movies are typically dubbed in only four basic territories -- France, Italy, Germany and Spain.

In remembrance of Frank Wells, the President of The Walt Disney Company from 1984-1994.

Exclusive engagement at Radio City Music Hall in New York City June 15-23, 1994.

Released in United States Summer June 15, 1994

Wide Release in United States June 24, 1994

Re-released in United States November 18, 1994

Re-released in United States December 25, 2002 (large format)

Re-released in United States September 16, 2011

Nominated for the 1994 Golden Reel Award by the Motion Picture Sound Editors in the animated feature category.

Re-released in United States August 4, 2017

Exclusive engagement at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, CA June 15 - July 28, 1994.

Released in United States on Video March 3, 1995