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

aka The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

"The Circle of Life Continues..."

Details: 81 mins · English · G (USA)

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Cast:

Small Simba (voice)
Small Nala (voice)
Small Adult Kiara (voice)
No_movie_poster Adult Kiara (singing voice)
Small Nuka (voice)
Small Rafiki (voice)
Small Mufasa (voice)
Small Timon (voice)
Small Kovu (voice)
Small Zira (voice)
Small Pumbaa (voice)
Small Young Vitani (voice)
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Small Scar (voice)
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No_movie_poster Young Kiara (voice)
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Small Vitani

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No_movie_poster Cindy Marcus Author
No_movie_poster Darrell Rooney Director
No_movie_poster Flip Kobler Author
No_movie_poster Gregory Poirier Writer
No_movie_poster Irene Mecchi Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Jeannine Roussel Producer
No_movie_poster Jonathan Roberts Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Linda Voorhees Writer
No_movie_poster Linda Woolverton Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Mark McCorkle Writer
No_movie_poster Nick Glennie-Smith Music
No_movie_poster Peter Lonsdale Editor
No_movie_poster Rob LaDuca Director
No_movie_poster Tina Turner Music

Taglines:

"The Circle of Life Continues..."

Plot:

The animals of the Pridelands gather to witness the celebration of the newborn cub, Kiara, daughter of King Simba and Queen Nala. As she grows older, Kiara becomes annoyed with her father's overprotective parenting. Simba assigns Timon and Pumbaa to keep an eye on her. Kiara manages to escape the duo's attention and enters the "Outlands", where she meets Kovu, a cub who is Scar's heir. When Kovu retaliates to Kiara's playing, out of nowhere, Simba appears and roars at the young cub, and Zira, Kovu's mother (who had been watching them from the bushes) also emerges. Zira and Simba face off, with Zira reminding Simba of how he exiled her and the other Outlanders. She also tells him Kovu was hand-chosen to be Scar's successor, but Simba refuses and returns to the Pride Lands with Kiara, lecturing her on the dangers the Outlanders pose.


Zira confronts Kovu for going into the Pridelands, reminding him that Simba killed Scar and was the one who exiled the lions who respect Scar. Kovu explains that he does not think it is so bad to have Kiara as his good friend, and Zira realizes she can use Kovu's friendship with Kiara to get to Simba and soon plots a plan to get revenge.


Years later, Kiara heads out for her first solo hunt. Nuka and Vitani trap her in a fire, allowing Kovu to rescue her. Simba, unwilling to thank the young rogue, is forced to accept Kovu's asylum now that Kovu saved his daughter. Kovu contemplates attacking Simba as he was instructed to, but he goes out to hunt with Kiara instead and hardly realizes the love he has for Kiara at this point. Kovu attempts to confess his mission to Kiara, but Rafiki shows up and leads them to the jungle where he introduces them to "Upendi" — love. Ultimately, Kovu and Kiara indeed fall in love with each other.


Kovu's guilt drives him to confess about his mission to Kiara. Before he can do so, Simba tells him the real story of Scar, which Kovu had never heard. They fall into an ambush set up by Zira's pride, however. Kovu has the opportunity to kill Simba, but runs away instead. Nuka, trying to prove to Zira that he can capture Simba, is killed when some of the logs crush him to death. Zira blames Kovu for his brother's death and claws him across his eye in anger and frustration, scarring his face. Kovu attempts to return to the Pride Lands and pleads Simba for his forgiveness, but is rejected and promptly exiled. Angered by her father's prejudice, Kiara lambastes Simba and informs him that he will never be like Mufasa before fleeing to find Kovu. The two lions later find each other and profess their love. However, Kiara convinces Kovu to return to the Pridelands. Meanwhile, Simba is informed of an attack by the Outlanders.


The Outlanders and Pridelanders clash and a battle ensues. Zira and Simba confront each other, but Kovu and Kiara intervene and tell them to stop their hostilities. Simba, after listening to Kiara's explanation and realizing what he said earlier, reconciles with his daughter and the Outlanders side with the Pridelanders. Zira attempts to attack Simba, only for Kiara to send her over a cliff dangling over a storm-swollen river. Kiara offers Zira her help, but she refuses and dies. Simba helps Kiara back up the cliff, and he, along with Nala, allows the Outlanders and Kovu to rejoin the Pride Lands at Pride Rock, and even accepts Kovu as the future king and Kiara the future queen. Simba looks up at the sky to hear the approval of his father, Mufasa.

Release Dates:

DVD : 1998-10-27