17 Facts About Lion King You Never Knew 

17 Facts About Lion King You Never Knew 
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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.

1) Pumbaa was the first character to fart in a Disney movie.

1) Pumbaa was the first character to fart in a Disney movie.

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.

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2) Earlier, the movie was about to feature fight between lions and baboons.

2) Earlier, the movie was about to feature fight between lions and baboons.
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Scar was allotted the role of baboons' leader, and Rafiki was going to be a cheetah.

3) Earlier, the movie was titled as 'King of the Jungle.'

3) Earlier, the movie was titled as ‘King of the Jungle.’
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Later, the Disney team realized that lions reside in the caves, not in the jungle. The movie was then renamed as 'Lion King.'

4) The original climax was quite sad and disappointing.

4) The original climax was quite sad and disappointing.
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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.

5) 'Can you Feel the Love Tonight' was supposed to be a comic number.

5) ‘Can you Feel the Love Tonight’ was supposed to be a comic number.
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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.

6) Disney took 3 years to animate this wildebeest stampede.

6) Disney took 3 years to animate this wildebeest stampede.
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A new programming method was used to show hundreds of animals running without colliding with each other.

7) Disney management was divided into teams to work on two movies.

7) Disney management was divided into teams to work on two movies.
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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.

8) This is the second movie in which Mufasa and Sarabi worked together.

8) This is the second movie in which Mufasa and Sarabi worked together.
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James Earl Jones and Madge Sinclair had performed the roles of African King and Queen in 'Coming to America' (1988) movie as well.

9) It was the first Disney movie to be dubbed in Zulu.

9) It was the first Disney movie to be dubbed in Zulu.
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Lion King achieved great success in African nations too.

10) The film's love song was an ultimate hit.

10) The film’s love song was an ultimate hit.
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"Can You Feel the Love Tonight" bagged the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

11) There was another important feature displayed throughout the movie.

11) There was another important feature displayed throughout the movie.
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Scar's claws were shown many a time in the movie.

12) Do you remember the "Be Prepared" parade in the movie?

12) Do you remember the “Be Prepared” parade in the movie?
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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.

13) This is one of the best scenes in the movie.

13) This is one of the best scenes in the movie.
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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.

14) The climax of movie is damn soothing.

14) The climax of movie is damn soothing.
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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?

15) The conversation of Mufasa-Simba had a Mickey Mouse in the background.

15) The conversation of Mufasa-Simba had a Mickey Mouse in the background.
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When Mufasa narrated Simba about the Great Kings of the Past, the stars were seen arranged as a mickey mouse in the sky.

16) This movie was the most successful animated film in history until 2013.

16) This movie was the most successful animated film in history until 2013.
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Frozen was the Disney movie that broke all the records of Lion King by the end of 2013.

17) The story writers intentionally related Mufasa and Scar to make the movie interesting.

17) The story writers intentionally related Mufasa and Scar to make the movie interesting.
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