The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

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The Lion King II: Simba's Pride is a 1998 direct-to-video film released by the Walt Disney Company on October 27, 1998, as a sequel to the 1994 film The Lion King. It premiered a year after the Broadway musical with same name began its production. The film centers around Simba's daughter, Kiara, who falls in love with Kovu, a male lion who was raised in a pride of Scar's followers, who are Simba's enemies. Desperate to be together, they must overcome the two obstacles that are keeping them apart: Simba and Kovu's mother, Zira.


Timon: Ah, Pumbaa. Look at that little guy. A chip off the old block! And you gotta know who's gonna raise him!
Pumbaa: His parents?
Timon: Okay, sure. Get technical. But who's gonna teach him the really important stuff? Like how to belch? [belches] And dig for grubs? I'm telling ya, buddy, it's gonna be like old times. You, me, and the little guy.
Rafiki: [laughs] It is a girl.
Timon: Girl.
Timon and Pumbaa: [look at each other in exaggerated shock] Girl?! [Timon and Pumbaa faint] Oy.

Simba: You know the penalty for returning to the Pride Lands.
Zira: But the child does not! However...if you need your pound of flesh, here. [nudges a terrified Kovu over to Simba, who glares at him. Kovu shivers in fright]
Simba: Take him and get out. We're finished here. [turns around and picks Kiara up with his mouth as he's getting ready to leave]
Zira: Oh, no, Simba. We have barely begun. [looks down at Kiara and chuckles wickedly, then turns and picks up Kovu]
[Kovu and Kiara look back at each other, sadly]
Kiara: [softly] Bye.
Kovu: [softly] Bye.

Simba: One day, I won't be here, and I need you to carry on in my place. You are part of the great Circle of--
Kiara: [boredly] Circle of Life. I know.
Simba: Exactly. And you need to be careful. As future queen--
Kiara: What if I don't wanna be queen? It's no fun.
Simba: That's like saying you don't want to be a lion. It's in your blood. As I am. We are part of each other.

Nuka: [annoyed] Kovu, Kovu, Kovu. Scar wasn't even his father. He just took 'im in. [to Vitani, who is biting on a root] Oh, hey, Vitani! Where's little termite Kovu? The "Chosen One". [touches the root with a claw; it snaps, and Vitani tumbles backward; Nuka guffaws]
Vitani: Nuka! Where's Kovu? Did you leave him out there on his own again?
Nuka: Hey, it's every lion for himself out here! [scratching himself] That little termite's gotta learn to be on his own.
Vitani: Mother's gonna be mad. She told you to watch him!
Nuka: [continuing to scratch his mangy back] Oh, who cares? I should've been the Chosen One. I'm the oldest, I'm the strongest, I'm the smartest... [screams] And oh, these termites! [starts biting every place he can find on his body, and rolls around on the ground; Vitani watches, smirking] I could be a leader if she'd just give me a chance!
Vitani: Pfft! Yeah, right. Why don't you tell that to her?
Nuka: Yeah? Don't think I won't!
Vitani: Oh, yeah? [laughs] Here's your chance.

Zira: I now see the path to our glorious return to power!
Kovu: But I don't want--
Zira: [harshly] Hush! [softly] Hush, my little one. You must be exhausted. [sings] ♪ Sleep, my little Kovu. Let your dreams take wing. One day when you're big and strong, you will be a king. ♪
Kovu: [smiles in embarrassment] Good night.
Zira: Good night, my little prince. Tomorrow, your training intensifies.

Zira: [grins deviously] You are ready! [Zira chuckles, circling a full-grown Kovu] Nice, very nice. [chuckles darkly] You have the same blackness in your soul that Scar had. What is your destiny?
Kovu: I will avenge Scar. Take his place in the Pride Lands.
Zira: Yes! What have I taught you?
Kovu: Simba is the enemy.
Zira: [emphatically] And what must you do?
Kovu: I must kill him!

Timon: Tango-Charlie-Alpha. What's your position?
Pumbaa: Uh...Upright, head turned slightly to the left, tail erect.
Timon: [under his breath] Why do I bother?

Kiara: Father, how could you break your promise?
Simba: It's a good thing I did. I almost lost you. No more hunts for you, not ever!
Kiara: But I was doing just fine! Even before Kovu--
Simba: Kovu?!
[Simba and Kovu roar at each other]
Nala: [surprised at his ferocity] Simba! [Rafiki has arrived, and is standing on the hillside behind Simba.]
Rafiki: Hey! You! How dare you save the King's daughter?
Simba: You saved her? Why?
Kovu: I humbly ask to join your pride.
Simba: [juts his head at Kovu] No! You were banished with the other Outsiders.
Kovu: I have left the Outsiders. I'm a rogue. Judge me now, for what I am. Or am I to be blamed for a crime I didn't commit? [Simba snarls and paces around. Nala looks hard at him.]
Nala: Simba, you owe him your daughter's life. [Simba growls]
Zazu: Mmm, yes, sire. Clearly we are in his debt. And royal protocol demands that all debts be paid. Though, in this case, you might want to make an exception. [Simba paces a few moments more, then comes to a decision.]
Simba: Hmmm. My father's law will prevail. For now, I reserve judgment. We'll see who you really are. [Kovu smiles inwardly and looks sidelong at Kiara, who smiles back at him. Zazu turns his back on Kovu.]
Zazu: Hmph! Riffraff. [Zazu flies off. All make their way back to Pride Rock, with Kovu walking behind Simba and growling to himself.]

