History Trivia / TheLionKing

22nd Jun '17 1:32:56 PM creader
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13th Jun '17 9:44:49 AM Pichu-kun
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* CashCowFranchise: The most successful traditionally animated film of all time; spawned a hit Broadway show, which runs to this day, a DirectToVideo sequel (and one midquel), an ''two'' [[WesternAnimation/TimonAndPumbaa reasonably]] [[WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard successful]] TV series. Did we also mention that those series debuted ''twenty years apart''?

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* CashCowFranchise: The most successful traditionally animated film of all time; spawned a hit [[Theatre/TheLionKin Broadway show, show]], which runs to this day, a DirectToVideo sequel [[Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride sequel]] (and one midquel), an ''two'' [[WesternAnimation/TimonAndPumbaa reasonably]] [[WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard successful]] TV series. Did we also mention that those series debuted ''twenty years apart''?



* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Shenzi was originally supposed to be voiced by [[Creator/CheechAndChong Tommy Chong]], and would have reunited Chong with his former comedy partner, Cheech Marin. However, the two were not on speaking terms at the time, and the character was changed into a female due to hyenas being matriarchal, with Creator/WhoopiGoldberg performing the voice. Cheech and Chong have since reunited and Chong made his way into [[Disney/{{Zootopia}} another Disney production]].
** In 1990, Nala had a younger brother named [[http://images.wikia.com/lionking/images/1/15/HDMheetu.png Mheetu]], there was a fox character [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110331011952/lionking/images/thumb/0/06/Bhati.png/390px-Bhati.png named Bhati]], there was supposed to be a second meekrat character [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110516024832/lionking/images/1/14/Tesma02.jpg early in the film]] named Tesma, and Simba's early cub designs looked [[http://images.wikia.com/lionking/images/d/db/Simba-Concept-Art-the-lion-king-8889877-500-397.jpg different]].
** Scar was unrelated to Mufasa at first, but the writers decided his takeover would have more impact if he was family instead of a rogue.
** Some characters' names were changed at different stages of production. Pumbaa was originally named "Harold" and Nala was "Nadra". Nala's father was supposed to be a character.
** Mufasa's stint as Rafiki's SpiritAdvisor was originally planned to be much more obvious, with the former Lion King's ghost actively speaking to the shaman. Wisely realizing this might come across as unintentionally hilarious, or at least a breaking of the WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief, the directors decided to instead have all interactions between Rafiki and Mufasa symbolized by the blowing of the wind. This fact is later emphasized when the wind blows around Simba, just before he listens to Kiara and accepts the Outlanders back, and explains why he looks so happy and on the verge of tears at the end, even before he hears Mufasa say [[SoProudOfYou "Well done, my son."]]
** The screenwriters originally envisioned Creator/SeanConnery as Mufasa. Creator/TimothyDalton and Creator/LiamNeeson were also considered.
** Creator/JamesCaan, Creator/TimCurry, Robert Duvall, Creator/RayLiotta 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 Creator/RikMayall and Adrian Edmondson. This was suggested by 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.
** 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.
** The film was originally DarkerAndEdgier. It was to be themed around a war between two prides of lions. Scar (a rogue at the time) was the leader of the "Mbala" pride, with Mufasa leading the "Ndona" pride. There was also a group of hyenas, led by Banagi (who later became Shenzi), who would have served as secondary antagonists. Kwashi was a baboon similar to Rafiki, though not as wacky. Noticeably it was much more violent and [[BrotherSisterIncest incest filled]] than the final product (a similar concept to this, albeit LighterAndSofter, was in the first DirectToVideo movie).
** In one concept for the beginning of 'Be Prepared', we could have seen Scar initially meeting the leader of the Hyenas alone, which would have shown him charming her. It was cut for reasons of 'ew' and of course, there were more awesome ways to show he was evil than molesting Whoopi Goldberg.
** Disney has [[https://disneysecondscreen.go.com/TheLionKing/thelionking_app.html an official app]] about the movies development.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Shenzi was originally supposed to be voiced by [[Creator/CheechAndChong Tommy Chong]], and would have reunited Chong with his former comedy partner, Cheech Marin. However, the two were not on speaking terms at the time, and the character was changed into a female due to hyenas being matriarchal, with Creator/WhoopiGoldberg performing the voice. Cheech and Chong have since reunited and Chong made his way into [[Disney/{{Zootopia}} another Disney production]].
** In 1990, Nala had a younger brother named [[http://images.wikia.com/lionking/images/1/15/HDMheetu.png Mheetu]], there was a fox character [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110331011952/lionking/images/thumb/0/06/Bhati.png/390px-Bhati.png named Bhati]], there was supposed to be a second meekrat character [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110516024832/lionking/images/1/14/Tesma02.jpg early in the film]] named Tesma, and Simba's early cub designs looked [[http://images.wikia.com/lionking/images/d/db/Simba-Concept-Art-the-lion-king-8889877-500-397.jpg different]].
** Scar was unrelated to Mufasa at first, but the writers decided his takeover would have more impact if he was family instead of a rogue.
** Some characters' names were changed at different stages of production. Pumbaa was originally named "Harold" and Nala was "Nadra". Nala's father was supposed to be a character.
** Mufasa's stint as Rafiki's SpiritAdvisor was originally planned to be much more obvious, with the former Lion King's ghost actively speaking to the shaman. Wisely realizing this might come across as unintentionally hilarious, or at least a breaking of the WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief, the directors decided to instead have all interactions between Rafiki and Mufasa symbolized by the blowing of the wind. This fact is later emphasized when the wind blows around Simba, just before he listens to Kiara and accepts the Outlanders back, and explains why he looks so happy and on the verge of tears at the end, even before he hears Mufasa say [[SoProudOfYou "Well done, my son."]]
** The screenwriters originally envisioned Creator/SeanConnery as Mufasa. Creator/TimothyDalton and Creator/LiamNeeson were also considered.
** Creator/JamesCaan, Creator/TimCurry, Robert Duvall, Creator/RayLiotta 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 Creator/RikMayall and Adrian Edmondson. This was suggested by 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.
** 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.
** The film was originally DarkerAndEdgier. It was to be themed around a war between two prides of lions. Scar (a rogue at the time) was the leader of the "Mbala" pride, with Mufasa leading the "Ndona" pride. There was also a group of hyenas, led by Banagi (who later became Shenzi), who would have served as secondary antagonists. Kwashi was a baboon similar to Rafiki, though not as wacky. Noticeably it was much more violent and [[BrotherSisterIncest incest filled]] than the final product (a similar concept to this, albeit LighterAndSofter, was in the first DirectToVideo movie).
** In one concept for the beginning of 'Be Prepared', we could have seen Scar initially meeting the leader of the Hyenas alone, which would have shown him charming her. It was cut for reasons of 'ew' and of course, there were more awesome ways to show he was evil than molesting Whoopi Goldberg.
** Disney has [[https://disneysecondscreen.go.com/TheLionKing/thelionking_app.html an official app]] about the movies development.
WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[WhatCouldHaveBeen/TheLionKing Has its own page]].
6th Jun '17 12:06:45 PM CosmicFerret
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** Creator/JamesCaan, Creator/TimCurry Robert Duvall, Ray Liotta and Creator/MalcolmMcDowell were considered for Scar.

