In 1994, Disney’s The Lion King roared onto cinema screens. The animated family film, about a lion cub who learns how to be king, was a huge hit and led to a series of films.

But how many Lion King movies are there?

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The Disney Lion King films in order

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To date, there are five Lion King movies from Disney. The Lion King movies – which were produced between 1994 and 2019 – include:

  • The Lion King (1994)
  • The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride (1998)
  • The Lion King 3: Hakuna Matata (aka The Lion King 1½ (2004))
  • The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar (2015)
  • The Lion King (2019)
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Are all of Disney’s Lion King movies part of the same series?

The Lion King ‘94, The Lion King 2, The Lion King 3, and The Lion Guard, are all animated adventures set within the same series. Chronologically, The Lion King ’94 is first, with The Lion King 3, The Lion King 2 and The Lion Guard following.

The Lion King 2019 is a photorealistic computer-generated remake of The Lion King ’94.

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Who are the cast of The Lion King films?

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The cast of The Lion King films varies across the five movies. Notable actors in The Lion King film series include James Earl Jones, Matthew Broderick, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Jeremy Irons, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Robert Guillaume, Rowan Atkinson, Madge Sinclair, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, Jim Cummings, Moira Kelly, Neve Campbell, Jason Marsden, Rob Lowe, Max Charles, Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.

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Is The Lion King series the work of the same director?

The Lion King films are the work of multiple directors. Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff directed The Lion King, Darrell Rooney and Rob LaDuca directed The Lion King 2, Bradley Raymond directed The Lion King 3, Howy Parkins directed The Lion Guard, and Jon Favreau directed The Lion King 2019.

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What is the best Lion King film?

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The Lion King ’94 and The Lion King 2019 are generally considered to be the strongest films in the collection, while The Lion King 3 is well regarded by fans for its clever storytelling technique. According to IMDb The Lion King films are ranked as follows:

  • The Lion King (1994) – 8.5/10
  • The Lion King (2019) – 7.0/10
  • The Lion King 3: Hakuna Matata (aka The Lion King 1½ (2004)) – 6.6/10
  • The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride (1998) – 6.5/10
  • The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar (2015) – 5.7/10
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