Leo the Lion is an 2013 Italian computer-animated movie, despite the fact that it was released in 2004. The film follows Leo, a vegetarian lion, on his quest to find himself. It was actually picked up by Netflix around 2013, even that year is still intact when one were to check the movie's year on said site.


Leo's mother dies by falling over a waterfall on the day he goes for his first hunt. After that traumatic experience, he develops a fear for water and becomes a vegetarian. Being bullied by the other lions, he leaves them and starts living in a tree. One day he meets a female elephant, Savannah and helps her deliver her twin baby elephants. It is later mentioned that her husband, Eli Phant, was killed by humans. However, it is revealed that he was actually murdered by Maximus Elefante. After the delivery, the little cubs consider him to be their father and follow him constantly. When Leo decides to find the "Heart of the Jungle", a place Leo's mother once told him about before she died, he is accompanied by the elephants and Uncle Lope, a gazelle. They meet many other young animals on their quest, such as a young zebra. After having lots of adventures, they eventually find the Heart of the Jungle, which is also the home of a female chameleon. The latter allows to two orphans, a leopard and a monkey, to stay in her place. On the way back, Maximus, who was following the company, finds the two baby elephants, kidnaps them and later claims he saved them from Leo, the "evil" lion. Maximus then tries to marry Savannah, but Leo turns up at the last moment and stops the wedding. Suddenly, a helicopter appears, shoots Maximus and kills him. The movie finishes by showing Leo talking to his children, two elephant/lion hybrids.

Why It Sucks

  1. Terrible animation.
  2. Creepy-looking character designs like the elephant/lion hybrid cubs seen at the end of the movie. The designs of the backgrounds are also very dull.
  3. Maximus Elefante kills Eli Phant for no apparent reason besides marrying his wife, which is flat out evil and very disturbing.
  4. The movie tries to add in some slow-motion, but it makes it look like each scene is being stretched out for no apparent reason.
  5. Plot holes everywhere.
  6. Awful songs and repetitive background music that just loops until the scene ends.
  7. There are two monkeys who make an introduction to Leo and then appear briefly in random scenes, serving a filler role.
  8. The chameleon in the "Heart of the Jungle" changes heads while singing, which is just scary.
  9. Rancid morals: The movie tries to tell people that vegetarians are normal while Leo is unhealthily skinny and looks severely underfed. His mane also looks like as if he were anemic.
  10. The movie looks like a blatant rip-off of The Lion King.
  11. The English dub wastes the talent of Matthew Mercer (the voice of McCree from Overwatch), Debi Derryberry (the voice of the title character from Jimmy Neutron) and Cristina Pucelli (the voice of Luan Loud from The Loud House), respectively.
  12. Bad lip-syncing.
  13. Leo the Lion has the same name as the MGM lion which is also named Leo the Lion.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Leo’s mother’s death is kind of sad.
  2. The "I'm a Vegetarian" song is kind of catchy.
  3. Leo’s voice actor really puts emotion into this movie.
  4. One of the monkeys gets his comeuppance when the other one spins him and he hits the screen, causing it to crack.
  5. Leo shows that you should never judge a book by its cover (or a Lion by its teeth).
  6. Excellent voice work by Daniel Amerman, John Cygan, Matthew Mercer, and Micheal Sorich.
  7. In some scenes, the animation is decent enough.