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An unforgettable story, breathtaking animation, beloved characters and award-winning music sets the stage for The Lion King, a Disney classic that follows the adventures of Simba, the feisty lion cub who "just can't wait to be king." But his envious Uncle Scar has plans for his own ascent to the throne, and he forces Simba's exile from the kingdom. Alone and adrift, Simba soon joins the escapades of a hilarious meerkat named Timon and his warmhearted warthog pal, Pumbaa. Adopting their carefree lifestyle of "Hakuna Matata," Simba ignores his real responsibilities until he realizes his destiny and returns to the Pride Lands to claim his place in the "Circle of Life."
More so than the exuberant movie miracles that came before it, this latest animated juggernaut has the feeling of a clever, predictable product.Stephen Holden, New York Times, 07.15.2008
The Lion King, more than any of the recent wave of Disney animated features, has the resonance to stand not just as a terrific cartoon but as an emotionally pungent movie.Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, 07.07.2010
A crown jewel of modern Disney animation.Glenn Abel, Hollywood Reporter, 06.24.2010
Everyone, young and old, will find something to appreciate in this Shakespearean tale of a young lion discovering his rightful place in the world.Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, 11.15.2011