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The Lion King

1994
Drama
Family/Kids
1h 28m
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Rated 18 Mar 2016
95
91st
Apparently it only rains in Africa when "good" lions are in charge.
Rated 02 Feb 2009
95
98th
So far my best animation movie, great songs and I must confess with lots of emotions. The first 5 minutes are fascinated. I like animals and with great music it is for me fabulous.
Rated 25 Jan 2010
55
14th
I've spent hours trying to convince people that Mufasa is the real villain of The Lion King. Mufasa's policy of expelling the hyenas to barren lands and arguing that the separation follows nature's order is an allegory of apartheid, complete with Bantustans (the wastelands). Mufasa's power basis is that of a Czar: Welfare for the ruling class (lions) at the expense of the underclass (hyenas), combined with religious mysticism (the monkey). Scar is no hero, but the hyena revolt is justified.
Rated 28 Aug 2010
99
83rd
This animated Disney classic, portrays the story of Shakespeare's Hamlet in a new, kid-friendly drama, with African lions as the main characters. Simba, the main cub, learns the harsh lessons of life at a young age and attempts to escape this cruel past in a forgotten paradise. Nola, the heroine cub, forces SImba to finally face his history and to fight for everything that is good in the land.
Rated 17 Apr 2009
8
79th
Damn, I was going for Scar.
Rated 27 Aug 2009
95
60th
The Lion King is an amazing movie. The combination of animation, and music makes this film appealing to all ages. The very impressive cast including Matthew Broderick, and James Earl Jones embodies these animated characters and make them come alive in this story about growing up and finding yourself. I would defiantly recommend this movie to anyone who likes to laugh or sing and maybe even cry a little.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
8
93rd
(2014-15 Disneython #26:) Great movie about the political maneuvering of large cats. Among Disney's best; epic animation, songs with a lot of heart and flair, a pitch-perfect cast (Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, etc.) in the days before stunt celebrity casting in animated movies, and it has the balls to kill off a major good guy character. Drags juuust a hair when it gets into the love story scene. Still terrific.
Rated 28 Aug 2010
100
66th
Lion Pride is one of kind. This movie has all the aspects of a greatness and it even goes beyond that. As a child, I would always look forward to watching this film and as an adult, I still have the same reaction. All of the characters are audience friendly and lovable. The plot also has great depth attracting a sense of attachment to the film.
Rated 07 Feb 2007
84
81st
One of the best animated cartoons ever made.
Rated 01 Feb 2013
50
56th
A curious, violently manipulative retelling of the history of Soviet Union. Scar represents the spectre of communism, enabling the hyenas/proletariat to kill Mufasa/the Czar. After that everything supposedly goes to shit, the scene where the hyenas snarl at Simba's mother after occupying her home being lifted straight from Dr. Zhivago. In the end, backed by Timon & Pumbaa (the West), Simba (Yeltsin and his oligarchs, i.e. aristocracy evolved into the Chigaco school capitalism) defeats communism.
Rated 08 Jan 2007
100
99th
The best Disney film of all time. Heartbreaking, hilarious, and awe-inspiring. Probably the best soundtrack of all Disney musicals as well. Everything I would want in a family film.
Rated 28 Jun 2008
100
99th
My favorite Disney animation film. Perfect movie.
Rated 05 Oct 2011
96
90th
Emotionally and Beautifully pictured, The Lion King is an instant Disney classic for all ages. Good voice acting, animation, direction, and awesome characters to follow until the very end. Probably my all-time favorite animated movie from Disney that isn't Pixar.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
30th
It's Hamlet with lions. I never really liked Hamlet, and I don't care about jungle animals. I'm still not really sure why this was such an enormous hit.
Rated 02 May 2017
95
98th
The first ever movie I saw in the theater, and I went three times. Partially because I loved it, and the rest because I was 3-years-old and couldn't sit through an entire movie at the theater yet. Luckily for me, I had a father who enabled me in my love for this movie throughout my young childhood. I tell you that because despite the beautiful animation, the wonderful songs, and memorable characters with fantastic voice-acting I'm unsure if I can ever fully separate this movie from my nostalgia.
Rated 24 Jun 2008
98
99th
Great movie and great music.
Rated 15 May 2023
75
80th
Lions will sometimes sleep for twenty hours a day so I don't feel bad about napping during this.
Rated 14 Feb 2008
50
33rd
The first sign that the resurgence of quality Disney movies was over after Howard Ashman bought it. I don't care how ridiculously successful this movie was; it's so... BLAND. Jeremy Irons seems to be enjoying himself tremendously as the villain, but that's about all that is special, here
Rated 27 Feb 2009
100
95th
yayyyyyyy
Rated 07 Jan 2007
0
0th
I give failing grades for plagiarism.
