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: Did ya see that? Did ya 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]
Zira: Let him go! [Zira runs and climbs a pillar of rock as she rallies her forces] Simba has hurt me for the last time. Now, he has corrupted Kovu. Listen to me. Simba is injured and weak. Now is the time to attack! We will take his entire kingdom by force! [The Outsiders roar, Zira laughs evilly]

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: [feeling hurt] You will never be Mufasa! [Simba is shocked at this, and Kiara runs off, weeping]

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

[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]

Pumbaa: [about to cry after seeing Kovu and Kiara's initiation] I love moments like this.
Timon: Yeah.
Both: Love! Not "like", "LOVE"! [they start crying, and Zazu covers himself]

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

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