The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride is a masterpiece

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The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride is a masterpiece.

Directed by Darrell Rooney and released on October 26th, 1998, this G-rated sequel to the hit Disney classic The Lion King brings back well-known voice actors such as James Earl Jones as Mufasa and Robert Guillaume as Rafiki, and brings in some new faces such as Matthew Brodrick as the beloved Simba, and Jason Marsden as newly introduced Kovu. It is currently housed on Disney+ along with the first movie, The Lion King 1 ½, and The Lion Guard.

Adapted from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the story follows Simba and Nala’s daughter, Kiara on her journey through the Circle of Life. Alongside Kiara, another cub named Kovu, who is the adoptive son of the evil Scar, is being raised by Scar’s most loyal follower, Zira, to steal Simba’s throne for himself. The story is filled with drama, tragedy, triumph, and energy.

What I enjoy most about this movie is the music. Just like in the first movie, each number is filled with passion and plays perfectly into the story. As someone who enjoys villains more than heroes, my favorite song from this movie is “My Lullaby,” which is Zira’s song. Zira’s evil is put on full display, similar to how Scar delivered his wicked plans in “Be Prepared.” Along with the music, the storyline is beautiful. I found myself feeling attachment to nearly every character, which made the many twists and turns of the tale very entertaining. 

Although I consider this movie to be amazing, it definitely presents as lower quality than the first film. However, I can forgive that because, following Disney’s track record of sequels to classics, this movie is by far the best of the bunch. More people have heard of this movie than they have of the second Hunchback of Notre Dame film, for example. Along with that, a movie that became an instant classic, such as the original Lion King, is extremely difficult to make a sequel for that comes even close to what made the original film a smash hit. 

This film is absolutely worth watching. For those that loved the original film and its characters, the return of some well-known faces such as Simba and Nala provides a level of nostalgia, as well as some new characters to grow attached to, like Kiara and Kovu. The humor and familiar universe from the first movie are sure to provide an entertaining and fulfilling viewing experience for all who are interested in seeing this movie.