Rated 17 Apr 2009
100
98th
i think this is the best animation musical made ever.
Rated 18 Feb 2007
70
39th
Yeah, The Lion King is a quite good movie. Is it anywhere near a great movie? For kids, sure, but for adults? The story is archetypal enough to be considered a Hamlet homage, so of course it's pretty good. The songs are decent. Timon and Pumbaa are among the most tolerable of Disney's endless amounts of sidekicks. All in all, quite good. But is it a great movie? No.
Rated 27 May 2009
95
93rd
Timon and Pumba are the secret stars of that Movie together with SImba. Can't remember of such a funny and cute trio before.It is my favorite Disney Cartoon ( except the classic's like Snow White or Pinocchio )
Rated 14 Feb 2012
70
65th
Upon review I was surprised to find that the magic has faded somewhat. The artisanship cannot be denied, but if the formula wasn't old then, it certainly is now. The all dancin', all singin' hero, girl and three sidekicks formula seems much less like perfect escapism, and much more like 'buy the cd and get the teddy bears'.
Rated 30 Mar 2009
4
13th
(2nd viewing) By far one of Disney's worst (without taking the plagiarism aspect into account), I wanted to turn it off after 5 minutes, tedious and unapologetically showy. Why does this film look like Tinkerbell sprayed pixie dust all over it ? Why the fudge do they speak Spanish in Africa ???????????!!!!!!!!!!!! People are so easy to please. The Sega game rocked though :o
Rated 14 Aug 2007
84
77th
From the animation to the story to the music to the voice talent, one of the best Disney efforts of all time.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
74
59th
The film looks great with some catchy tunes and a nice story. Great one to watch with the kids.
Rated 26 Jun 2008
93
98th
Great
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
93rd
One of the best Disney films ever created.
Rated 29 Mar 2009
83
95th
One of my favourite Disney films of all time.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
90th
My favorite Disney film, and my favorite film from my childhood. Awesome and epic. People need to shut up about the plagiarism, though. Oh no, false advertising! Get over it.
Rated 11 Mar 2008
87
52nd
Parts are fabulous, parts are a bit dull for me; plus, parts are just a bit too sad for me if I'm in the mood for something with animated talking savanna creatures. The music is fantastic, though!
Rated 08 Oct 2007
100
99th
The best animation already done by the Disney. Unbeatable, great. The story is beautiful and amusing.
Rated 09 Oct 2012
98
94th
A marvelous film that ranks among Disney's best works. It has a great story with beautiful animation and very likable characters. On top of that, this has some of the best music in any Disney film. And the standout of those is the Circle of Life sequence. Since Fantasia's Night on Bald Mountain, Disney has not combined animation and music so well.
Rated 29 Jun 2014
10
98th
The Lion King is without any shadow of a doubt my favourite Disney film and one of my all time favourite films in general. The story telling is unparalleled, the animation is stunning, the characters are timeless and the voice work is arguably Disney's best. Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones & Rowan Atkinson in particular are superb. And both Elton John's soundtrack and Hans Zimmer's score are spectacular. The collaboration of talents is special and The Lion King is the epitomisation of Disney.
Rated 02 Feb 2008
3
61st
Remember when Disney animated feature releases were blockbusting cultural "events?" What happened?
Rated 05 Nov 2008
90
80th
Easily one of Disney's best.
Rated 27 May 2011
35
4th
Broad characterizations, predictable plotting, black and white morality... there's not a shred of nuance to be found here. I kept waiting for something unexpected to happen, or something amusing, or something touching. Nothing. I felt nothing but a desire for it to end. The jokes are lame and the songs are obnoxious. Some of the performances are decent. As is the animation, which didn't impress me but there were a few nice flourishes. I'm at a loss for anything else kind to say.
Rated 22 Feb 2008
99
99th
Best Disney Movie ever made.
Rated 23 Jun 2016
90
94th
Arguably my favorite Disney film of all time because A) It's great and B) It came out at the perfect age for me. The story is wonderfully emotional and the music is fantastic. If you have young kids and you haven't let them watch this yet then please call social services on yourself.
Rated 02 May 2012
95
82nd
Great family / kid movie with some comedy in it
Rated 26 Jul 2010
100
92nd
Another Disney great, it's story-telling at one of it's best. Nuf said.
Rated 08 Jan 2007
100
99th
My favorite Disney 2D film. Amazing story, amazing animation, amazing soundtrack.
Rated 28 Sep 2013
83
72nd
I would rank as a 100 if I were a kid again.
