The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride

  • Review Date: August 1, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2004

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Romeo and Juliet in the pridelands.
  • Review Date: August 1, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2004

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

In order to bring about peace among the lions and his daughter's happiness, Simba must forgive and let go of past hatred. A character taught to hate others decides to think for himself.

Violence & scariness

Lions fight ferociously with each other and several die. Kiara escapes life-threatening situations. A plot to kill Simba figures prominently.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that cute 'toons Timon, Pumba, Rafiki, and Zazu will attract little kids, but scary scenes and mean looking lions might frighten young viewers.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Simba the Lion King is now a dad. His daughter Kiara is eager to explore beyond the pridelands, but Simba tries to shelter her from danger. One day while exploring, Kiara bumps into Scar's son Kovu (which means 'scar' in Swahili). They like each other, but Kovu's evil mother Zira and Simba quickly intervene and separate the two. Zira fills Kovu's head and heart with hatred and raises him for the sole purpose of someday killing Simba. Years later, on the day of her first solo hunt, Kiara runs into Kovu again. He rescues her from a fire and then asks to join Simba's pride. It's all according to Zira's evil plan, but Kovu falls in love with Kiara and begins to see that the two prides should be united, not divided.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

LION KING II is good by Disney sequel standards and unique in that the story actually follows directly from the first movie. We see a progression of themes and plot elements planted earlier, as if this story were always meant to be told. Indeed, the story of star-crossed lovers from feuding families has been told countless times before, nevertheless fans of The Lion King will enjoy seeing the characters' story continue. Cute characters Timon and Pumbaa don't have a role beyond following Kiara around, but they add some laughs to the heavy love and vengeance plot. The songs are listenable in the moment while not the makings of a child's favorite soundtrack.

Disney did a pretty good job with the DVD extras on this sequel. Timon and Pumbaa host most of the features, making them fun for kids. Particularly cool is a virtual elephant ride in which kids can pick where they go and feel like they're riding an elephant. Several simple, fun games can be played by little ones who can use a mouse. Older viewers may enjoy interviews with the voice cast members Mathew Broderick, Neve Campbell, Suzanne Pleshette, and others.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Simba and Kiara's goals are different at first, but they come to better understand each other over the course of the movie. What are good ways for parents and kids to work through misunderstandings?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 31, 2004
DVD release date:August 31, 2004
Cast:Matthew Broderick, Moira Kelly, Neve Campbell
Directors:Darrell Rooney, Rob LaDuca
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Friendship, Music and sing-along, Wild animals
Run time:81 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:all audiences

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Adult Written bykcmorg April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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A Very Dark Film...

I was very disappointed in this sequal to "Lion King". This movie was dark, and very violent. I cant even count the number of times that these lions were told to "kill". The whole movie was dark and depressing. Don't waste your time on this one for the kids.

Kid, 10 years old Written byCaSmFiRe July 20, 2011
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8
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Nice!!

I have no BIG pointers, but it's really twisted version of Romeo and Juliet. I thought this was a smidge better than the first, but I liked the first's soundtrack MUCH MUCH more! Kiara is a great role model for believing and knowing the Kovu is good. And Simba is a bit too insane in this one... (not really)

Teen, 13 years old Written byGloryGirl April 4, 2010
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We ARE one

I couldn't say it was the best, I think they could have made it better, I don't really like the songs except for "He lives in you" I like the characters, but I think Kiara was a little too rude, other wise they weren't too bad! Simba didn't seem himself though, I didn't see the old Simba... :( Kovu and Vitani are my two favorite characters in this film. The animation could have used a little more color and not so much dimness. I didn't like the "plans for murder" dealeo too much, but it was interesting, I wouldn't say it would be bad for kids or anything like that, the only "scary" part about it is when the Lions fight, but think about it, its what lions do to gain territory sometimes. Besides, human beings have done FAR worse than lions have, that's the truth. At least lions figure out they're one, humans still quarrel about black and white, nazi and jew, fat or skinny. . I'm just pointing that out. . . I want to go outside without being worried I'll be kidnapped. I want to be free again, like lions are.

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Too much violence
Great messages
Great role models

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