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The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998)

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Simba's daughter is the key to a resolution of a bitter feud between Simba's pride and the outcast pride led by the mate of Scar.

Directors:

Darrell Rooney, Rob LaDuca (co-director)

Writers:

Flip Kobler (screenplay), Cindy Marcus (screenplay) | 8 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Broderick ... Simba (voice)
Neve Campbell ... Kiara (voice)
Andy Dick ... Nuka (voice)
Robert Guillaume ... Rafiki (voice)
James Earl Jones ... Mufasa (voice)
Moira Kelly ... Nala (voice)
Nathan Lane ... Timon (voice)
Jason Marsden ... Kovu (voice)
Suzanne Pleshette ... Zira (voice)
Ernie Sabella ... Pumbaa (voice)
Lacey Chabert ... Young Vitani (voice)
Edward Hibbert ... Zazu (voice)
Cam Clarke ... Simba (singing voice)
Michelle Horn ... Young Kiara (voice)
Jim Cummings ... Scar (voice) (archive sound)
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Storyline

Simba and Nala have a daughter, Kiara. Timon and Pumbaa are assigned to be her babysitters, but she easily escapes their care and ventures into the forbidden lands. There she meets a lion cub named Kovu and they become friends. What she and her parents do not know is that Kovu is the son of Zira - a banished follower of the now-dead Scar. She plans to raise Kovu to overthrow Simba and become the king of the Pride Lands. This tests not only Kiara and Kovu's relationship as they mature, but Simba's relationship with his daughter. Written by Rori Stevens

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The circle of life continues...


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Trivia

Despite her role as a supporting antagonist, Vitani was the only Outsider to show genuine love for Kovu. See more »

Goofs

(at around 30 mins) The topi (large brown antelope) that Kiara pursues make wildebeest noises. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Timon: Ah, Pumba. Look at that little guy! A chip off the old block. And you gotta know who's gonna raise him.
Pumbaa: His parents?
Timon: Okay, sure. Get technical. But who's gonna teach him the real important stuff? Like how to belch.
[belches]
Timon: And dig for grubs. I'm telling you, buddy, it's gonna be like old times. You, me and the little guy.
Rafiki: [laughs] It is a girl.
Timon: Girl.
TimonPumbaa: Girl? Oy.
[They both faint]
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Crazy Credits

The Walt Disney Pictures logo is not shown at both all, at the beginning or at the end. See more »

Alternate Versions

After Kiara conviences Kovu to go back to the Pride Lands, Kovu says, "Race you back!" They both laugh and run off together. In the final version, there is no such line or scene. See more »


Soundtracks

My Lullaby
Lyrics and Music by Joss Whedon and Scott Warrender
Performed by Suzanne Pleshette, Crysta Macalush Winton, and Andy Dick
Chorus: Kevin Dorsey, Darryl Phinnessee, Niki Haris (as Niki Haris), Julia Waters, Rick Nelson, Maxine Waters Willard (as Maxine Waters), Bobbi Page, Terry Young, and Monalisa Young (as Mona Lisa Young)
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Not the Mightiest Lion
17 January 2004 | by travisimoSee all my reviews

Being a big fan of the first Lion King, it would take a heck of a sequel to match my appreciation for the first flick. The Lion King II: Simba's Pride doesn't even come close in my eyes, but I don't think Disney was really shooting for that. The story is likeable enough with Simba's daughter, Kiara, growing up and trying to step out of Simba's shadow. She meets an outsider, Kovu who is some sort of descendant or handpicked successor of Simba's nemesis, Scar. Kiara and Kovu hit it off as young cubs but are told by Simba they can't see each other when Simba learns of Kovu's background. In a way it's kind of refreshing to see a flaw in our hero, Simba, as he holds a grudge against Kovu for something Kovu had absolutely no control over. Then again, I wondered where exactly these outside lions came from, as I don't recall seeing a glimpse of them at all in the first LK.

Anyway, Kovu and Kiara grow up and fall in love and that stuff, but Kovu has been taught to hate Simba and the other Prideland lions. I'll stop there, but you get the sense of what the story is like. It's not groundbreaking material, but it's nice enough to keep you and/or the little ones interested. There are some flaws in LK2 that I just couldn't get over. The animation is obviously nowhere near that of the original as it was made from a much smaller budget. That's okay and all, as the story usually trumps visuals, but some effects like the fire scene were pretty bad. The fire just stood out like a sore thumb. I've seen better effects on David Letterman skits!

My next problem with the movie is the voice work. Most of it is done well by the original cast (Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella), but Rowan Atkinson is missed as the neurotic bird, Zazu. I also didn't like the actor who voiced Kovu, Jason Marsden. I don't dislike Jason Marsden personally, but he has done characters in the past that have just annoyed the crap out of me. I actually remember him as Eddie Munster in The Munsters Today. In the new version, Eddie becomes some sort of punk who rebels against his family. That's not the Eddie Munster I knew as a child. Furthermore, he also voiced Goofy's grownup son, Max, in The Goofy Movie. I liked Max when he was a kid in the TV series, Goof Troop, but as an adolescent, Max was just a whiny, selfish brat. So whenever I hear Jason Marsden's voice, I just get annoyed. It's my own issues, I know.

Now for my last complaint, which is usually the same for any Disney sequel, the music is just not up to par with the original. Elton John and Tim Rice were desperately missed in this movie. Although I will say there was one song that was fairly good, Love Will Find a Way. It's a nice ballad that really can fit in with any Disney feature. It also sounded familiar to me, like maybe I've heard it on the radio. That is just something uncommon with Disney sequels.

I know I've complained a lot, which is sort of hard for me to do, because I love The Lion King and Disney, but LK2 just isn't my type of flick. I'm very glad to see other reviewers enjoy it though. To each their own, I say!

My IMDb Rating: 5/10. My Yahoo! Grade: C+ (Flawed but Worthy)


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27 October 1998 (USA) See more »

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