Directors: Darrell Rooney, Rob LaDuca
Stars: Matthew Broderick, Neve Campbell, Andy Dick, Robert Guillaume, James Earl Jones, Nathan Lane, Suzanne Pleshette
Experience the power of "Upendi" - which means "love" - as Kiara, Simba's strong-willed daughter, seeks adventure away from her father's watchful gaze. Timon and Pumbaa can do only so much to protect her, especially when she encounters an intriguing rival, Kovu, a cub who is being groomed to lead Scar's pride. As Kiara and Kovu search for their proper places in the great "Circle of Life," they discover that it may be their destiny to reunite their prides and bring peace to the Pride Lands.
I was so surprised when this movie came out. They made a sequel to a hit Disney cartoon, but this was the time period when Disney started making sequels to their classic movies. These movies were just made for money, not for being a good sequel to a great movie. The quality was not as high for this movie.
The story was close to the first movie with the change of Simba has a daughter, Kiara, who is in line to help run the pack. She befriends Kovu that lives in the badlands. There are some similarities in the two movies. It was still good.
The only real problem that I saw in the movie were the songs. There were just too many. The songs were not even that good at all. I know all of the songs for the first movie were written by Elton John. That is a lot to live up to for a movie. These songs were just too much of a miss for me.
The voice over work had a great cast with some of the actors from the first movie coming back for this movie. There is some impressive work in this movie. There were no complaints at all with that.
I liked this movie, but it just was not as good as the first one. I know it normally never is, but you just look for those few times that it happens. This movie is worth watching. Enjoy.
The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride (1998)