The Lion King is a popular Disney franchise that began in 1994 with the Disney Animated Canon film of the same name. It mainly revolves around a pride of lions who are the royalty overseeing a vast swath of African savannah called the Pride Lands, with the pride's leader seen as king by the other animals. The franchise's first three films famously feature many Shakespearean themes in their plots.
This was Disney's first franchise to have EGOTed, and to this day retaining the record for the shortest timespan to receive all four awards, receiving its grand slam in only four years.
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- The Lion King: A series of mostly unrelated comics based off of the original film.
- The Lion King (1994): The highest-grossing traditionally animated film of all time. A young lion cub prince gets tricked by his uncle, the king's brother, into thinking he killed his father. After the cub grows up, he later learns of his uncle's tyranny and goes to face him to reclaim his throne. Part of the Disney Renaissance, it is very inspired by Hamlet.
- The Lion King II: Simba's Pridenote (1998): The first Direct to Video sequel. The king's lioness daughter bonds with a lion from a banished pride who still sees the king's uncle as the "rightful" king. Inspired by Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth.
- The Lion King 1½note (2004): The second Direct to Video sequel, although it's more of a prequel/interquel of the first film from the perspective of Those Two Guys. A meerkat wants to get away from his monotonous life digging tunnels and goes out to find a better life, befriending a warthog along the way. Has similarities to the modern Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
- The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar (2015): The Pilot Movie to the franchise's second TV series (see below).
- The Lion King (2019): The highest-grossing animated film of all time. A photorealistic reimagining of the first film directed by Jon Favreau, following Disney's trend of live-action remakes of their animated films.
- Black Is King (2020): A visual album film released on Disney+ and primarily made by Beyoncé (who voiced Nala in the remake) and based on the tie-in album she curated for the remake, The Lion King: The Gift, made up of several segments forming into a narrative that parallels the plot of the original film.
- An untitled sequel/prequel to the 2019 film, directed by Barry Jenkins.
- The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa (1995—1999): The first spinoff, set between the first and second films, focusing on that meerkat and warthog duo mentioned above as they have adventures in the jungle they call home and elsewhere. Very different from the first film.
- The Lion Guard (2015—2019): Made for young audiences, this series is an interquel set within the timeline of the second film. The king's son leads a diverse group of animals in defending the Pride Lands.
- The Lion King: Six New Adventures (1994): A series of short picture books set sometime after the original film. The king's son (not the same one as The Lion Guard above) is told about events that happened in the past. This series is considered semi-canon.
- The Lion King (1997): The Spectacle-loaded Screen-to-Stage Adaptation of the original film, the third-longest running show on Broadway, and the highest-grossing Broadway production of all time.
Theme park attractions
- The Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management) (1998—2011): Zazu the hornbill made an appearance in this Walt Disney World update to the classic attraction as one of the hosts of the show, alongside Aladdin's Iago.
- The Lion King (1994): A Platform Game for Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo among others that loosely follows the plot of the original film. Good, but difficult.
- Disney's Animated Storybook: The Lion King (1994): A point-and-click edutainment game for Windows and Macintosh computers serving as the first entry in that series. Basically, an interactive abridged retelling of the original film.
- The Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventure (2000): A Platform Game for Game Boy Color and PlayStation that follows the plots of the first two films.
- Kingdom Hearts (2002—present): The video game series developed by Disney and Square Enix features characters and settings from the franchise.
- Kingdom Hearts (2002), Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories (2004), and Kingdom Hearts III (2019): Simba is featured as an ally the player can summon to aid them in battle.
- Kingdom Hearts II (2005) adapts the plot of the latter parts of the original film with the series' original characters taking part in the action.
- Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory (2020) features two stages based on the film's world from II with Simba as a guest party member, as well as an unlockable stage set to "Circle of Life".
- Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure (2003): Simba, Timon & Pumbaa, Rafiki and Nala appear as playable skaters, with Pride Rock, the Elephant Graveyard and Scar's Canyon being available as skatable levels.
- Disney Friends (2007): Simba appears as an interactive friend, with Timon and Pumbaa appearing in adventures.