The Lion King (2019 film)

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The Lion King is a 2019 photorealistic computer-generated imagery film based on Disney's The Lion King (1994). This film is about a young masai lion named Simba, who must embrace his role as the rightful king of his native land following the murder of his father, Mufasa, at the hands of his uncle, Scar.

Directed by Jon Favreau. Written by Jeff Nathanson, inspired by Disney's 1994 animated feature film of the same name.




  • But, Dad, don't we eat the antelope?


  • My father once told me, "Protect everything the light touches." If I don't fight for it, who will?
  • Run. Run away, Scar. Run away, and never return.


  • [first lines; to the mouse] Life's not fair, is it, my little friend? While some are born to feast... others spend their lives in the dark, begging for scraps. The way I see it, you and I are exactly the same. We both want to find a way out.
  • [violently digs his claws into Mufasa's paws] Long… live… the king. [violently slaps Mufasa off the cliff]
  • Run. Run away, Simba. Run away, and never return!




  • I thought you were very brave.


  • I've been waiting too, and I'm not a cub anymore!


  • While others search for what they can take, a true king searches for what he can give.


Mufasa: [about Scar] What am I going to do with him?
Zazu: Come on. We both know he should've been expelled from the Pride Lands long ago.
Mufasa: He is my brother, Zazu. This is his home. As long as I am king, that'll never change.
Zazu: Well, there is one in every family, sire. I had a cousin who thought he was the woodpecker. He slammed his head into trees and our beaks aren't built for it, he was concussed regularly. Oh, you've gone. Uh, sire, coming back!

Mufasa: Everything you see exists together in the 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.

Scar: If you wish to kill something, you might want to stay downwind.
Simba: I know how to hunt, Uncle Scar.
Scar: Then let's hope we're never attacked by a beetle. Go back to your den, Simba. I don't babysit.
Simba: Babysit? I'm gonna king of Pride Rock. My dad showed me the whole kingdom. Said I'm gonna rule it all.
Scar: Is that so?
Simba: Think about it. When I'm king, I'll have to give you orders. Tell you what to do. How weird is that?
Scar: You've no idea.

Simba: What's up with that guy?
Timon: Um, Simba... How can I say this? He's prey.
Pumbaa: Yeah.
Timon: And he is never gonna want to frolic with a carnivore.
Pumbaa: No. You two will never frolic.
Simba: Why not?
Timon: [sighs] You see, in nature, there's a delicate balance.
Simba: Oh, yeah. The Circle of Life. I know that.
Pumbaa: Whoa!
Timon: No, no, no, no. I don't know where you're getting "circle" from.
Pumbaa: No, yeah. There's no Circle of Life.
Timon: No, it's no circle.
Pumbaa: No, not at all.
Timon: In fact, it's the opposite.
Pumbaa: Yeah.
Timon: It's a line.
Pumbaa: Yeah.
Timon: It's a meaningless life of indifference.
Pumbaa: And we are all just running towards the end of the line. And then, one day, we will reach the end, and that will be it.
Timon: That's it.
Pumbaa: Line over.
Timon: Nothing.
Pumbaa: Nada. And you can really just kinda do your own thing...
Elephant shrew: [Simba paws at the termite mound; termites fly free] Woo-hoo!
Pumbaa: ...and fend for yourself 'cause your line doesn't affect anyone else's lines.
Timon: You're alive, and then, you're not. Like this guy. [eats a termite] Mmm.
Simba: You sure it's not circle? That we're all connected?
Pumbaa: A circle would mean we're all this. That would mean what I do affects him, affects that thing...
Timon: Yeah. No.
Pumbaa: ...affects that thing...
Timon: That's not how it goes.
Pumbaa: ...which would make doing whatever we wanted not that cool.
Timon: Let me simplify this for you. Life is meaningless.
Pumbaa: Yes. That's why you just gotta look out for yourself. That's why you do you, Simba.
Timon: Yeah, Simba, for the first time, we're entrusting you to make a plan for us today.
Pumbaa: This is so important. Just think about all you have been taught.
Timon: What do you wanna do?
Simba: Absolutely... [brings his weight down on the termite mound] nothing. [the termite mound breaks in half, spilling termites everywhere]
Pumbaa: Exactly!
Timon: Woo-hoo!
Pumbaa: He gets it.
[The jungle animals feast on the termites]
Guinea fowl: [screams happily] Jackpot!
Bush baby: Out of my way. Out of my way.
Elephant shrew: Crunchy!
Bat-eared fox: All right. It’s time to eat.

[Rafiki, elated by the sight of Simba, follows him]
Simba: Go away.
Rafiki: Going away will not answer the question.
Simba: What question? Who are you?
Rafiki: I know exactly who I am. The question is: who are you?
Simba: I'm nobody. So leave me alone, all right?
Rafiki: Everybody is somebody. Even a nobody.

[Simba sees his father's spirit in the clouds]
Mufasa: Simba, you must take your place in the Circle of Life.
Simba: I can't.
Mufasa: You must remember who you are. The one true king.
Simba: I'm sorry. I don't know how to be like you.
Mufasa: As king, I was most proud of one thing. Having you as my son.
Simba: That was a long time ago.
Mufasa: No, Simba. That is forever.
Simba: Please, don't leave me again.
Mufasa: I never left you, I never will. Remember who you are. Remember.