Rated 27 Feb 2012
20
95th
one of the best things about my childhood
Rated 18 Jul 2010
89
83rd
An overall excellent movie, and a great example of what Disney can do when they really make an effort. A note to those complaining about the similarities to Kimba the White Lion: Do you also complain that Sergio Leone's breakout film A Fistful of Dollars is basically a carbon copy of Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo? And for that matter, Yojimbo is heavily influenced by Noir classic The Glass Key. Cinema is adaptation, everything old is new again, so on and so forth.
Rated 25 Apr 2009
82
84th
One of my favourite cartoons. This film has got everything in it for children and even I, as an adult, still enjoy it. All the characters are by the book. The evil opposite Scar with the black hear, a goatee and pointed face draw. Just as I said, all by the book. And Timon and Pumba ofcourse. Have to laugh with them.
Rated 04 Jul 2020
53
27th
Nothing original, it's overrated.
Rated 03 Oct 2015
90
76th
Great music, great characters, a great kids movie with essential themes.
Rated 18 Feb 2012
92
90th
This movie has always been a favorite of mine. A fantastic movie with great animation and wonderful voice acting and singing, this movie will always be near and dear to my heart. I love how the movie has a Shakespearean story line. This is definitely something that can be watched again and again. I find it funny that the stars of the "Producers" Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick both have a part in this movie. Like I said the music is awesome. This is in my top three for sure!
Rated 12 Aug 2012
85
68th
ITS THE LION KING IT ROCKS
Rated 05 Apr 2009
100
99th
all time favourite :)
Rated 11 Jul 2012
90
73rd
Classic tale of growing up, with animation that still stands on its own today. Great music and voice performances.
Rated 20 Apr 2013
98
81st
A masterpiece. That's the only thing to call it. Score, songs, the characters, the message, are all there. It's an undeniably fantastic film that trumps most adult films in emotional impact and heart.
Rated 20 Aug 2015
100
91st
Most popular Disney The Lion King presents the story of a lion cub's journey of his royal destiny. Simba the son of the powerful King Mufasa. His evil uncle, Scar, murders Mufasa and drives Simba away from the kingdom In exile the young lion befriends the comically bumbling pair of Pumbaa the warthog and Timon the meerkat, lives a carefree jungle life. At adulthood, however, he is visited by the spirit of his father, who instructs him to defeat the nefarious Scar and reclaim his rightful throne
Rated 06 Jul 2010
100
95th
Classic. And yes, I cried when Mufasa died, as well.
Rated 30 Mar 2009
99
87th
my childhood movie, classic
Rated 06 Jan 2009
70
38th
another great disney flick
Rated 04 Apr 2013
88
88th
This was my favorite movie for like the first five years that I was alive.
Rated 10 Jun 2007
40
30th
Vile capitalist propaganda criticizing communism and more specifically Stalinism. Notice the references to famine, meticulous planning, the brainwashing of Simba with ideas of "Hakuna Matata" or simply don't worry, the hyenas believe there will be no king but Scar becomes king and so on. Zazu is the bureaucracy and is overworked in the Soviet-Pride Rock where as he is free in the "Libertarian paradise" under Mufasa. It's vile. But saying that music is actually quite good.
Rated 13 Feb 2009
65
15th
Not a kid anymore.
Rated 12 Jul 2007
94
89th
A modern Disney masterpiece.
Rated 24 Jul 2007
73
70th
I cried when Mufasa died. I used to draw the hyenas all over my notebooks. I named my pet ferret "Timon". I wore a pair of Simba earrings (with a pink Nala t-shirt) in my 4th grade school picture. I had "The Lion King" game for Super NES. I had countless Lion King-themed plush toys. I was nine goddamn years old, I was all over that shit!
Rated 16 Aug 2010
75
27th
Not a huge Disney fan but this was enjoyable fluff. Loved Jeremy Irons work in the film as Scar. Highly recommended for the family.
Rated 01 Jun 2024
100
93rd
Absolute beautiful flim. The ways that I was obsessed with this film as a kid, and even now, are ranged and scary at times.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
74
63rd
Good Disney movie, however if you take out all the filler singing it is about 20 minutes long and has a point that is even too simple for 8 year olds.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
87
94th
One of the best animated Disney movie ever. Good for kids and adults.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
97th
In my opinion, the best animated movie I've ever seen.
Rated 12 May 2015
7
63rd
All lions fart, it's just nature, don't laugh.
