The Lion King

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The Lion King is a 1994 Disney animated film in which a lion cub and heir to the throne of Pride Rock learns his place in the world. 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.
  • Danger? Hah! I walk on the wild side. I laugh in the face of danger. [laughs in determination]
  • [to Scar] 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.
  • Run away, Simba. Run. Run away, and never return.
  • [digs his claws into Mufasa's paws] Long live the king. [throws Mufasa off the cliff]


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]

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.

Zazu: [stops on a nearby rock] Good morning, sire!
Mufasa: Good morning, Zazu.
Zazu: Checking in with the morning report.
Mufasa: Fire away.
Zazu: Well, the buzz from the bees is that the leopards are in a bit of a spot...
Mufasa: Oh, really?
[Simba pounces at a grasshopper and misses]
Zazu: And the baboons are going ape over this. Of course, the giraffes are acting like they're above it all...
Mufasa: [to Simba] What are you doing, son?
Simba: [looks in his empty paws] Pouncing.
Mufasa: Let an old pro show you how it's done.
Zazu: ...The tick birds are pecking on the elephants. I told the elephants to forget it, but they can't...
Mufasa: Zazu, would you turn around?
Zazu: Yes, sire. [continues immediately] The cheetahs are hard up, but I always say ...
Mufasa: [whispers] Stay low to the ground.
Zazu: Cheetahs never prosper.
Simba: [whispers] Okay. Stay low to the ground., right, yeah.
Zazu: [Realizing something is amiss] What's going on?
Mufasa: A pouncing lesson.
Zazu: Oh very good, pouncing. [realizing] Pouncing?! Oh no, sire, you can't be serious. [Mufasa motions for Zazu to turn back around] Oh... this is so humiliating.
Mufasa: [still whispering] Try not to make a sound.
Zazu: What are you telling him, Mufasa? [Looking around uneasily-- Simba and Mufasa seem to have disappeared.] Mufasa? Simba?
[Simba does a full pounce leaving Zazu stunned on the ground and Mufasa laughs]
Mufasa: [to Simba] That's very good.

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.

Zazu: Nobody knows the trouble I've seen.... Nobody knows my sorrow...
Scar: Oh, Zazu, do lighten up. Sing something with a little bounce in it.
Zazu: ....It's a small world after all--
Scar: No! No! Anything but that.
Zazu: I got a lovely bunch of coconuts... Deedly-dee-dee... There they are a-standing in a row...
Scar and Zazu: Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head..
[as Scar continues singing, Zazu begins to complain]
Zazu: Oh, I never would have to this to Mufasa.
Scar: What?! What did you say?
Zazu: Oh, nothing!
Scar: You know the law: never mention that name in my presence. I am the king!
Zazu: Yes, Sire! You are the king! I-I.. Well, I only mentioned it to demonstrate the differences in your own managerial approaches.
Banzai: Hey, Boss!
Scar: [annoyed] Oh, what is it this time?
Banzai: We got a bone to pick with you!
Shenzi: I'll handle this. [to Scar] Scar, there's no food, no water.
Banzai: Yeah! It's dinnertime, and we ain't go no stinkin' entrees!
Scar: It's the lioness's job to do the hunting.
Banzai: Yeah, but they won't go hunt.
Scar: Oh... eat Zazu.
Zazu: Oh, you wouldn't want me! I'd be so tough and gamy!
Scar: Zazu, don't be ridiculous. All you need is a little garlic.
Banzai: [whispers to Shenzi and Ed] And I thought things were bad under Mufasa.
Scar: What did you say?!
Banzai: I said Mu... [Shenzi elbows him] I said, uh... que pasa?
Scar: Good. Now get out.
Banzai: Yeah, but we're still hungry.
Scar: OUT!

[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?!

[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]


  • 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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