Critics' Corner

Hal Hinson - Style section, "An impressive, almost daunting achievement."

Desson Howe - Weekend section, "A magnificent animal."

Read a Post feature about the word "sex" allegedly appearing in the movie.

A Post columnist gives his opinion about the criticism of the film when it opened.

"The Lion King" is No. 5 all time on the box-office list.

This film won Oscars for Original Score and Original Song ("Can You Feel the Love Tonight?")

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'The Lion King'

Scene from this movie The tale begins with the presentation of Prince Simba, son of Mufasa and queen Sarabi, to a mass gathering of creatures at Pride Rock, the center of the proud lion king's vast domain. Mufasa's brother, Scar, feels that he's been shoved to the end of the line. After he's foiled in his plot to slaughter Simba, Scar sets his sights on Mufasa himself, rigging the murder so that Simba sees himself as the culprit and runs off in disgrace.

Simba, who grows into an impressive young adult, is dominated by a pair of frolicsome creatures named Pumbaa (a warthog) and Timon (a meerkat) who teach him to lie back and forget his troubles. Simba's return to the Pride Lands is prompted by the arrival of his childhood girlfriend, Nala, who tells the would-be king that he must return home and assume his rightful place on the throne. -- Hal Hinson
Rated G

Directors: Roger Allers and Rob Minkof
Voices: James Earl Jones (Mufasa); Matthew Broderick (Simba); Jeremy Irons (Scar); Nathan Lane (Timon); Jonathan Taylor Thomas (young Simba); Rowan Atkinson (Zazu); Whoopi Goldberg (Shenzi); Cheech Marin (Banzai); Jim Cummings (Ed); Robert Guillaume (Rafiki); Moira Kelly (Nala); Ernie Sabella (Pumbaa); Madge Sinclair (Sarabi); Niketa Calame (young Nala)
Running Time: 1 hour, 29 minutes
Filmographies: James Earl Jones; Matthew Broderick; Jeremy Irons; Whoopi Goldberg; Nathan Lane; Cheech Marin