[Simba, Pumbaa, Timon, Zazu, and Nala make it to the Pride Lands]
Timon: [about the hyenas] What's your plan for getting us past the slobbering guards?
Simba: Live bait. [he, Nala, Zazu, and Timon look at Pumbaa]
Pumbaa: That is a great idea. Those guys could never resist some fresh meat. So, all we need to do is to find something that is like big and plump and juicy. Maybe like a gnu?
[They all continue to stare blankly at Pumbaa]
Pumbaa: Why is everyone looking at me?
[Shenzi's clan of hyenas are paying attention to Timon. Pumbaa is set up like a roast pig]
Timon: Bonjour, mademoiselle. It is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we proudly present your dinner. Be our... gah! [screams]
[Timon and Pumbaa flee before the clan of hyenas]
Timon: It's working, Pumbaa.

Scar: So, you haven't told them your little secret? Well, Simba, now is your chance to confess. Tell them who is responsible for Mufasa's death.
Simba: It was me.
Sarabi: [heartbroken] It's not true. Tell me it's not true.
Simba: It's true. I'm sorry.
Scar: He admits it. Murderer!
Simba: [stammering] No, no. It was an accident.
Scar: If it weren't for you, the king would be alive. It's your fault he's dead. Do you deny it?
Simba: [stammering] I'm not a murderer.
Scar: We should believe a son who takes the life of a father? We should believe a son who takes the life of a king? A son who abandons his mother?
Simba: No. I'm... I'm...
Scar: You're what? Say it! Are you the king?
Simba: No. No, I'm...
Scar: Are you the king?
Simba: [falls into despair all over again] No, I'm...
Scar: You're what?
Simba: I'm...
Scar: Say it!
Simba: [whimpering near the ledge] I'm nothing.
Scar: [enraged] Then bow to your king!
[Simba falls and hangs over the ledge of Pride Rock]
Nala: Simba!
[Lightning strikes below, igniting a fire]
Scar: This looks familiar. Where have I seen this before? Oh, yes. I remember. This is the way Mufasa looked before he died. I looked down, saw the fear in his eyes. [angrily claws Simba's paws] And here's my little secret: [evilly whispers into Simba's ear] I killed Mufasa.
[In shock, Simba has a flashback in slow motion and realizes that it was Scar who killed Mufasa at the gorge; Simba's eyes wide open and his shock turns into fury as he angrily bites Scar's mane, causing Scar to roar in pain, before getting back up, resuming the confrontation]
Simba: [angrily] My father. Your own brother. How could you?
Scar: [to the hyenas and lionesses] First, he kills Mufasa. And now, he wants to kill me!
Simba: You killed him! Tell them the truth.
Scar: Don't believe his lies!
Sarabi: [softly] Scar... you told us you didn't get to the gorge in time.
Scar: That's true.
Sarabi: [turns into fury] Then how did you see the look in Mufasa's eyes?
[Scar growls angrily, realizing too late he's been exposed]
Simba: [furiously] Murderer!
Scar: [to his hyenas; savagely] Kill them all!
[The hyenas attacking Simba]
Nala: Lions, attack!

Timon: Pumbaa, I think we lost them.
Pumbaa: That was so terrifying. [Shenzi's clan of hyenas peer close, emerging behind them] Do you hear a low growl?
Hyena: Looks like we will be having pig for dinner. Plump and chubby.
Pumbaa: [offended] "Chubby"? [his shock turns to rage] Did he just call me "chubby"?
Timon: Uh-oh. [runs behind a rock]
Pumbaa: [angrily] It sounded... it sounded a lot like he just said "chubby," which would have be a mistake, because I will not be made to feel ashamed of who I am!
Timon: Oh, boy.
Pumbaa: [furiously] I may run from hyenas, but I will always fight a bully. [angrily charges and drives the hyenas off]
Timon: You feel better, Pumbaa?
Pumbaa: I do.
Timon: You got that out of your system?
Pumbaa: I did.

Simba: It's over, Scar.
Scar: Have mercy. I beg you.
Simba: Mercy? After what you did?
Scar: It was the hyenas. Those revolting scavengers made me do it. I was planning on killing them all.
[Shenzi, Kamari, and Azizi are stunned in anger, as they overhear and growl at Scar's betrayal]
Simba: You fooled the hyenas, just like you fooled me. [snarls]
Scar: Simba, you wouldn't kill your only uncle.
Simba: No, Scar. I'm not like you.
Scar: Oh, Simba. You are truly noble, and I will make it up to you. Just tell me how I can prove myself. Tell me what you want me to do.
Simba: Run. Run away, Scar. Run away, and never return.
Scar: Yes. Of course. As you wish... [seeing a pile of hot coals] Your Majesty!
[Simba and Scar violently fight]
Simba: [furiously] You can't win, Scar!
Scar: [furiously] This is my kingdom! My destiny!

[after Simba threw Scar off the cliff of the Pride Rock, he gets up and sees the Hyenas glaring at him]
Scar: My friends, it will take some time, but together, we will build our army.
Kamari: Friends, huh? I though you said we were "revolting scavengers."
Azizi: Yeah, and you wanted to kill us.
Scar: No. No, let me explain! I was trying to fool him! We will rule together!
Shenzi: [emerges from smoke] There's only one true thing you ever said, Scar. "A hyena's belly... is never full."
[Scar looks at them in fear, they start mauling him to death]
Scar: [last words] No! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!