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10 Things You Didn’t Know About: The Lion King

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THE LION KING - Featuring the voices of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala and Donald Glover as Simba, Disney’s “The Lion King” is directed by Jon Favreau. In theaters July 19, 2019. © 2019 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The Lion King is a classic that was recently remade with a remake that made over a billion dollars! Almost everyone knows about The Lion King. But do you know these specific 10 facts about it?

10. Original Title

The Lion King that we all know and love today wasn’t always called The Lion King. One of the original names for this classic was The King of the Jungle. Personally, I like The Lion King so much better.

9. Circle of Life

The “Circle of Life” opening scene was so outstanding to directors that Disney used the whole scene as a trailer. Disney has never used a whole scene for a trailer until The Lion King.

8. Different Animals

In the original scripts for The Lion King, the main characters were actually completely different. Simba was in charge of the vicious pack of baboons, while Scar was a lone lion.

7. Can You Feel The Love Tonight

The original song “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” form the movie was not an easy one to write according to lyricist Tim Rice. Rice said that they went through 15 iterations of the lyrics before coming to the final decision.

6. Disney Gets Sued

A hyena researcher actually sued Disney for The Lion King movie. They were sued for the “defamation of character” for how the animals were portrayed in the movie.

5. Two Year Stampede Scene

According to the press notes, the 2.5 minute stampede scene in The Lion King took animators over two years to complete. They even had to code a computer program from scratch to get the head movements.

4. Cut Characters

Many of the main characters were actually cut from the final production of the movie. One of which includes a tag-along brother for Nala named Mheetu. Simba was originally supposed to save Mheetu from the stampede.

3. Animation Teams

Disney’s animators are broken into many different “teams”. The higher skilled you are as an animator, the better team you are placed in. The “A- Team” is the best possible team. When making The Lion King the “A- Team” felt the movie would become a flop. They worked on Pocahontas instead. The Lion King was left up to the “B-Team”. They did a fantastic job in my eyes.

2. Final Fight

The Lion King featured a very different ending to the movie in which we know today. Originally, Simba lost to Scar and then Scar later would die in a fire. Wow! That’s much different.

1. Hakuna Matata

This very popular and recognizable song wasn’t even originally featured in the movie. In fact, it was a song about eating bugs called “He Got it All Worked Out”

What’s your favorite thing about The Lion King? How many of those facts did you already know about the classic? Did we miss any important unknown facts? Let us know on our Twitter!

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