‘The Lion King’ Celebrates 30 Years of Connecting Generations in the Circle of Life

For the last 30 years, one story has brought millions together in the great circle of life.

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ The Lion King celebrated its 30th anniversary on Monday with a new brand spot that showcased the 1994 film’s impact across cinema, Broadway, and beyond.

As one of Disney’s most beloved and popular franchises, The Lion King has gone on to represent everything the company has to offer and how Disney’s storytelling can span generations.

The original film was not only a box office smash bringing in $976 million at the worldwide box office, but it also spawned a Broadway show that has enchanted audiences for the last 25 years, iconic music from Elton John and Tim Rice, and a live-action remake in 2019 that made $1.6 billion worldwide.

The classic film will be coming back to theaters on July 12 before audiences return to the Pride Lands once more for Mufasa: The Lion King — a new film from Oscar-winning filmmaker, Barry Jenkins, which tells the origin story of the king himself, Mufasa.

Mufasa: The Lion King debuts in theaters on December 20.