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The Lion King II: Simba's Pride [DVD]

Matthew Broderick , Neve Campbell , Darrell Rooney , Rob LaDuca    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matthew Broderick, Neve Campbell, Andy Dick, Robert Guillaume, James Earl Jones
  • Directors: Darrell Rooney, Rob LaDuca
  • Writers: Bill Motz, Bob Roth, Cindy Marcus, Flip Kobler, Gregory Poirier
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: Dutch
  • Dubbed: Dutch, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Polish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Disney
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jun 2001
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CYAK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,150 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Lion King II: Simba's Pride is another made-for-video sequel to a Disney masterpiece. As with the Beauty and the Beast and Pocahontas sequels, most of the recognisable vocal talents return, creating a worthwhile successor to the highest-grossing animated film ever. We pick up the story as the lion king, Simba (voiced by Matthew Broderick) and Nala (Moira Kelly) have a new baby cub, a girl named Kiara (Neve Campbell). Like her father before, she seeks adventure and ends up outside the Pridelands, where lions loyal to the evil Scar (who died in the original) have lived with revenge in their hearts. The leader, Zira (a spunky turn from Suzanne Pleshette), schemes to use her son Kovu (Jason Marsden) to destroy Simba. As luck with have it, Kiara has bumped into Kovu and fallen in love.

This all sounds familiar since all of Disney's straight-to-video sequels have played it very safe, nearly repeating the originals' story, tone, and pace. Perhaps there were too many cooks for this production. Besides the two screenplay credits, there are eight other writers credited for additional written material. The look of the film has none of the surprise of the original but is far superior to other animated videos. In fact, the film played in European cinemas.

For children, the sequel will be a favourite. The comic antics of Timon (Nathan Lane) and Pumba (Ernie Sabella) are enjoyable, as is Andy Dick as Nuka, the mixed-up older son of Zira. And there's plenty of action. The best element is the music. Relying on more African-influenced music, the five songs featured are far superior to those in Disney's other sequels. Zira's song of revenge, "My Lullaby," was cowritten by Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon. The oustanding opening number, "He Lives in You", was created for the Lion King Broadway smash and now finds a whole new audience. --Doug Thomas

Product Description

In this sequel to 'The Lion King', Simba's wilful daughter Kiara escapes her inept babysitters Timon and Pumbaa and goes in search of adventure. She wanders into the forbidden Outlands, where she encounters Kovu, a young cub who is following in the evil Scar's pawprints. However, Simba is forced to make difficult decisions when Kiara and Kovu fall in love.


