Referenced By: The Lion King

Live-Action TV
  • In The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Phillip sits on a rabbit belonging to his five-year-old son, Nicholas. He tries to smooth over the explanation by referring to Mufasa's death, but Nicholas realizes what his father is doing and interrupts him.
  • In The Nanny one of the children asks to see The Lion King again in the theater. One of the adults refuses: "The 'Hakunas' are coming out of my 'Matatas'".

Web Original
  • SF Debris uses the song "Circle of Life" to emphasise the predatory nature of mutant serial killer Tooms in his reviews of The X-Files episodes "Squeeze" and "Tooms".
  • The Stinger of the Ultra Fast Pony episode "Makin' Babies" shows Filly Rarity being dragged to her destiny and lamenting that it isn't Pride Rock, just "regular rock".

Webcomics

Western Animation
  • A Cold Open for Animaniacs had a parody called "The Tiger Prince", with Yakko in the role of Rafiki. In the end Yakko holds up the Tiger Prince high in the air on "Pride Rock" with all the other animals cheering...only to have Yakko accidentally drop him.
  • The Pinky and the Brain episode "Brain's Song" had the mice subjected to a sadness experiment by watching a parody of the scene where Simba finds Mufasa's dead body, giving Brain inspiration for his next scheme.
  • In the American Dad! episode "Stan Knows Best", Stan reminisces of the time when he and Hayley actually loved each other and remembers her sucking on a Lion King blanket.
  • The Family Guy episode "Peter Problems" features a parody where a monkey lifts a lion cub in the air from atop Pride Rock, followed by Peter showing up with a forklift lifting another cub up to a higher height. Two giraffes then comment on when the bris will take place.
  • The Drawn Together episode "Clum Babies" has Wooldoor lifting his first "cl;um baby" into the air while the other housemates bow in respect.
  • The MAD sketch Avaturd has Jake Smelly being named king of the Na'vi for saving them, where Rafiki promptly shows up to lift him into the air.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In Round Springfield Bleeding Gums Murphy appears in the sky after his death. Mufasa the lion too, in reference to a similar scene in The Lion King, and says: "You must avenge my death, Kimba- I mean "Simba", in reference to the controversy that The Lion King was a rip-off of Osamu Tezuka's Kimba the White Lion.
    • In Simpsons Safari the African sun rising, accompanied by African chanting, is a direct reference to the opening scene of the movie.