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Parents' Guide to

The Lion King (1994)

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Musical king-of-the-beasts blockbuster is powerful, scary.

Movie G 1994 89 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 79 parent reviews

age 2+

This movie is perfect!

I like how The Lion King shows younger kids that the circle of life goes on and on forever and how it shows how to become brave and powerful this movie is surprising and a feel-good movie is terrific for me

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
1 person found this helpful.
age 6+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (79 ):
Kids say (194 ):

One of Disney's biggest hits, this excellent film has echoes of Shakespeare, bringing to mind the plots of both Richard III and Hamlet. The Lion King was not just a movie but a marketing phenomenon: This blockbuster was the highest grossing film of 1994. Of course kids won't know -- or care -- about that; they'll just be enthralled by the memorable songs and great characters.

The scene in which cub Simba's father, Mufasa, is trampled to death, is both sad and genuinely scary. And some of the fights between animals later in the movie can be frightening as well. But the lesson Simba learns -- that you have to stand up to your problems instead of running away from them -- is a solid one.

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