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.


  • 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.
  • Kovu, I was wrong. You belong here. Let's go home - all of us.
  • [sternly] Kiara, I don't want you talking with him. [softening] I want to talk with him.
  • [criticized, but gently to Kovu] It's kinda cold tonight, huh? Come on in.


  • [to Timon and Pumbaa] I'm not just a princess, you know. That's only half of who I am!
  • [to Simba, after he banishes Kovu] YOU WILL NEVER BE MUFASA!!
  • [to Simba, after Zira's death] Daddy, I tried.


  • I'm sorry, Mother! She didn't seem so bad.
  • [talking to himself] Okay, I have to tell her today. Oh, where do I start? "Kiara, Zira had a plot, and I was part of it, but I don't want to be... because... it's because I love you." [exhales] She'll never believe me but I'm gonna try.
  • He wasn't my father, but he was still part of me.
  • You will not hurt Kiara or Simba! Not while I'm here.


  • Oh, no, Simba. We have barely begun. [looks down at Kiara and chuckles wickedly]
  • This lands belonged to Scar!
  • Simba is injured and weak. Now is the time to attack! We shall take his entire kingdom, BY FORCE!
  • If you will not fight, then you will die as well.
  • I'll never let it go! This is for you, Scar!


  • [rehearsing the confession to Simba] All right, let's see. Uh... "Gee, Simba! The good news is, we found your daughter. The bad news is, we dropped the warthog on her. Is there a problem with that?"
  • PUMBAA! Let me define, "Babysitting!"
  • Timon, Pumbaa. Great! Now that we all know each other, GET OUT OF OUR PRIDELANDS!!!
  • Pfft! That's not a king. That's a fuzzy maraca!
  • Boy, does she need a hobby!
  • [after cocking Pumbaa's tail, and holding it like a gun] Don't anybody move! This thing's loaded! I'll let ya have it!
  • [from trailer] Hey, where'd that music come from?


  • Don't worry, Kiara. Uncle Pumbaa's coming! [throws himself into the pond, soaking Timon]
  • I thought our motto was Hakuna Matata.
  • [from trailer] You think that was a new Lion King movie or something.


  • Rafiki: [chuckling] It is a girl.
  • Timon and Pumbaa: [Rafiki reveals Kiara is a girl.] GIRL?!? OY!! [They faint.]
  • Rafiki: Kovu...Kiara...together? This is the plan? [to the sky, talking to Mufasa] ARE YOU CRAZY?!? This will never work! Oh, Mufasa. You've been up there too long! Your head is in the clouds!
  • Adult Vitani: Where's your pretty daughter, Nala?
  • Nuka: Roasty toasty princess… roasty toasty princess! [finishes lighting the grass on fire (in a circle around him) and jumps in excitement, but then pauses] Hey, is it hot here or is that just me? [realizes he's surrounded by fire] FIRE!!! YOWWW!!!
  • Mufasa: [in a deleted scene, after Simba arrogantly exiles Kovu and forbids Kiara to leave Pride Rock unescorted] You have let your family down, and in doing so, you have broken the Circle of Life.
  • Scar: [latching on to Simba's upper foreleg with his claws] Gotcha! Trust me?
  • Zazu: 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.
  • Mufasa: [last lines] Well done, my son. [Simba smiles and feels Mufasa's breeze and Rafiki nods] We are one.


[First lines of the movie: Kiara is presented to the animals of the Pride Lands]
Timon: Ah, Pumbaa — look at that little guy. A chip off the old block! And you gotta know who's going to raise 'im....
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: [obliviously] Girl.
Timon and Pumbaa: GIRL!? Oy! [they faint]

Zira: Oh, haven't you met my son, Kovu? He was hand-chosen by Scar to follow in his pawprints... and become King!
Timon: Pbbb! That's not a king. That's a fuzzy maraca!
Zira: Kovu was the last born before you exiled us to the Outlands, where we have little food, less water...
Simba: You know the penalty for returning to the Pridelands!
Zira: But the child does not. However, if you need your pound of flesh, here.
[She nudges Kovu toward Simba, daring him to show either ruthlessness or cowardice]
Simba: Take him and get out. We're finished here. [picks up Kiara in his teeth. Zira walks over to Simba and looks down at a terrified Kiara]
Zira: Oh, no, Simba... we have barely begun! [glares wickedly at Kiara, then turns and picks up Kovu in her jaws]
Cub Kiara: [softly] Bye...
Cub Kovu: [softly] Bye...

Simba: [after bringing Kiara from meeting Kovu in the Outlands where she isn't allowed to go to] Kiara, what did you think you were doing? You could've been killed today.
Cub Kiara: But, Daddy, I... I didn't mean to disobey--
Simba: I'm telling you this because I love you. I don't wanna lose you.
Cub Kiara: I know.
Simba: If something happened to you, I don't know what I'd do. One day I won't be here, and I need you to carry on in my place. You are part of the great--
Cub Kiara: Circle of Life. I know...
Simba: Exactly. And you need to be careful. As future Queen--
Cub Kiara: But 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. [playfully grins]

Nuka: [annoyed] Kovu, Kovu, Kovu. Scar wasn't even his father. He just took him in... (he took us all in!) [to Vitani, who is biting on a root] Oh, hey, Vitani, where's little termite Kovu, our "chosen one"? [touches the root with a claw; it snaps, and Vitani tumbles backward; Nuka guffaws]
Cub 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.
Cub Vitani: Mother's gonna be mad. She told you to watch him!
Nuka: [continuing to scratch his mangy back] Oh, who cares? I should have been the chosen one. I am the oldest, I am the strongest, I am the smartest-- OH, GOD, THESE TERMITES!!! [starts biting every place for flees he can find on his body, and rolls around on the ground. Vitani just stares smugly at her brother's predicament] I could be a leader, if she'd just give me a chance!
Cub Vitani: [scoffs] Yeah, right. Why don't ya tell that to her?
Nuka: Yeah? Don't think I won't!
Cub Vitani: Oh, yeah? [chuckles] Here's your chance.

