History Trivia / TheLionKing

18th Feb '17 9:20:16 PM billybobfred
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* ExecutiveMeddling: A positive and amusing example: Mufasa's infamous death scene was originally several seconds shorter than it appeared in the final film. At one pencil test review, Jeffrey Katzenberg turned to the animators, pointed to his dry eye and announced "I'm not cryin'!" The result was a longer scene that touched every single emotional nerve in an effort to become as sad as possible.

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A positive and amusing example: Mufasa's infamous death scene was originally several seconds shorter than it appeared in the final film. At one pencil test review, Jeffrey Katzenberg turned to the animators, pointed to his dry eye and announced "I'm not cryin'!" The result was a longer scene that touched every single emotional nerve in an effort to become as sad as possible.possible.
** A more traditional example with the LicensedGame: The infamously difficult second level was made ''more'' difficult in the last moments of development, due to a mandate that it be difficult enough to keep renters from finishing it before the return date, [[RevenueEnhancingDevices thereby encouraging them to buy it]].
18th Feb '17 5:20:38 PM creader
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* EndOfAnEra: In a number of ways.
** It was the last Disney feature to be produced by the power duo of Jeff Katzenberg and Michael Eisner, who's power struggle for control of the company led to their seething hatred of one another and had finally gotten out of control when their mediator Frank Wells died in a helicopter crash. Katzenberg, who had felt as though his contributions to the films he produced were being taken for granted, left Disney following his lobbying for CEO to found Creator/DreamWorksAnimation.
** This was one of the last, if not ''the'' last, hugely successful hand-drawn animated films. The following year saw the release of the first fully computer-animated feature, ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', which blew the DisneyAnimatedCanon's own ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' out of the water (it didn't help that ''Pocahontas'' is the sole critical dud of the Renaissance, getting mixed reviews and a "Rotten" rating). The fact that it began Disney's string of [[ItsTheSameSoItSucks notoriously]] [[StrictlyFormula formulaic]] "be yourself" mega-musicals, which paled compared to flashy new [=CGI=] films, ended up souring the medium's reputation at the TurnOfTheMillennium, eventually leading to all Hollywood studios abandoning hand-drawn animation outright by the middle of the decade.
18th Feb '17 5:19:18 PM creader
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** HakunaMatata



* RetroactiveRecognition:
** In the Japanese dub, Creator/MitsuruMiyamoto as adult Simba, before hitting big as [[Anime/TheBigO Roger Smith]]. Oddly enough in the Japanese version of the musical, young Simba is played by no one else than Creator/KenshoOno when he was a kid, before hitting big as both [[Manga/KurokoNoBasuke Tetsuya Kuroko]] and Film/HarryPotter in Japanese.
** In the Mexican Spanish dub, young Nala is voiced by Karla Falcón, before her StarMakingRole of [[WesternAnimation/HiHiPuffyAmiYumi Yumi]] and [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Ino Yamanaka]].
18th Feb '17 5:18:09 PM creader
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11th Feb '17 3:41:35 AM JustaUsername
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* PopularWithFurries: The franchise is one of Disney's biggest fandoms and has a huge following amongst furries. It's gotten to the point where it's often assumed that every lion OC is a ''Lion King'' fan-character.
10th Feb '17 6:31:49 PM Pichu-kun
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* PlayingAgainstType: In the Mexican Spanish dub, Banzai is voiced by Creator/JesusBarrero, who, at the time when the movie was released, his most famous role was ''[[Manga/SaintSeiya Pegasus Seiya!]]''

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In the Mexican Spanish dub, Banzai is voiced by Creator/JesusBarrero, who, at the time when the movie was released, his most famous role was ''[[Manga/SaintSeiya Pegasus Seiya!]]''


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* PopularWithFurries: The franchise is one of Disney's biggest fandoms and has a huge following amongst furries. It's gotten to the point where it's often assumed that every lion OC is a ''Lion King'' fan-character.
28th Jan '17 10:52:42 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** Timon and Pumbaa were nearly voiced by Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. This was suggested by Tim Rice, who wrote Hakuna Matata after watching ''Series/{{Bottom}}''. The characters would have also been a lot more jerkish towards each other (basically Richie and Eddie as a meerkat and a warthog). However, Katzenberg thought this characterization was too unlikeable.

