Released on June 15th, 1994.
TLK is the 32nd feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics Series.
Produced during the ‘Disney Renaissance’ era.
Directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff.
Earned over $951 million worldwide as of 2011, remains the highest-grossing 2D animated film in the United States.
Won two Academy Awards for it achievement in music and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture- Musical or Comedy.
Songs written by composer Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice, original score by Hans Zimmer.
Lead crew members traveled to Hell’s Gate National Park in Kenya to study, research and gain an aesthetic appreciation for the environment of the film.
Said to be the first Disney animated feature with an original story line rather than being based on an already-existing written work, although the story is heavily influenced by Shakespeare’s Hamlet and the Joseph and Moses stories from the Bible.
Certain elements of the film were considered to bear strong resemblances to a famous 1960’s Japanese anime television show called Kimba The White Lion, including a variety of individual scenes being nearly identical in composition and camera angle. Disney’s official stance is that the similarities are all coincidental.