Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons
Roger Allers (Director), Rob Minkoff (Director), Linda Woolverton (Screenplay), Jonathan Roberts (Screenplay)
Released: Jun. 23rd, 1994
Runtime: 1 hour, 29 minutes
A young lion cub named Simba can't wait to be king. But his uncle craves the title for himself and will stop at nothing to get it.
So here is how it all goes down the opening scene is epic and breathtaking, the following scenes are calm, character-based and dramatic, then there are some comedic scenes of careless fun combined with present danger, until the point of no return hits, where Simba is blamed for his fathers death and the movie takes a turn for the worst, only to be pulled up again by the brightest part of the movie, literally and figuratively, out in the wide and colorful jungle with Timon and Pumbaa admittedly though, one of the best songs ever written and sung by Elton John, plays out right here, so there is definitely balance to it too.
After arranging the death of the king in one of the most heart-wrenching scenes in movie history, especially for a kids film, Scar scorns Simba and tells Simba the only way for him to repent for his father's death (designed to look like an accident or even Simba's fault) is for him to leave the pride and never return.