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

Zira: [inspecting Kovu] You are ready! Nice, very nice. You have the same blackness in your soul that Scar had. What is your destiny?
Adult Kovu: I will avenge Scar. Take his place in the Pride Lands.
Zira: Yes. What have I taught you?
Adult Kovu: Simba is the enemy.
Zira: [evilly smiling] And what must you do?!
Adult Kovu: I must kill him!

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

[Kiara and Kovu are looking at constellations in the night sky]
Adult Kovu: See that? See that? Look at that! It's really pretty.
Adult Kiara: What? Oh yeah! Um-- look, there's one that looks like a baby rabbit. See the fluffy tail?
Adult Kovu: Yeah... hey! There's one that looks like two lions killing each other for a scrap of meat. [Kovu laughs and Kiara grimaces] Ohh, I've never done this before.
Adult 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.
Adult Kovu: Do you think Scar is up there? [Kovu gets up and moves off] No one here thinks he's very great... do they?
Adult Kiara: My father said there was a darkness in Scar that he couldn't escape.
Adult Kovu: Maybe there's a darkness in me, too.
[Kiara puts her paw on Kovu's, and they nuzzle as Simba is watching from a hill some distance away]
Simba: [calling out to Mufasa] 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, Simba. You want so much to walk the path expected of you. Perhaps Kovu does not.
Simba: [surprised] What? How do you know what--
Nala: I can see them down there just as easily as you can. Get to know them and see. [she nuzzles under Simba's head]

[Simba has been telling Kovu about Scar]
Simba: Scar couldn't let go of his hate, and in the end, it destroyed him.
Adult 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. [her sorrow quickly changes to fury and turns around to notice Kovu] YOU! [slashes at Kovu, and he turns his head, now having a scar over his left eye just like Scar's] What have you DONE?!
Adult Kovu: I-I-I didn't mean to... It wasn't my fault, I... [snarling] I DID NOTHING!
Zira: Exactly! And in doing so, you betrayed your pride. Betrayed Scar!
Adult Kovu: I want nothing more to do with him!!
Zira: You cannot escape it! Nuka is dead because of you!
Adult Kovu: No.
Zira: You've killed your own brother! (You cannot escape your fate!)
Adult Kovu: NO!!! [flees]

[Simba glares at Kovu as he walks up to Pride Rock]
Simba: Why have you come back?!
Adult Kovu: Simba, I had nothing to do with that!
Simba: [furious] You don't belong here.
Adult Kovu: [desperately] Please. I ask your forgiveness.
Adult Kiara: [actively protesting to Simba] Daddy, please! Listen to him!
Simba: [sternly to Kiara] SILENCE! [turns back to Kovu] When you first came here, you asked for judgment... and I pass it now: EXILE!
[All the animals violently roar in violent approval]
Adult Kiara: NO! No! Kovu!

Adult Kiara: You don't know him!
Simba: I know he's following in Scar's pawprints! And I must follow in my father's.
Adult Kiara: [having enough of her father's strictness] YOU WILL NEVER BE MUFASA! [runs off, weeping]

[Kovu and Kiara wrestle briefly, then catch sight of themselves in a reflection]
Adult Kovu: [smiling at Kiara] Hey, look, we are one. Let's get outta here. We'll run away together. And start a pride... all our own!
Adult Kiara: Kovu, we have to go back.
Adult Kovu: You're kidding. But we're finally together.
Adult Kiara: Our place is with our pride. If we run away, they'll be divided forever.

[The Outsiders and Simba's pride face each other across the field. When all are assembled in a standoff, Timon and Pumbaa moon the Outsiders]
Timon and Pumbaa: Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah!
Zira: It's over, Simba! I have dreamed of nothing else for years!
Timon: Boy, does she need a hoppy.
Simba: Last chance, Zira: Go home.
Zira: I am home! [smirks and snarls as lightning flashes and thunder crashes] ATTACK!!!

[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.
Adult Kiara: Daddy, this has to stop.
Zira: You're even weaker than I thought. Get out of the way!
Adult Kovu: You'll never hurt Kiara, or Simba, not while I'm here.
[Zira gasps upon hearing her son say such words]
Simba: Stay out of this.
Adult Kiara: A wise king once told me, "we are one." [now smiling] I didn't understand him then. Now I do.
Simba: But, they--
Adult 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]
Adult 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, disgusted by Zira's words, also go to stand with Simba, leaving Zira standing alone] Wh-- wha-- 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!
[Zira snarls and leaps at Simba, but Kiara pushes her away, and both start rolling down towards the river]

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