The Lion King

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The Lion King is a 1994 Disney animated film in which an East African lion cub and heir to the throne of Pride Rock learns his place in Africa's Tanzania's Serengeti. Tricked into thinking he killed his father, he flees into exile and abandons his identity as the future King, only to return years later to face his past.

Directed by Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff. Screenplay by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, and Linda Woolverton. Songs by Tim Rice and Elton John.


  • [calls out to the sky] You said you'd always be there for me! But you're not.


  • [to a mouse he is about to eat] Life's not fair, is it? You see, I... well, I shall never be king. And you... shall never see the light of another day. Adieu.
  • [digs his claws into Mufasa's paws] Long live the king. [throws Mufasa off the cliff]
  • Run away, Simba. Run. Run away, and never return.
  • Mufasa's death was a terrible tragedy. But to lose Simba, who had barely begun to live... For me, it is a deep personal loss. So it is with a heavy heart that I assume the throne. Yet, out of the ashes of this tragedy, we shall rise to greet the dawning of a new era, in which lion and hyena come together in a great and glorious future!


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When we die, our bodies become the grass, and the antelope eat the grass. And so we are all connected in the great Circle of Life.
Mufasa: [about Scar] What am I going to do with him?
Zazu: He'd make a very handsome throw rug.
Mufasa: Zazu!
Zazu: And just think, whenever he gets dirty, you can take him out and beat him.
[Mufasa laughs]

Mufasa: Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures, from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope.
Simba: But, Dad, don't we eat the antelope?
Mufasa: Yes, Simba, but let me explain. When we die, our bodies become the grass, and the antelope eat the grass. And so we are all connected in the great Circle of Life.

Simba: Hey, Uncle Scar, guess what?
Scar: I despise guessing games.
Simba: I'm gonna be King of Pride Rock.
Scar: Oh, goody.
Simba: My dad just showed me the whole kingdom. And I'm gonna rule it all. Heheh.
Scar: Yes. Well, forgive me for not leaping for joy. Bad back, you know. [flops on his side]
Simba: Hey, Uncle Scar, when I'm king, what'll that make you?
Scar: A monkey's uncle.
Simba: [laughs] You're so weird!
Scar: You have no idea.

Rafiki: Look down there.
Simba: [looks into a pond of water] That's not my father. That's just my reflection.
Rafiki: No, look harder.
[he touches the water; as it ripples, Simba's reflection changes to that of Mufasa]
Rafiki: You see? He lives in you.
Mufasa: [from above] Simba.
Simba: Father?
[Simba sees his father's spirit in the sky]
Mufasa: Simba, you have forgotten me.
Simba: No. How could I?
Mufasa: You have forgotten who you are and so have forgotten me. Look inside yourself, Simba. You are more than what you have become. You must take your place in the Circle of Life.
Simba: How can I go back? I'm not who I used to be.
Mufasa: Remember who you are. You are my son, and the one true King. Remember who you are.

Simba: I know what I have to do. But going back means I'll have to face my past. I've been running from it for so long.
[Rafiki hits Simba on the head with his stick]
Simba: Ow! Jeez, what was that for?
Rafiki: It doesn't matter. It's in the past. [laughs]
Simba: Yeah, but it still hurts.
Rafiki: Oh yes, the past can hurt. But from the way I see it, you can either run from it, or... learn from it. [swings his stick again at Simba, who ducks out of the way] Ha. You see? So what are you going to do?
Simba: First, I'm gonna take your stick.
[Simba snatches Rafiki's stick and throws it and Rafiki runs to grab it]
Rafiki: No, no, no, no, not the stick! Hey, where you going?
Simba: I'm going back!
Rafiki: Good! Go on! Get out of here!
[Rafiki begins laughing and screeching loudly]

[Simba, Nala, Timon, and Pumbaa, make it to the Pride Lands]
Timon: Hyenas. I hate hyenas. [whispers to Simba] So what your plan for getting past those guys?
Simba: Live bait.
Timon: Good idea. [reacts] Hey!
Simba: Come on, Timon! You guys have to create a diversion.
Timon: What do you want me to do, dress in drag and do the hula?!

Scar: Ahh, so you haven't told them your little secret. Well, Simba, now's your chance to tell them. Tell them who is responsible for Mufasa's death!
Simba: [pause] I am.
Sarabi: [whispering] It's not true. Tell me it's not true.
Simba: It's true.
Scar: You see? He admits it. Murderer!
Simba: No! It was an accident!
Scar: If it weren't for you, Mufasa would still be alive. It's your fault he's dead. Do you deny it?
Simba: No.
Scar: Then you're guilty.
Simba: No, I'm not a murderer!
Scar: Oh, Simba, you're in trouble again. But this time Daddy isn't here to save you. And now everyone knows WHY!
[Simba falls at the edge of a cliff while a fire burns below.]
Nala: Simba!
Scar: [looking at Simba who is clinging to the edge of the cliff] Now this looks familiar. Where have I seen this before? Hm, let me think. Oh, yes, I remember! This is just the way your father looked before he died.
[He claws Simba's paws the same way he did to Mufasa]
Scar: And here's my little secret. [whispers] I killed Mufasa!
Simba: [leaps back up and pounces on Scar] NO! Murderer!
Scar: No, Simba! Please!
Simba: Tell them the truth.
Scar: Truth? But truth is in the eye of the behold... [Simba chokes him, he whispers] All right. All right. I did it.
Simba: So they can hear you.
Scar: I killed Mufasa!

[Timon and Zazu are cornered by the hyenas]
Timon: Please don't eat me!
Pumbaa: Drop 'em!
Banzai: Hey! Who's the pig?
Pumbaa: Are you talkin' to me?
Timon: Uh-oh! They called him the pig.
Pumbaa: Are you talking to me?
Timon: Shouldn't have done that.
Timon: Now they're in for it!
Pumbaa: They call me... MR. PIG!!!
[he screams and charges at the hyenas]

Simba: Murderer.
Scar: Simba, Simba, please. Please have mercy, I beg you.
Simba: You don't deserve to live.
Scar: But, Simba, I... am... family. It's the hyenas who are the real enemy. It was their fault. It was their idea!
Simba: Why should I believe you? Everything you ever told me was a lie.
Scar: What are you going to do? You wouldn't kill your old uncle...?
Simba: No, Scar. I'm not like you.
Scar: Oh, Simba, thank you. You are truly noble. I'll make it up to you, I promise. How can I, ah, prove myself to you? Tell me anything, anything.
Simba: Run. Run away, Scar. And never return.
Scar: Yes. Of course. As you wish, your Majesty!


  • See it for the first time ever in 3D (2011 3D re-release)
  • The greatest adventure of all is finding our place in the circle of life.
  • The King Has Returned. [for Christmas 2002 IMAX release.]
  • The Circle of Life


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