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'sequel' is such a strong word.. 4 Oct 2004
Format:DVD
Okay first things first; if you're looking for a repeat of The Lion King, you won't find it here. The Lion King 2 is a sequel in the best sense of the word. It takes the story and characters of the first film and builds on them without being too afraid to step in another direction.
The constant references to Scar and the, um, 'scars', he has left may indeed turn some people off. Personally I loved it. Kiera and Kovu are worthy successors to Simba and Nala. Here we have characters who cannot escape the past, but unlike the first film where Simba is trying to escape HIS past, they are trapped in the shadow of events before their time. They weren't a part of Scar's betrayal or downfall yet they still live with the consequences. Their struggle to be seen as individuals away from their heritage is a metaphor that easily applies to the film as a whole and I for one think it is wholly successful.
The film is altogether darker than the first, (Scar's vengeful mate is a pretty twisted figure), but it works perfectly in it's context as a sequel. You watch The Lion King when you're young and fall in love with the beautiful artwork and songs, then you watch The Lion King 2 when you are a bit older and appreciate for the first time just how complex the first film was to leave such a legacy, and hopefully see it in a new light.
Some people won't want to view an old favourite in a new light, and I must admit I didn't watch this film out of choice, but the new characters soon had me involved in a whole new way, the new songs, (especially the emotional, 'He's Not One of Us'), are never far from my tongue, and in moments of doubt Timon and Pumba are there to ease you along.
There are many Disney sequels and most are straight-to-video for a reason, but if you dismiss The Lion King 2 on those principles, you'll miss out on a real gem.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I think this sequel is just as brilliant as the original Lion King.
It is a film I could watch over and over again,and another brilliant soundtrack to go with it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great sequel 2 Aug 2005
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I've loved the original Lion King film since I was a young girl and recently saw the sequel to it. I was expecting it to be a disappointment, but it wasn't at all. It wasn't as good as the first one as that would be impossible, but it was the nearest you can get to it. Most of the same characters return and the story follows Kiara, Simba's daughter and heir to the throne, who falls for Kovu, the lion picked to take scar's place and kill Simba. A great film, if you loved the first one you'll like this.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By M. Fox
Format:DVD
Like me, I’m sure many people were very excited for the long-awaited sequel to Disney’s Classic, ‘The Lion King.’ The circle of life continues…
Simba is now the new Lion King and is a proud father to Kiara, his daughter. Like Simba once was at her age, Kiara is a very mischievous and adventurous cub who just can’t help getting into all kinds of trouble. One day, while exploring the Pridelands Simba asks Timon & Pumbaa to keep an eye on her to make sure she doesn’t get hurt. She manages to escape them both while they’re quarrelling over their lunch and runs off to the Outlands which are strictly off limits to all Pridelanders. Once there, she befriends another young lion cub named Kovu who was chosen to follow in the pawprints of Scar and one day take over as King. The problem is, Kiara and Kovu are not allowed to be friends because their families are at war against each other. As time goes by, Kovu & Kiara begin to slowly fall in love. Will their love be strong enough to end the feud between their warring families? You’ll have to watch the movie to find out…
‘The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride’ is a beautifully drawn, painted and animated movie. I don’t think anyone could have made the sequel to such a wonderful Disney Classic any better than this. You may also be interested to know that grown up Kiara’s voice is done by Neve Campbell from the ‘Scream’ movies and she’s a wonderful voice actress for Simba’s daughter.
However, my only disappointments about this DVD are that there are no special features to offer you. You get language and chapter selections as well as seeing a few other Disney titles available to buy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We are One :) 31 Aug 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I Just Purchased this movie The Lion King Simba's pride 2 and I thoughly enjoyed the movie,alot of fighting scenes between the lions,you could see also later in the movie that Kovo really loved Kiara and really changed from being manipulated as a baby cub by his Mother Zula to kill Simba.The songs are great especially the African music in it :) favourite songs are We are One,One of Us,Love Will find a way(this song made my eyes well up) you must get this film today as I thoughly recommend it.Enjoy the Movie as this is a must have for your collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 22 Jun 2014
By Maxine
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Bought my daughter Lion King1 and 2. She loves the songs, the excitement and the story. A great DVD and entertainment..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Sequel 5 Aug 2012
By ReviewBlog51 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
After the huge success of the first Lion King film, it would take one outstanding sequel to match the appreciation that both audiences and critics gave to the predecessor. This is not an outstanding sequel, but it's a pretty solid, powerful followup nevertheless.

We all know that Disney have made some pretty bad sequels to their other classic movies in the past. Thankfully, this ranks as perhaps the best.

This film introduces Kiara, Simba's strong-willed, independent daughter who craves an exciting life away from her protective father's watchful eye. Despite Timon and Pumbaa's efforts, she quickly encounters danger. The danger is in the shape of another young lion, Kovu, who has been groomed to lead Scar's pride. The two lions quickly befriend each other and come to realise that they aren't so different - persuading Simba is the difficult part.

Like the first film, the animation is excellent, the storyline is strong and interesting, Timon and Pumbaa are on top form and the original all-star voice cast return for the movie. There are also some great songs, my favourite being 'We Are One'.

This is a great little film and as long as you don't expect it to be as magnificent as the first (and what could be?), it should be enjoyed by most fans of The Lion King.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 day ago by Paul Grigas
5.0 out of 5 stars Decent sequel
A decent sequel, but it is a little bit like the first Lion King.
Published 18 days ago by Vanessa Alessio
5.0 out of 5 stars Child at heart
I normally hate the films they bring out to preceded the big blockbusters as they use different voices and teh drawing quality goes south. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars good film
a verey good film sold by a real good seller, disc came in real good shape recamend this film to anyone
Published 3 months ago by jack hewitt
4.0 out of 5 stars Lion King 2 DVD
Good sequel to Lion King, was over priced, considering most other disney films can be picked up for much less.
Published 5 months ago by Shirley Swann
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality
A christmas present for my daughter but poor quality as it jumps and skips for 5-10 mins in the middle of the film.
Published 6 months ago by miss l h armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
Not much you can say about this. Surely it speaks for itself. It's Disney, what more can I say. Absolutely brilliant. Love it.
Published 6 months ago by SUIGI
5.0 out of 5 stars Lion King 2
Fast delivery. Perfect sequal to The Lion King which I loved. Perfect to watch with the kids on a rainy day.
Published 6 months ago by Mrs L M Gaskell
5.0 out of 5 stars Present
Just what was wanted. This was a gift for adults plus a small child. Do I need to say more
Published 6 months ago by slekir
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Love it takes me back to my childhood. I get to sit and watch it with my niece and nephew who now also love the lion king movies, old school Disney is the best way to go!
Published 10 months ago by Leanne
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