Rated 11 Feb 2010
85
92nd
It's sentimental, the characters were plagiarized, it has talking animals, and lots of moments designed to tug heart strings. What makes it work is that there is an epic feel to this film that you just don't find with very many animated films these days. It was a modern classic then and it will probably always be regarded as such because of its very memorable qualities such as the soaring Africa themed soundtrack. It's one of the best animated films ever and i'm not a fan of Disney in general.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
8
82nd
it means no worries
Rated 25 Nov 2012
96
97th
There is absolutely nothing wrong with this movie. Trust me, I'm not lion.
Rated 15 Jul 2012
100
99th
A completely incredible father-son story. Simba seeing Mufasa in the water, or looking up to the clouds asking for help, while that soundtrack runs in the background... Simply unforgettable and elementary melodrama.
Rated 22 Oct 2011
100
99th
A true masterpiece, and an animation landmark that lead to the maturation of main-stream animation. Extraordinarily creative and imaginative animation (the opening sequence is a masterclass in staging and cinematography by any standard) backed by a peerless voice cast (with Irons' creepy, slithery Scar perhaps the most vividly imagined villian in the Disney canon) and wonderful score. Effortlessly balances amusing comic relief with genuinely devastating tragedy and never puts a foot wrong.
Rated 29 Jan 2009
100
80th
this was my most favorite movie of all time when i was a kid ^_^
Rated 18 Mar 2011
95
98th
my top favorite disney version of shakespears legendary Hamlet
Rated 14 Aug 2007
89
85th
Lion King is one of Disney's best original films. It's surprising how beautiful and moving the film is and how it suits all ages so well. Really good!
Rated 06 Jun 2011
90
87th
Easily one of Disney's best animated features, and that's saying something. It touches a wide range of emotions, and it's easy to laugh one minute and cry the next.
Rated 05 May 2015
72
77th
Bombastic? Yes, but it is also opera.
Rated 12 Mar 2009
100
99th
Artificially overinflated rating, this is my favourite movie ever so I had to rate it 100!
Rated 27 Apr 2009
95
96th
One of the best Disney movies with some of the catchiest songs they ever wrote.
Rated 16 May 2013
94
73rd
Great animated movie. Wonderful plot. I never thought I would get so attached to animated lions. I still love this movie as much as I did when I was a child (and I was born the year it came out).
Rated 03 Sep 2011
80
68th
Would have been better if the gave Whoopie Goldberg's part to James Earl Jones so than James Earl Jones would have had two parts. Seriously though, this is some of the best voice acting ever done and the animation is spot on. Timon and Pumbaa provide the right amount of comic relief. This does so much right for an animated film. It also has some pretty clear Nazi propaganda, which makes me wonder why people complain about the stars spelling 'SEX' which is a stretch to say the least.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
4
74th
Ridiculously melodramatic and self-aggrandizing, but host to some of Disney's most memorable moments, characters, and songs.
Rated 19 Apr 2009
80
91st
One of Disney's best films. The songs are excellent.
Rated 03 Jan 2011
95
97th
great movie, disney, kids movie... whatever, it is good.
Rated 18 Jul 2008
80
66th
A great movie. Everyone should see it at least once.
Rated 02 Dec 2014
77
74th
who doesn't love Lion King?
Rated 16 Jun 2012
89
67th
Good
Rated 07 Oct 2010
88
80th
childhood pleasure.
Rated 06 Mar 2011
100
93rd
Possibly my favorite Disney animated film. The Lion King was a staple of my childhood, as it moved me and entertained me with absolute ease. When I decided to watch it again 10 years later, it was as if I was taken back to my childhood. I have no problem slapping the label "timeless" on this one.
Rated 23 Apr 2009
95
99th
Hell yeah, I loved seeing this movie in theater when I was a kid. This movie basically defined the childhoods of a whole generation of kids.
Rated 09 May 2011
98
92nd
A Disney classic, through and through.
Rated 17 Nov 2014
90
96th
A classic disney family movie, brings back childhood memories from when i first watched it. A beautiful creation.
Rated 07 Dec 2009
4
96th
Greatest movie of all time, the Citizen Kane of movies if you will. Wait, what?
Rated 20 Nov 2008
80
17th
One of my favorite Disneys of all time for two reasons besides the pretty-pictures factor: James Earl Jones and Jeremy Irons. "Simba, it's to DIE for..."
Rated 18 Nov 2010
100
94th
The most remarkable animation I've ever seen. Amazing history, amazing characters, amazing lesson.
Rated 31 Dec 2007
15
4th
Disney rips off Kimba the White Lion and rides the plagiarism train to profit town. The best thing about this is the Sega Genesis video game it spawned.
Rated 20 Jan 2008
87
90th
One excellent Disney film.
Rated 20 Jun 2009
93
54th
Hamlet for kids and, along with Toy Story, the epitome of modern Disney animation.

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