THE LION KING

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
DECEMBER 26, 2013

An absolute classic, Disney’s “The Lion King” is one of the very first films I remember latching on to as a child, watching the VHS in constant succession, learning every line and every song, and the film still does not get old to this day, with a brilliant remastered version that makes the film look like it just came out today. Following the story of young lion cub Simba (voiced by Jonathan Taylor Thomas) after his birth and introduction to the Pride Land by his father, the current lion king, Mufasa (voiced by James Earl Jones), the cast of characters that he meets along the way are unmatched by any Disney film to date, including the hilarious meerkat and warthog pairing of Timon (Nathan Lane) and Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella), the crazy yet wise baboon Rafiki, and of course Simba’s evil uncle, Scar (Jeremy Irons), followed by the hoard of hyenas including Shenzi (Whoopi Goldberg), Banzai (Cheech Marin), and Ed (Jim Cummings). Interspersed with great melodies like “Just Can’t-Wait To Be King,” “Hakuna Matata,” and “Can You Feel The Love Tonight,” Disney’s original music department proves their worth in spades through these songs and makes them the most well known of all their features. The amazing voice cast paired with the outstanding storytelling and superb animation styling of Disney enter “The Lion King” into the annals of the most unforgettable animated films of all-time and spanning the decades as a favorite of children from the ’90s to today.

RELEASE DATE
June 15, 1994

DIRECTOR
Roger Allers
Rob Minkoff

WRITTEN BY
Irene Mecchi
Jonathan Roberts
Linda Woolverton
Brenda Chapman (story)
Barry Johnson (story)
Andy Gaskill (story)
Kevin Harkey (story)
Tom Sito (story)
Rick Maki (story)
Burny Mattinson (story)
Lorna Cook (story)
Gary Trousdale (story)
Jorgen Klubien (story)
Larry Leker (story)
Ed Gombert (story)
Mark Kausler (story)
Thom Enriquez (story)
Jim Capobianco (story)
Chris Sanders (story)
Joe Ranft (story)
Francis Glebas (story)

STUDIO
Walt Disney Pictures

G

ANIMATION
ADVENTURE
DRAMA
FAMILY
MUSICAL

88 minutes

COMPOSER
Hans Zimmer

EDITOR
Ivan Bilancio

CAST
Matthew Broderick
Jonathan Taylor Thomas
James Earl Jones
Jeremy Irons
Moira Kelly
Niketa Calame
Ernie Sabella
Nathan Lane
Robert Guillaume
Rowan Atkinson
Whoopi Goldberg
Cheech Marin
Jim Cummings
Madge Sinclair

PRODUCED BY
Don Hahn

BUDGET
$45 million

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