The 1994 installment in a series of animated musical blockbusters from Disney, THE LION KING boasts animation as spectacular as any the studio has ever produced, and earned an extraordinary $300 million-plus at the box office. However, this tale of a lion cub's coming of age in the
African veldt offers a less memorable song score than did the previous hits, and a hasty, unsatisfying dramatic resolution.
As son and heir of the Lion King Mufasa (voice of James Earl Jones), young Simba (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) expects to inherit dominion over the jungle kingdom called Prideland. But the machinations of Mufasa's jealous brother, Scar (Jeremy Irons), result in Simba...