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.
  • (about to banish Kovu) When you first came here, you asked for judgement... and I pass it now! EXILE!
  • Kovu, I was wrong. You belong here. Let's go home - all of us.


  • (to Simba, after he banishes Kovu) You will never be Mufasa!
  • (to Simba, after Zira's death) Daddy... I tried.


  • Oh no, Simba. We have barely begun. [looks down at Kiara and chuckles wickedly]
  • Simba is injured and weak. Now is the time to attack! We will take his entire kingdom, by force!
  • If you will not fight, then you will die as well.


  • 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!


  • [rehearsing the confession to Simba] Alright 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!


  • Where's your pretty daughter, Nala?


[First lines of the movie; during the presentation of Kiara]
Timon: Pumbaa! Look at that little guy. A chip off the old block. And ya gotta know who's going to 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 tellin' 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: [suddenly shocked] Girl? OY!! [they faint.]

Cub Kovu: [after meeting Cub Kiara] Who are you, Pridelander? [snarls at her, only to move back] What are you doing?
Cub Kiara: My father says to never turn your back on an Outsider!
Cub Kovu: You always do what Daddy says?
Cub Kiara: No!
Cub Kovu: Betcha do. Bet your Daddy's little girl!

Cub Kiara: We make such a good team! And you... you were really brave.
Cub Kovu: Yeah. You were pretty brave too. My name's Kovu.
Cub Kiara: I'm Kiara.

Nuka: [annoyed] Kovu, Kovu, Kovu. Scar wasn't even his father. He just took him in. [to Cub 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]
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] Oh, who cares? I should have been the chosen one. I'm the oldest, I'm the strongest, I'm the smartest-- 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!
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: You are ready! [inspects him] Nice, very nice. [chuckles] 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: [grinning] 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: [speaks under his breath] Why do I bother?

[After Kovu saves Kiara, only to be then confronted by Simba]
Simba: Kiara!
[he and the Pridelanders arrive; Simba snarls at Kovu]
Nala: Kiara! You're alright. [nuzzles under her head]
Adult 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!
Adult Kiara: But I was doing just fine! Even before Kovu--
Simba: Kovu?! [roars at him again]
Nala: [surprised] Simba?
Rafiki: [to Adult Kovu] Hey! You! How dare you save the king's daughter?!
Simba: [turns back at Kovu] You saved her? Why?
Adult Kovu: I... humbly ask to join your pride.
Simba: [furiously] No. You were banished with the other Outsiders.
Adult Kovu: I have left the Outsiders. I am a rogue. Judge me now... for what I am, or am I to be blamed for a crime I didn't commit?
[Simba thinks and paces around while snarling]
Nala: Simba. You owe him your daughter's life.
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.
Simba: Hmm. [comes with a decision] My father's law will prevail. For now, I reserve judgment. We'll see who you really are.
Zazu: Hmph! Riffraff.
[they all leave back to Pride Rock with Kovu smiling inwardly]

[Kiara and Kovu are laying on their backs, looking at constellations in the night sky]
Adult Kovu: [as they giggle] 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; this isn't Kiara's cup of tea, and she 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: You think Scar is up there? [they look at each other; Kovu gets up and moves off] No one here thinks he's very they?
Adult Kiara: My father said there was a...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; 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. [turns and notices Kovu] YOU! [she slashes him across the face, leaving a scar like the one Scar had] 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. You 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!
Adult Kovu: NO!!! [flees]

Adult 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.
Adult Kiara: YOU WILL NEVER BE MUFASA!! [runs off, weeping]

Timon: I can't believe we lost her again. This is the eighth thousandth time! [Pumbaa winces] I thought you were going to watch her!
Pumbaa: Me? You were gonna watch her.
Timon: I thought you were gonna watch her!
Pumbaa: No, you were gonna watch her!
Timon: You were gonna watch her!
Pumbaa: OOH, WATCH THIS!!! [leaps onto Timon]
Timon: OW!! [tackles at Pumbaa] TAKE THAT, YOU CREE-PY WART-HOG!!! Say it...
Pumbaa: Fat!
Timon: SAY IT!!
Pumbaa: [Timon is holding his back leg] Fat! FATTY, FAT, FAT...!!
Simba: [walks in] What are you doing?
Timon: [seeing Simba, he screams and lets go of Pumbaa's leg] AAGH! Good question! Uh, let me ask you one.
Pumbaa: Hippo-thetically.
Timon: Very hypo-thetical. There's this guy...
Pumbaa: But he's not a lion!
Timon: No! No, he's not a lion... yeesh. Definitely not a lion. And, uh... uh... his daughter, um, say... vanished?
Simba: Kiara's gone?!
[Zazu flies in]
Zazu: Sire! The Outsiders are on the attack, heading this way! IT'S WAR!
Simba: Zazu, find Kiara! [to Timon and Pumbaa] We'll assemble the lionesses. Move, now!

Zira: It's over, Simba! I have dreamed of nothing else for years!
Timon: Boy, does she need a hobby.
Simba: Last chance, Zira: go home.
Zira: I am home! [grins and snarls as lightning flashes] ATTACK!!!

Pumbaa: What do we do?! What do we do?!
Timon: There's only one thing we can do, Pumbaa. "When the going gets tough, the tough get going." That's our motto!
Pumbaa: I thought our motto was "Hakuna Matata".
Timon: Pumbaa! Stop living in the past. We need a new motto.
[They charge at some of the Outsiders; one roars in front of them]
Timon: [he and Pumbaa scream] Like I said, let's get going!

Adult Vitani: Where's your pretty daugther, Nala?
Nala: Vitani!

[Just as Simba and Zira are about to fight, Kiara and Kovu leap in between them]
Simba: Kiara?
Zira: Kovu! Move...
Simba: Stand aside.
Adult Kiara: Daddy, this has to stop!
Zira: You're even weaker than I thought. Get out the way!
Adult Kovu: You'll never hurt Kiara, or Simba! Not while I'm here.
Zira: [scoffs] HA!
Simba: Stay out of this!
Adult Kiara: A wise king once told me, "We are one." 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]
Zira: Vitani! NOW!
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]
Zira: Wh-Wha--?! Where are you going?! Get back here!
Simba: Let it go, Zira. It's time to put the past behind us.
Zira: 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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