The African Lion

Last Updated on: January 20th, 2024

The African Lion (1955 Movie)

“The African Lion” is a nature documentary film released by Walt Disney Productions in 1955. It is a part of the “True-Life Adventure” series, which was a collection of documentary films produced by Disney that focused on wildlife and the natural world.

“The African Lion” follows the lives and behaviors of various animals in the African savannah, with a particular focus on lions. The film provides a close and intimate look at the daily struggles and triumphs of these majestic creatures as they hunt for food, protect their territory, and raise their young.

The documentary showcases the stunning landscapes of the African plains, capturing the beauty and diversity of the wildlife living in the region. The film’s narration provides informative and educational insights into the behaviors and survival techniques of the animals, making it not only entertaining but also a valuable learning experience.

“The African Lion” was well-received by audiences and critics and won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. It was praised for its breathtaking cinematography, engaging storytelling, and informative narration.

The success of “The African Lion” contributed to the popularity of Disney’s “True-Life Adventure” series, which continued with numerous other documentaries exploring different aspects of the natural world. These films became an important part of Disney’s legacy and contributed to the company’s reputation for producing high-quality family-friendly entertainment.

Today, “The African Lion” remains a classic in the nature documentary genre and is appreciated for its authentic portrayal of wildlife and its commitment to promoting environmental awareness. It continues to be a favorite among nature enthusiasts and Disney fans alike, showcasing the beauty and wonder of the animal kingdom and the importance of conservation efforts to protect these magnificent creatures and their habitats.

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  • Type of Movie: Documentary
  • Box Office: $2.1 million
  • Awards: NA
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  • Narrator: Winston Hibler


  • Director: James Algar
  • Producer: Ben Sharpsteen
  • Music: Paul J. Smith

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