Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable

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This article is about the edutainment film shown at Epcot. For the song, see Circle of Life.
Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable
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Epcot
Area The Land pavilion
Coordinates 28°22′27.76″N 81°33′7.94″W / 28.3743778°N 81.5522056°W / 28.3743778; -81.5522056Coordinates: 28°22′27.76″N 81°33′7.94″W / 28.3743778°N 81.5522056°W / 28.3743778; -81.5522056
Status Operating
Opening date January 21, 1995
General statistics
Attraction type Theater
Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Audience capacity 428 per show
Duration 12:22
Sponsor Nestlé (1995-2009)
Handicapped/disabled access Wheelchair accessible
Assistive listening icon.svg Assistive listening available

Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable is a 70 mm film shown in the Harvest Theater in The Land pavilion at Epcot in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. It opened on January 21, 1995 replacing Symbiosis. Compared to its predecessor, Circle of Life is more an edutainment attraction and more kid-friendly.

In the film Timon and Pumbaa from The Lion King are chopping down trees and clogging up rivers to build the Hakuna Matata Lakeside Village. Simba comes to them and explains how their actions are harmful to nature. This lesson is explained with live-action footage, some left over from Symbiosis.

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The film opens with Mufasa's voice saying that each and every one of us is connected in the great circle of life. After that comes a montage of animals and some clips left over from the previous attraction, Symbiosis, to the song Circle of Life. The main story focuses on Simba. Simba, now king of the Pride Lands sees Timon and Pumbaa clogging up rivers to build a non-ecological resort called Hakuna Matata Lakeside Village. Simba shows them that other creatures nearby need water as well, but Timon and Pumbaa see their plan as compensation. Simba decides to show them how another creature (man) is similarly forgetting how each and every one of us is connected in the great circle of life. He explains to them that at first, their amounts were small, so they only took what they needed to survive, which at that time wasn't much. However, as human population increased, necessities for living space, power, and food in turn increased. Timon and Pumbaa are initially excited by man's developments, but Simba shows them the price that came with the humans' necessities. He explains that humans have also caused harm to the environment with their excessive needs through activity such as deforestation, endangerment of species, and pollution. He says that once humans realized what they were destroying, they began to repair the damages through recycling, alternative energy sources, and conservation programs. He explains that humans have also helped other creatures in nature by studying them to learn their needs. Touched, Timon and Pumbaa decide to help the humans give back to nature, but Simba shows them that they already can at home. Timon and Pumbaa unclog the rivers, thus giving the water back to the other creatures on the savannah. The film ends with a shorter montage to the end of the title song.

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