The Lion King is an animated movie produced by Walt Disney Studios and released in 1994. The story is about Simba, a lion cub prince whose father Mufasa is murdered by his brother (and Simba's uncle) Scar. Simba is forced to live in exile and Scar becomes an oppressive king. Years later as an adult, Simba returns to take his rightful place as king.
The film spawned two direct-to-video sequels, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride in 1998 and The Lion King 1½ in 2004, along with a live action CGI remake in 2019. Additionally, there is a musical theater production of the same name which debuted in 1997 and two television spin-offs, Timon & Pumbaa (1995–1999) and The Lion Guard (2015–2019). The original film and the musical adaptation have been referenced often in The Simpsons.
||Bart Simpson #7
||All's Veldt That Ends Veldt!
||When Bart is being chased by two lionesses, he turns and asks them, "Haven't you guys ever heard of 'The Circle of Life'?" He then remembers, to his chagrin, Lisa telling him, "That's just a nice way of referring to 'The Survival of the Fittest'!"
||Simpsons Comics #75
||...The Permanent Record Room!
||Bart tells Milhouse that he doesn't feel guilty about pulling pranks because he would otherwise become a prank victim himself, which Milhouse compares to The Circle of Life. Bart then tells him to stop quoting Elton John songs.
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