The Lion King (1994) is an animated movie made by Walt Disney. It's about the adventures of the young lion Simba, the heir of his father, Mufasa. Simba's wicked uncle, Scar, plots to usurp Mufasa's throne by luring his father and son into a stampede of wildebeests. But Simba escapes, and only Mufasa is killed. Simba returns as an adult to take back his homeland from Scar with the help of his friends Timon and Pumbaa.
In Round Springfield, Bleeding Gums Murphy appears in the sky to thank Lisa for making more people familiar with his music. Then Mufasa the Lion appears in the sky, in reference to a similar scene in The Lion King where the late Mufasa gives his son advice from the clouds. Mufasa says: "You must avenge my death, Kimba... I mean: Simba!" This is a reference to the accusations that the Disney Studios plagiarized a large part of the look and plot of the 1960s Japanese animated TV series Kimba, The White Lion.
In "Simpson Safari" a sequence of African animals referencing the montage during the song "The Circle of Life" plays.
In "Today, I Am a Clown" During his televised Bar Mitzvah, Krusty thanks the cast from The Lion King Musical as they leave the stage.
In the episode Girls Just Want to Have Sums the Itchy and Scratchy musical "Stab-A-Lot" spoofs the songs and the look of "The Lion King on Broadway." The song The Circle of Knife is a parody of The Circle of Life.
In "Midnight Towboy" Homer is driving at night in search of milk for Maggie. He sees a billboard with the letters "MILK" going down the left edge, but when he gets closer he sees that it really reads "Mr. T is The Lion King", advertising a performance at the Capital City Playhouse.
In "Angry Dad: The Movie" Bart and Homer walk by a poster for an animated film called The Lyin' King, a pun on The Lion King.
In "The Man in the Blue Flannel Pants" The Loin King is a reference to The Lion King.