Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable (film) Film shown in the Harvest Theater in The Land at Epcot, taking the place of Symbiosis. It opened on January 21, 1995. Directed by Bruce Morrow and Paul Justman. The combination live and animated fable has Simba, as king of the Pridelands, counselling Timon and Pumbaa, who are clearing the savanna for a new development, about how to respect the environment. 13 min. It closed February 3, 2018 to be replaced by a new environmental film: Awesome Planet.