The Lion King is a marvelous and fabulous movie of 1994. This classic jungle story revolves around the Kingdom of Lions in Africa and was influenced by William Shakespeare's Hamlet. This Disney movie has superb music, story and animation.
The film depicts corruption and loyalty in an amazing manner. And it contains a perfect combination of romance, emotions and fun. It is one of the best animated movies so far. Check out these lesser known facts about the Disney Lion King.
The duo of Timon and Pumbaa was liked so much by the audience. They got their own show after the grand success of Lion King.
Scar was allotted the role of baboons' leader, and Rafiki was going to be a cheetah.
Later, the Disney team realized that lions reside in the caves, not in the jungle. The movie was then renamed as 'Lion King.'
Initially, Simba was shown falling from the cliff during the battle with Scar. But Disney realized the need to end the movie on a happy note. Then it was shown that Simba survived the fall.
The song was supposed to feature the friendship between Timon and Pumbaa. But composer Elton John realised the need of a romantic song and it even made it to the Oscar.
A new programming method was used to show hundreds of animals running without colliding with each other.
Team B worked on Lion King while team A worked on Pocahontas (1995). Disney was expecting more from Pocahontas but Lion King turned out to be a huge commercial success on box office.
James Earl Jones and Madge Sinclair had performed the roles of African King and Queen in 'Coming to America' (1988) movie as well.
Lion King achieved great success in African nations too.
"Can You Feel the Love Tonight" bagged the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Scar's claws were shown many a time in the movie.
The Lion King was seen seated at the elevated rock during the parade. This scene was inspired by a clip of Nazis march-past where Adolf Hilter was seen seated on the podium.
I just love this scene of Timon screaming, "What do you want me to do, dress in drag and do the hula?" This scene was improvised by Nathan Lane.
In the ending, Mufasa explained to Simba that the stars are old kings. Have you noticed the constellation of Leo (the lion) in the sky?
When Mufasa narrated Simba about the Great Kings of the Past, the stars were seen arranged as a mickey mouse in the sky.
Frozen was the Disney movie that broke all the records of Lion King by the end of 2013.
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