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Jungle Emperor Leo (1997)

Janguru taitei (original title)
The story of Leo, the lion emperor and his family, and their struggles to protect the jungle from intruders bent on recklessly mining the a precious stone.

Director:

Yoshio Takeuchi

Writers:

Osamu Tezuka (story), Yoshio Takeuchi (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Masane Tsukayama ... Leo (voice)
Chieko Baishô Chieko Baishô ... Lyre (voice)
Tomoko Ishimura Tomoko Ishimura ... Rune (voice) (as Mifuyu Hiiragi)
Hekiru Shiina Hekiru Shiina ... Rukkio (voice)
Kaneta Kimotsuki Kaneta Kimotsuki ... Coco (voice)
Naoki Tatsuta ... Tommy (voice)
Masatô Ibu Masatô Ibu ... Pagura (voice)
Ranran Suzuki Ranran Suzuki ... Bizo (voice)
Kei Tani Kei Tani ... Burazza (voice)
Chafûrin Chafûrin ... Jack (voice) (as Chafuhrin)
Dan Green ... Leo (voice)
Michelle Newman Michelle Newman ... Bizo (voice)
Veronica Taylor ... Lyre (voice)
Marc Thompson Marc Thompson ... Brother (voice)
Tara Sands ... Lune (voice) (as Tara Jayne)
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The story of Leo, the lion emperor and his family, and their struggles to protect the jungle from intruders bent on recklessly mining the a precious stone.

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Tezuka's masterpiece has been reborn in this new theatrical feature. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Release Date:

1 August 1997 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Tezuka Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo (Dolby Stereo)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Production on this film began in 1989, the same time that Disney began work on The Lion King (1994). When this film was released 3 years later, Disney sent the film studio a cease and desist letter, claiming that this film infringed on their copyright, even though this film is actually based on Kimba the White Lion (1965), which preceded Disney's film by several decades. See more »

Quotes

Leo: Earth Mother!
Mother: Leo, it's been so long.
Leo: Earth Mother, is there a problem on the mountain?
Mother: I'm afraid so. There's less and less food growing on Mount Moon these days. There's very little left to eat. I came to take some food back. It warms my heart to see all of you doing so well. I know it's hard work protecting the jungle all by yourself, but you need to believe in yourself to lead them. Their all in your care, Leo.
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Connections

Spun-off from Kimba the White Lion (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Wind Song
Lyrics by Yûji Sakamoto
Composed & Arranged by Daisuke Hinata
Vocals by Takako Matsu
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This was a great finish of the 1966 Kimba TV show!
1 April 2006 | by pdp-8See all my reviews

If you liked the 1966 "Kimba the White Lion" you will LOVE this movie. VERY WELL DONE, not another cheap knockoff!!! The animation work is even better than the original.

When you see this movie, you will wonder what the TV series would have been like with a big budget! Based loosely on some of the 1966 story lines and some new ones.

You do miss the voices of 1966 crew but this crew did a very good job. Again, the voice over work in this movie is much better than any of the KIMBA KNOCK OFFS that have turned up through the years.

If you have not seen the ORIGINAL 1966 KIMBA THE WHITE LION TV series, this would be a good movie to introduce you to the main characters. The names have changed but the personalities remain much the same, and as with the original the hero doesn't always win!


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