A lion prince, Simba, is born in Africa and the animals of the Pride Lands pay tribute. Later Simba is told by his father, King Mufasa, that when Mufasa dies, Simba will become King of the Pride Lands. Simba's Uncle Scar would have been king after Mufasa had Mufasa not had a child. Fuelled by rage, Scar plots to kill Mufasa and Simba so he is able to take over the throne. He uses the hyenas to cause a stampede through the canyon where Mufasa and Simba are, and personally ensures Mufasa falls to his death. Simba survives so Scar implies that the stampede was Simba's fault and that the pride will blame him. Simba flees the Pride Lands meaning never to return home. Simba is found, collapsed with exhaustion, by Timon the Meerkat, and Pumbaa the Warthog, and the trio become fast friends. Simba stays with them well into adulthood until his childhood friend, Nala, hunting beyond the Pride Lands that herds had deserted under Scar's mismanagement stumbles upon Simba's new home. Astonished to ...
|nudity||Nala makes "bedroom eyes" at Simba, implying she wants to mate with him. Nala and Simba tend to roll and pin each other. As youngsters this is shown in a innocent light, as they get older it gains sexual connotations.|
|violence||Hyenas crawl out from their dark, steaming boneyard to threaten young Simba, Nala, and Zazu. They stick Zazu in a lava pit in an effort to cook him (he rockets off with a smoking trail) and then lunge with snapping jaws at the scurrying cubs. Simba scratches a hyena's face in defense of Nala. Just before disaster strikes, Mufasa charges in and bats the hyenas violently about. Two lions fight. Mufasa and a young Simba struggle to escape from a flood of stampeding antelope. The lions are kicked, stomped and sent careening back and forth by the herd. Mufasa lifts Simba to safety but tumbles backward into the surging mass of animals. Mufasa is later shown lying still, seemingly unscathed; however, it is revealed that he is dead when Simba tries to wake him.|
|frightening||Mufasa's death may be intense for some viewers. Simba is thrown off the edge of a cliff, but grabs onto the edge, and is dangling over a firest fire, but doesn't fall.This part can be intense for some viewers.|