The Lion King
The Lion King (1994)

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)… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: June 15, 1994
DVD Release Date: October 7, 2003
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Emotionally stirring, richly drawn, and beautifully animated, The Lion King stands tall within Disney's pantheon of classic family films.

Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Jeff Beck
The Blu Spot

With its remarkable narrative, memorable characters, stunning animation, and brilliant music, The Lion King remains the very pinnacle of Disney's animated achievements.

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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker

Between traumas, the movie serves up soothingly banal musical numbers (composed by Elton John and Tim Rice) and silly, rambunctious comedy.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)

A majestic achievement.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

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.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

The rest of The Lion King alternates between grand-opera melodrama and low-comedy hi-jinks, superbly blending the two approaches.

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Dennis King
Tulsa World

Disney can take pride in this lion of a movie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Dean King
A great 2-d animated film as a young lion cub comes back to the pride to rule as King of the Jungle.
Eric Shankle
A well made film with beautiful animation and a great soundtrack. Many of the themes are for a mature audience which isn't necessarily surprising for a… More
Sam Barnett
"The Lion King" has been such an important part of so many childhoods since it came out, but what is so remarkable is that, whereas some childhood… More
Eugene Bernabe
Disney's brings a sensational and prideful story to fruition. Lion King is masterfully executed with its brilliance in CGI, story and dialogue. It's a… More
Michael Edwards
(3D review) When hearing they were remaking one of my favorite Disney animated films in 3-D for its 20th anniversary, you can bet I got hyped, and boy did this… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Memorable and moving, Lion King is a classic film with some glaring missteps.