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Disney’s children’s classic, The Lion King, has given a victorious roar as New Zealand’s top family film.

New Zealanders picked The Lion King as the No 1 family film of the last 20 years, according to canned fruit and vegetables company Watties.

The business released the results of an online poll a week ahead of its 20th Cans Film Festival in which cinemagoers pay for cinema tickets with canned food which is then donated to the Salvation Army’s food banks.

The Lion King received more than half of the votes in the poll.

Finding Nemo and Dr Seuss’ The Lorax, came second and third.

Festival co-ordinator Glenys Henry said: “Many of these great family films have been shown at The Wattie’s Cans Film Festival since it began in 1994 and we look forward to once again offering Kiwis the opportunity to see a blockbuster film, for just the price of a can of food.”

This year’s festival is on Wednesday next week. For every can donated, Wattie’s will match it with one of their own to ensure Kiwis get the help they require this Christmas.

The Salvation Army distributed more than 17,000 food parcels to needy families last December alone.

Tickets for this year’s festival go on sale tomorrow at participating cinemas nationwide.

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