The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride

Movie review by
Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Romeo and Juliet in the pridelands.
  • G
  • 2004
  • 81 minutes

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 42 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLionking2000 December 28, 2020

Simbas pride!

It’s a really good sequel the best I’ve seen. Got great songs and overall it’s great for kids and adults!
Parent Written byMark M. July 24, 2020

So bad! Dark. Violent whole time.

So hard to watch this movie!
-very dark. They keep saying “kill Simba”,
-first half is terrible. Gets somewhat better by end.

-love story. Gets... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byanimateddisneyfan July 6, 2015

Thank goodness for a good Disney sequel!

WARNING SPOILER ALERT!!!! I think this is one of the best Disney sequels because it has good animation and the story has a good villain. Some not so great seque... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byZoocreature345 May 19, 2014

A direct-to-video sequel that's surprisingly very good.

This is a direct-to-video sequel to The Lion King. Usually, these kind of sequels would suck, but, in this case, this is a very good film. I'm actually rel... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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