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The Lion King is a 1994 animated feature film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Considered by many to be the Best Disney Film of all time, it is the 32nd animated feature in the Disney animated feature canon, and the third highest-grossing animated feature (the highest for hand drawn animation) film ever released in the United States.

The film focuses on a young lion in Africa named Simba, who learns of his place in the "Circle of Life" while struggling through various obstacles to become the rightful king. It is frequently alleged that The Lion King was based on Osamu Tezuka's 1960s animated series Kimba the White Lion, although many of the filmmakers deny this.[2][3] The filmmakers do, however, acknowledge the influences of the Shakespeare play Hamlet, the Bible stories of Joseph and Moses, and the 1942 Disney animated feature Bambi.[4]

The Lion King is a musical film, with songs written by composer Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice, and a film score by Hans Zimmer. The score and one of its songs won Academy Awards.[5] Disney later produced two related movies: a sequel, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, and a semi-prequel, The Lion King 1½.