TLK Script in
HTML -- 208K
This script fully cross-indexes much of the Image and Sound Archives, and is in an easy-to-read tabled format. TLK Script in Plain Text -- 112K
This script is the basis for the HTML script above, and is the most complete and textually accurate script for The Lion King that is available. Compiled by Phil "Stokowski" Pollard and edited to its current form by Brian Tiemann. TLK Script in MS Word Format -- 384K
This version is edited into its current format by Brian Tiemann. It is as complete as the other two versions, and contains footnotes. Also:
Hosted at the Internet Movie Script Database is a real gem: a PDF version of the working script for the movie, as used by Disney. This script differs slightly from what you see on the screen due to the reliance on actors' ad-libbing their lines, and it includes stage directions that only the directors would have known about (for instance, I certainly didn't realize that when Zazu pokes his beak out of Scar's mouth to say "Impeccable timing, Your Majesty!", it's supposed to remind the viewer of the mouth-within-a-mouth in Aliens !
A searchable version , in RTF format, has been transcribed by Wojciech Komorowski.
5/13/2012: Early drafts by JT Allen and Ron Bass , dating back to early 1990, are now available thanks to "Jiminy Cricket", who worked at a literary agency at the time.
Yet, still, the elements that constitute the musical don’t end there. The production of the musical is an art form itself. Complicated and often inflammatory, the craft of producing a Broadway show involves knowing the public’s tastes (and usually challenging it), raising capital, battling societal trends — all on the most expensive real estate in the most fractious city in the world. And, finally, there is the dissemination of the musical, which encompasses a vast narrative of communications and the media. Through sheet music, over the radio, in movies, on television, on gramophones, hi-fis, and CDs, through word-of-mouth, through visiting tourists, servicemen, grandmothers and their grandchildren, the world of the Broadway musical has been brought to every corner of this country and, by extension, the world. The musical is as powerful an image-maker of America as Hollywood has been and the shaping and shifting of that image is another cultural marker.
YOU ARE STILL AMONG THE LIVING, AND RICHARD HAS NO REGRET
YOU WILL ONE DAY I’M HERE TO SAY YES ON THIS YOU CAN BET
DEEP IN YOUR HEART YOU LOVE EACH OTHER THIS MUCH I DO KNOW
MY FLEETING WORDS SHALL HAUNT YOU WHEREVER YOU MAY GO!
ROBERT YOU CAN TELL HE NEEDS A HUG AND A NOD FROM YOU
MY SISTER DIED LAST TUESDAY AND TONITE I AM BLUE!
I NEVER GOT TO SAY GOOD BYE ALTHOUGH I LAUGHED UPON THE PHONE
SHE LIVED SOMEWHERE FAR AWAY AND I WAS TOO SICK TO GO ALONE!
SO YOU WERE BOTH LITTLE BOYS ONCE, GIVE YOUR LOVE A CHANCE
IF YOU DO I PROMISE YOU I WILL TRY TO GET UP AND DANCE.