The Lion King

1994 American animated film

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.


  • They call me MISTER PIG! [looses a war cry]
  • Hey, Timon! You better come look. I think he's still alive.


  • [calls out to the sky] YOU SAID YOU'D ALWAYS BE THERE FOR ME! But you're not.
  • Little roar.. [scoffs]
  • Run.. run away, Scar.. and never return!


  • [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!


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.
Scar: [Sarcastically overjoyed] Why! If it isn't my big brother descending from on high to mingle with the commoners.
Mufasa: Sarabi and I didn't see you at the presentation of Simba.
Scar: [Faking astonishment] That was TODAY?! Oh, I feel simply awful... [He turns and start scraping his claws on the rock wall. Zazu cringes at the sound. Admiring his claws] ...Must have slipped my mind.
Zazu: Yes, well, as slippery as your mind is, as the king's brother, you should have been FIRST in line!
[Scar clicks his teeth at Zazu, who has flown near his face. Zazu takes cover behind Mufasa's foreleg. Scar bends down to speak to him.]
Scar: Well, I was first in line... until the little HAIRBALL was born.
Mufasa: [Lowering his head and meeting Scar eye to eye] That "hairball" is my son... and your future king.
Scar: Ohh, I shall practice my curtsy.
[Scar turns away and starts to exit]
Mufasa: [Warning] Don't turn your back on ME, Scar.
Scar: [Looking back] Oh, no, Mufasa. Perhaps YOU shouldn't turn YOUR back on me.
Mufasa: [Roars ferociously and literally jumps in front of Scar, angrily baring his teeth for the first time] IS THAT A CHALLENGE?!
Scar: Temper, temper. I wouldn't DREAM of challenging you.
Zazu: Pity! Why not?
Scar: [Looking at Zazu] Well, as far as brains go, I got the lion's share. But, when it comes to BRUTE STRENGTH [looking at Mufasa] ...I'm afraid I'm at the shallow end of the gene pool.
[Exit Scar]
Zazu: [Deep sigh] There's one in every family, sire... TWO in mine, actually. [perches on Mufasa's shoulder] And they always manage to ruin special occasions.
Mufasa: 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.

Gopher: Zazu? [Zazu: Yes!] Sir, news of their ground.
Mufasa: Now, this time--
Zazu: Sire, Hyenas in the Pride Lands!
Mufasa: Zazu, take Simba home.

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. So, your father showed you the whole kingdom, did he?
Simba: Everything.
Scar: He didn't show you what's beyond that rise at the northern border...?
Simba: {Disappointed} Well, no... he said I can't go there.
Scar: And he's ABSOLUTELY right. It's FAR too dangerous. Only the bravest lions go there.
Simba: Well, I'M brave! What's out th--
Scar: [Interrupting] No, I'm sorry, Simba, I just CAN'T' tell you.
Simba: Why not?
Scar: Simba, Simba, I'm only looking out for the well- being of my favorite nephew.
[Scar rubs and pats Simba's head]
Simba: [Snorts sarcastically] Yeah, right, I'm your only nephew.
Scar: All the more reason for me to be protective... An elephant graveyard is no place for a young prince... [faking surprise] Oops!
Simba: [Enthusiastic] An elephant WHAT? Whoa.
Scar: [Faking dismay] Oh DEAR, I've said too much... Well, I suppose you'd have found sooner or later, you being SO clever and all... [pulling Simba near] Oh, just do me one favor - promise me you'll never visit that DREADFUL place.
Simba: [Thinks] NO problem.
Scar: There's a good lad. You run along now and have fun. And remember... it's our little secret.
[Simba leaves the rock, Scar walks away with an evil smile]

Simba: [As he and Nala are walking in the jungle] Isn't this a great place?
Nala: It is beautiful. But I don't understand something. You've been alive all this time. Why didn't you come back to Pride Rock?
Simba: [climbs in the vines] Well, I just needed to... get out on my own. Live my own life. And I did. And it's great.
Nala: We've really need you back home.
Simba: No one needs me.
Nala: Yes, we do. You're the king.
Simba: Nala, we've been through this. I'm not the king. Scar is.
Nala: Simba. He let the hyenas take over the Pride Lands.
Simba: [shocked] What?
Nala: Everything is destroyed. There's no food. No water. Simba, if you don't do something soon, everyone will starve.
Simba: I can't go back.
Nala: Why?!
Simba: You wouldn't understand.
Nala: What would I understand?!
Simba: No, no, no. It doesn't matter. Hakuna Matata.
Nala: What?
Simba: Hakuna Matata. It's something I learned out here. Look, sometimes bad things happen...
Nala: Simba-!
Simba: and there's nothing you can do about it. So why worry?
Nala: Because it's your responsibility.
Simba: What about you, you left?
Nala: I left to find help, and I found you! Don't you understand?! We are only hope.
Simba: Sorry.
Nala: What's happened to you? You're not the Simba I remember.
Simba: You're right. I'm not. Now are you satisfied?
Nala: No, just disappointed
Simba: You know, you're starting to sound like my father. [starts walking away]
Nala: Good. At least one of us does.
Simba: [He felt shocked at what Nala said, he angrily turns to her] Listen, you think you can just show up and tell me how to live my life?! You don't even know what I've been through!
Nala: [worried] I would if you just tell me!
Simba: [angrily walking away] Forget it!
Nala: [angrily] Fine! [angrily turns her head away]

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 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?! [Loud drumbeats alarm the hyenas, who look up abruptly. Timon dances in a hula costume.] Luau! [Pumbaa sits nearby with an apple in his mouth.] If you're hungry for a hunk of fat and juicy meat, [Timon darts onto Pumbaa's back] eat my buddy Pumbaa here because he is a treat. C'mon down and dine on this tasty swine. [The hyenas close in on Timon and Pumbaa, their tongues lolling hungrily.] All you have to do is get in line. Are you achin....
Pumbaa: Yep, yep, yep.
Timon: For some bacon?
[Pumbaa winks at Timon.]
Pumbaa: Yep, yep, yep.
[The hyenas continue to stalk toward Timon and Pumbaa, with Simba and Nala sneaking past from behind.]
Timon: He's a big pig.
Pumbaa: Yep, yep.
Timon: You can be a big pig as well!
Timon and Pumbaa: Oi! [Timon and Pumbaa pose. Timon and Pumbaa flee, with the hyenas in hot pursuit.] Aah!
Hyenas: [snarling]

Scar: Simba? Simba! I'm a little surprised to see you... alive.
Simba: Give me one good reason why I shouldn't rip you apart.
Scar: Oh, Simba, you must understand. The pressures of ruling a kingdom...
Simba: Are no longer yours. Step down, Scar.
Scar: Well, I would, actually. However, there is one little problem. You see them? They think I'm king.
Nala: Well, we don't. Simba is the rightful king.
Simba: The choice is yours, Scar. Either step down or fight.
Scar: Oh, must this all end in violence? I'd hate to be responsible for the death of a family member. Wouldn't you agree, Simba?
Simba: That's not gonna work, Scar! I've put it behind me!
Scar: But what about your faithful subjects? Have they put it behind them?
Nala: Simba, what is he talking about?
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 angrily claws Simba's paws the same way he did to Mufasa]
Scar: And here's my little secret. [whispers] I killed Mufasa!
Simba: [Enraged, he furiously leaps back up and angrily 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 angrily chokes him, he whispers] All right. All right. I did it.
Simba: So they can hear you.

[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 furiously screams and angrily 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, I mean, 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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