[Kiara and Kovu are looking at constellations in the night sky]
Kovu: Didja see that? Didja see that?
Kiara: What?
Kovu: [chuckles] Oh, wow. Look at that!
Kiara: What?
Kovu: It's really pretty.
Kiara: Oh, yeah! You're right. Oh, look. There's one that looks like a baby rabbit. See the fluffy tail?
Kovu: Yeah... Hey! There's one that looks like two lions killing each other for a scrap of meat! [Kiara grimaces] Ah, I've never done this before.
Kiara: Really? My father and I used to do this all the time. He says all the Great Kings of the past are up there. Hm.
Kovu: Do you think Scar is up there? [gets up and moves off] He wasn't my father, but he was still...part of me.
Kiara: My father said there was a...a darkness in Scar that he couldn't escape.
Kovu: Maybe there's a darkness in me, too.
[Kiara puts her paw on Kovu's, and as they nuzzle, Simba surveys Kovu and Kiara. He looks up at the stars]
Simba: Father, I am lost. Kovu is one of them. Scar's heir. How can I accept him?
Nala: Simba?
Simba: I was seeking counsel from the Great Kings.
Nala: Did they help?
Simba: [sighs] Silent as stars. My father would never--
Nala: Oh, my Simba. You want so much to walk the path expected of you. Perhaps Kovu does not.
Simba: [Simba's eyes widen] What? How do you know what...
Nala: [chuckles] I can see them down there just as easily as you can. Get to know them and see.

[Simba has been telling Kovu about Scar]
Simba: Scar couldn't let go of his hate, and in the end, it destroyed him.
Kovu: [deeply shocked] I've never heard the story of Scar that way. He truly was a killer.
Simba: [glances at the burnt plains around them] Fire is a killer. Sometimes, what's left behind can grow better than the generation before... [unearths a small plant from the dust] ...if given the chance.

[after Nuka is killed trying to pursue Simba, because Kovu let him go]
Zira: Scar, watch over my poor Nuka. Oh... [lunges at Kovu] You!
Kovu: [Zira slashes Kovu in the face] Ah! [breathes heavily]
Zira: [Kovu looks back at Zira angrily, revealing a scar over his left eye] What have you done?
Kovu: I didn't... I-I didn't mean to. I... It wasn't my fault. I... [steeling himself; breathes heavily] I did nothing!
Zira: Exactly! And in doing so, you betrayed your pride. Betrayed Scar!
Kovu: I want nothing more to do with him!
Zira: You cannot escape it. Nuka is dead because of you!
Kovu: [softly] No.
Zira: You've killed your own brother!
Kovu: No! [flees]

Simba: [glares down at Kovu] Why have you come back?
Kovu: Simba...I had nothing to do with--
Simba: You don't belong here.
Kovu: [desperately] Please. I ask your forgiveness.
Kiara: [begging] Daddy, please. Listen to him.
Simba: [sternly to Kiara] Silence! [turns back to face Kovu] When you first came here, you asked for judgment. And I pass it now!
Other animals: [Kiara gasps] We don't want you! Judgment! Put him on trial! Judgment day is here! Yes! Judgment! Judgment!
Simba: Exile!
Kiara: No! [elephant trumpets and zebras bray] No! Kovu!

Kiara: Father, please, reconsider.
Simba: You will not go anywhere without an escort from now on.
Kiara: No, that's not--
Simba: He used you to get to me!
Kiara: No! He loves me...for me!
Simba: Because you are my daughter. You will not leave Pride Rock. You will stay where I can keep an eye on you. Away from him!
Kiara: You don't know him!
Simba: I know he's following in Scar's paw prints! And I must follow in my father's.
Kiara: You will never be Mufasa! [runs off, weeping]

[Just as Simba and Zira are about to fight, Kiara and Kovu leap in between them]
Simba: Kiara?
Zira: Kovu! [Kovu doesn't back down] Move.
Simba: Stand aside.
Kiara: Daddy, this has to stop.
Zira: You're even weaker than I thought. Get out of the way!
Kovu: You'll never hurt Kiara...or Simba. Not while I'm here. [Zira hisses]
Simba: Stay out of this!
Kiara: A wise king once told me, "We are one." I didn't understand him then. [smiles] Now I do.
Simba: But, they--
Kiara: Them? Us? Look at them. They are us. What differences do you see?
[as both prides stand stunned in realization, the rain stops and the clouds clear; Simba smiles and nuzzles Kiara]
Zira: Vitani, now!
Vitani: No, Mother! [faces Kiara then back to Zira] Kiara's right. [walks to join Simba's pride] Enough.
Zira: If you will not fight, then you will die as well. [the other Outsiders mutter disgustedly. They go to stand with Simba, leaving Zira standing alone] Wha- What are- Where are you going? Get back here!
Simba: Let it go, Zira. It's time to put the past behind us.
Zira: [now alone] I'll never let it go! This is for you, Scar! Rah!
[Zira snarls and leaps at Simba, but Kiara pushes her away, and the two lionesses tumble down the embankment]

[last line]
Mufasa: Well done, my son. We are one.

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