Simba's mischievous uncle, Scar, plots to usurp Mufasa's position of authority by tricking father and child into a rush of wildbeasts. Be that as it may, Simba get away. Simba returns as a grown-up to reclaim his country from Scar with the assistance of his companions.
It bears repeating that The Lion King is quite entertaining as children's fare goes these days. But Disney has established a standard so high on animated features that anything less than a classic leaves you feeling that something's missing.
The Lion King, complete with jaunty songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, is undeniably and fully worthy of its glorious Disney heritage. It is a gorgeous triumph -- one lion in which the studio can take justified pride.