The Lion King (1994) is an American film classified as an animated musical drama film. It was produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and opened by Walt Disney Pictures. Under the Disney animated feature film, this one comes at number 32nd, also it the fifth animated film set during the Disney Renaissance period. Rob Minkoff and Roger Allers directed the film, while Don Hahn did the production. The film’s screenplay was created by Irene Mecchi in collaboration with Linda Woolverton and Jonathan Roberts. The primary songs were composed by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice, and Hans Zimmer created the score.
The film stars voices from Matthew Broderick, Jim Cummings, Cheech Marin, Whoopi Goldberg, Madge Sinclair, Robert Guillaume, Rowan Atkinson, Ernie Sabella, Nathan Lane, Moira Kelly, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Jeremy Irons, along with James Earl Jone.
The story setting is a lions’ kingdom and was inspired by Moses and Joseph’s Biblical accounts and Harmlet by Shakespeare. The Lion King features Simba (meaning lion in Swahili), a baby lion the heir apparent to the throne of Mufasa, his father as the Pride Land’s ruler. But, after Mufasa is killed by his brother, Scar, Simba is fronted as the suspect who makes him flee into another land.
Lion King was conceptualized in 1998 in a meeting that brought together Peter Schneider, Roy E. Disney, and Jeffrey Katzenberg. The film came out on 15 June 1994, receiving positive reviews from critics who applauded its story, music, animation, and themes. It grossed $763 million worldwide, becoming the highest earner of 1994.