The Lion King
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One of the most popular Disney animated musicals, The Lion King presents the story of a lion cub's journey to adulthood and acceptance of his royal destiny. Simba (voiced first by Jonathan Taylor Thomas, then by Matthew Broderick) begins life as an honored prince, the son of the powerful King Mufasa (voiced by James Earl Jones). The cub's happy childhood turns tragic when his evil uncle, Scar (voiced by Jeremy Irons), murders Mufasa and drives Simba away from the kingdom. In exile, the young lion befriends the comically bumbling pair of Pumbaa the warthog (voiced by Ernie Sabella) and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Lion King, complete with jaunty songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, is undeniably and fully worthy of its glorious Disney heritage. It is a gorgeous triumph -- one lion in which the studio can take justified pride."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Even with its flaws, this latest Disney animated feature once again delivers what its audience wants. Too bad flesh and blood films can't be this consistent."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"the animation is stunning on the big screen and beautiful to watch"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Simba is a superbly realized character, especially in the first half of the movie when he's still a little cub."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"What gives this latest Disney cartoon a real excitement is its story, a swift, sometimes brutal tale of dynastic trouble in the animal kingdom."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"Between traumas, the movie serves up soothingly banal musical numbers (composed by Elton John and Tim Rice) and silly, rambunctious comedy."
‑ Terrence Rafferty, New Yorker
"It bears repeating that The Lion King is quite entertaining as children's fare goes these days. But Disney has established a standard so high on animated features that anything less than a classic leaves you feeling that something's missing."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Even the inescapable hype cannot diminish the fact that this is one great film."
‑ Bill Wedo, Philadelphia Daily News
"Wondrously imaginative, The Lion King is superior family entertainment, charming in every way."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"It's the stuff of classics, and every shred of this movie matches the intent and soulful message of personal growth and evolution, which is why it remains the emotional triumph it is."
‑ Katherine Monk,
"It's perhaps the closest Disney has come to creating a consciously mythical entertainment in the style of Star Wars. Yet like that film it keeps its sense of humor and fun."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"The rest of The Lion King alternates between grand-opera melodrama and low-comedy hi-jinks, superbly blending the two approaches."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"This crowd-pleasing cartoon musical from Walt Disney had enormous box-office appeal, and proved so popular that it was adapted as a spectacular stage show."
‑ Tom Hutchinson, Radio Times
"Although it's state of the art, one might say that in terms of its values, it's the best animated film of the 19th century."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"A near perfect and breathtaking animated epic..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
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