Production company: Disneytoon Studios
Voice talents: Matthew Broderick, Neve Campbell, Jason Marsden, Suzanne Pleshette, Andy Dick, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella
Peace has been restored to the Pridelands and Simba (Broderick) the lion has taken his place as the rightful King of Pride Rock. And now Simba must work to raise his young daughter Kiara (Campbell) the way his father raised him, after all she will be Queen one day! But when Kiara meets and falls in love with Kovu (Marsden), an outcast lion who's outcast mother Zira (Pleshette) wants to avenge Scar and take over rule of Pride Rock. Does Simba turn his back on Kovu and forbid Kiara from seeing him because of this feud from so long ago? Or is the time for acceptance and forgiveness upon the Pridelands?
After watching The Lion King, my immediate first thought was that I HAD to see The Lion King 2! I remembered being obsessed with this movie, I remember getting chills while watching the trailer....and I also vaguely remember - with some embarrassment - that I totally had a crush on Kovu the Lion. But after so many years, and after my slight disappointment with other Disney sequels I haven't seen for years - looking at you Pocahontas II... - could The Lion King 2 hold up? Was there a chance? Absolutely!!
Seriously though, James Marsden is one hot lion. Don't judge.
I absolutely adored that Simba's Pride kept so many of our favorite characters around for this movie while also introducing a slew of new ones, including a heart-wrenching new romance! I swoon! Move over Simba and Nala, Kiara and Kovu are the new hot couple o the block! With a host of new songs as well, this movie had a very similar feel to the first movie, but with one glaring difference. Simba's Pride is DARK! There's death, corruption, loads of violence, and some moments with seriously sinister undertones! How did I not get nightmares?! And the darkness in this movie isn't even a major issue, it adds to the depth of the story. And while there are many more reasons for children to have nightmares in this movie, I still loved it and would highly recommend it! Simba's Pride was excellent!
Look at how cute the new babies are! Ugh! I love them!
The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride gets a 5 OF 5 must own for fans of The Lion King and those who love animated Disney movies with a bit of a darker twist to them. But just as we've experience with THE LION KING 1 1/2, we get new music and adorable new characters intermingling with our old favorites...this is an excellent franchise and I recommend owning all 3 movies!
Prepare for more musical excellence..also,
this song makes me want to cry every time...