This article is about the musical. October 15, 1997, in previews with the official opening on November 13, 1997. October 19, the art of the lion king pdf, and is still running.
Mufasa shows Simba the Pride Lands from the top of Pride Rock and explains that everything exists in a delicate balance known as the Circle of Life. Mufasa warns Simba not to stray beyond the boundaries of the Pride Lands, pointing out a shadowy area in the distance. Simba goes to see his Uncle Scar. The scheming lion piques the cub’s curiosity by mentioning the elephant graveyard, where Simba is forbidden to go. Sarabi allow the cubs to go, escorted by Zazu. The cubs go to the graveyard and begin to explore.
Mufasa rescues the cubs and frightens off the hyenas. Mufasa is disappointed and angry at Simba’s reckless disobedience, and explains the difference between bravery and bravado. Mufasa says that he will always be there for his son. Later he discusses Simba’s behavior with Zazu, who reminds Mufasa that he had the same tendency to get into trouble at Simba’s age. Back at the elephant graveyard, Scar tells the hyenas of his plan to kill Mufasa and Simba so that he can become king. Scar takes Simba to a gorge and tells him to wait there. Scar tells Mufasa that Simba is trapped in the gorge.
Mufasa leaps into the stampede and manages to save his son, but as he tries to escape, Scar throws him off the cliff back into the stampede, killing him. Scar convinces Simba that his father’s death was his fault and tells him to run away, but as he leaves, Scar orders the hyenas to kill him. Simba escapes but the hyenas tell Scar that he is dead. Rafiki returns to her tree and smears the drawing of Simba, while Sarabi and Nala quietly grieve. Simba grows to adulthood in the jungle. As the song ends, however, the beautiful birds are replaced by vultures and gazelle skeletons. Under Scar’s rule, the Circle of Life is out of balance and a drought has hit the Pride Lands.
Zazu, now a prisoner of Scar, listens to the king’s woes. The hyenas are complaining about the lack of food, but Scar is only concerned with himself and why he is not loved. Nala arrives to confront Scar about the famine and Scar decides she will be his queen and give him cubs. Nala fiercely rebukes him and resolves to leave the Pride Lands to find help. Back in the jungle, Timon and Pumbaa want to sleep, but the restless Simba is unable to settle.
Annoyed, Simba leaves them, but Timon and Pumbaa lose their courage and follow him. Simba leaps across a fast-moving river and challenges Timon to do the same. Timon falls in and is swept downstream. He grabs a branch over a waterfall and calls for Simba’s help, but Simba is paralyzed by a flashback of Mufasa’s death. Timon falls from the branch and Simba snaps out of the flashback, rescuing his friend.
Simba is ashamed that Timon nearly died because of his recklessness. The three friends settle to sleep and discuss the stars. Simba recalls Mufasa’s words, but his friends laugh at the notion of dead kings watching them. Rafiki hears the song on the wind, joyfully realizes that Simba is alive, and draws a mane onto her painting of Simba.