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** The screenwriters originally envisioned Creator/SeanConnery as Mufasa. Creator/TimothyDalton and Creator/LiamNeeson were also considered.
** Creator/JamesCaan, Creator/TimCurry Robert Duvall, Ray Liotta and Creator/MalcolmMcDowell were considered for Scar.
** Creator/VirginiaMcKenna, Creator/HelenMirren and Creator/VanessaRedgrave were considered for Sarabi.
** Timon and Pumbaa were nearly voiced by Rik Mayall Creator/RikMayall and Adrian Edmondson. This was suggested by Tim Rice, Music/TimRice, who wrote Hakuna Matata after watching ''Series/{{Bottom}}''. The characters would have also been a lot more jerkish towards each other (basically Richie and Eddie as a meerkat and a warthog). However, Katzenberg thought this characterization was too unlikeable.unlikeable.
** Creator/JoePesci was offered to do the voice of Banzai or Timon, but turned both of the roles down due to schedule conflicts.
** A great many British comedy actors were considered for Zazu - Creator/JohnCleese[[note]]He chose ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'' instead [[/note]], Creator/TerryGilliam, Creator/EricIdle, Creator/TerryJones, Creator/MichaelPalin, Creator/PatrickStewart, Simon Callow, Chris Barrie, [[Series/TheGoodies Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie]], Creator/DavidJason, Creator/PeterCook, Creator/DudleyMoore, Creator/SpikeMilligan, [[Series/TheTwoRonnies Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett]] and Vic Reeves.
** Richard Curtis and Creator/BenElton were approached to write the film, but both turned it down as they were busy with projects of their own.



* WorkingTitle: Before it was released, the film was originally called "King of the Jungle." This was scrapped when someone pointed out that, well, ''lions don't live in the jungle''.

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* WorkingTitle: Before it was released, the film was originally called "King ''King of the Jungle." Jungle''. This was scrapped when someone pointed out that, well, ''lions don't live in the jungle''.
14th Jan '17 12:37:34 PM N8han11
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* WordOfSaintPaul: Timon and Pumbaa's [=VAs=] consider them to be a gay couple. (helps that one is openly homosexual)

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* WordOfSaintPaul: Timon and Pumbaa's [=VAs=] consider them to be a gay couple. (helps that one is openly homosexual)
10th Jan '17 2:07:26 PM babyhenchy1
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* SleeperHit: As mentioned under MagnumOpusDissonance, Disney executives considered ''The Lion King'' to be nothing more than a filler on the way to the real hit, ''Pocahontas''. Instead, ''Pocahontas'' underperformed commercially (relative to expectations) and critically. ''The Lion King'' went on to be the highest grossing traditionally animated film ever, which it still holds today, and is still widely regarded as one of the greatest animated films of all time.
10th Jan '17 7:51:14 AM dsneybuf
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* CutSong: There are quite a few. A song for Mufasa to sing called "To Be King", a song for Sarabi titled "The Lion In The Moon", a reprise of "Be Prepared" and "Warthog Rhapsody", which was the original Hakuna Matata and was reworked for the midquel. Additionally, a "work in progress" trailer that was attached to the beginning of Disney's ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'' WaltDisneyHomeVideo/WaltDisneyClassics video had a snippet of a different version of "Can You Feel The Love Tonight". KeepCirculatingTheTapes Indeed.

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* CutSong: There are quite a few. A song for Mufasa to sing called "To Be King", a song for Sarabi titled "The Lion In The Moon", a reprise of "Be Prepared" and "Warthog Rhapsody", which was the original Hakuna Matata and was reworked for the midquel. Additionally, a "work in progress" trailer that was attached to the beginning of Disney's ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'' WaltDisneyHomeVideo/WaltDisneyClassics Walt Disney Classics video had a snippet of a different version of "Can You Feel The Love Tonight". Tonight", which the ''Lion King'' Deluxe Laserdisc included in its entirety. Unfortunately, only a few of these songs made it onto the extra features of the Platinum Edition DVD and the Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. KeepCirculatingTheTapes Indeed.indeed.
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