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** Creator/JamesCaan, Creator/TimCurry Creator/TimCurry, Robert Duvall, Ray Liotta Creator/RayLiotta and Creator/MalcolmMcDowell were considered for Scar.
30th May '17 10:08:47 PM nombretomado
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** Shenzi was originally supposed to be voiced by [[Creator/CheechAndChong Tommy Chong]], and would have reunited Chong with his former comedy partner, Cheech Marin. However, the two were not on speaking terms at the time, and the character was changed into a female due to hyenas being matriarchal, with WhoopiGoldberg performing the voice. Cheech and Chong have since reunited and Chong made his way into [[Disney/{{Zootopia}} another Disney production]].

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** Shenzi was originally supposed to be voiced by [[Creator/CheechAndChong Tommy Chong]], and would have reunited Chong with his former comedy partner, Cheech Marin. However, the two were not on speaking terms at the time, and the character was changed into a female due to hyenas being matriarchal, with WhoopiGoldberg Creator/WhoopiGoldberg performing the voice. Cheech and Chong have since reunited and Chong made his way into [[Disney/{{Zootopia}} another Disney production]].
30th May '17 2:24:08 PM jameygamer
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* ScrewedByTheLawyers: A ''Lion King Timon and Pumbaa'' coloring book from 1996 got plagiarized and produced as a ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' predecessor in 2011 in an attempt to defraud Katzenberg's other studio and ''Panda'' copyright holder Creator/DreamWorksAnimation; when they found the original book, it sunk that attempt and got the person behind it [[http://deadline.com/2015/12/kung-fu-panda-indictment-fraud-perjury-dreamworks-animation-1201671213/ charged with fraud]] and [[http://www.cartoonbrew.com/law/fake-kung-fu-panda-creator-convicted-fraud-faces-25-years-prison-145156.html ultimately convicted]]. In addition, Disney could possibly sue the man for [[SerialNumbersFiledOff plagiarizing one of their works directly]], which they've always frowned on (DWA and co-defendant Paramount declined an option to countersue the man as part of a settlement agreement). [[note]] The man who filed the suit and then got charged for it tried to write his original "copyrights" for before ''The Lion King'' had even hit theaters, when Frank Wells was still alive, and when Katzenberg was still very much employed by Disney. [[/note]]

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* ScrewedByTheLawyers: A ''Lion King Timon and Pumbaa'' coloring book from 1996 got plagiarized and produced as a ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' predecessor in 2011 in an attempt to defraud Katzenberg's other studio and ''Panda'' copyright holder Creator/DreamWorksAnimation; when they found the original book, it sunk that attempt and got the person behind it [[http://deadline.com/2015/12/kung-fu-panda-indictment-fraud-perjury-dreamworks-animation-1201671213/ charged with fraud]] and [[http://www.cartoonbrew.com/law/fake-kung-fu-panda-creator-convicted-fraud-faces-25-years-prison-145156.html ultimately convicted]]. In addition, Disney could possibly sue the man for [[SerialNumbersFiledOff plagiarizing one of their works directly]], which they've always frowned on (DWA and co-defendant Paramount declined an option to countersue the man as part of a settlement agreement). agreement, but the final sentencing judgment forced the man, Jayme Gordon, to pay back the millions [=DreamWorks=] Animation had spent in legal bills). [[note]] The man who filed the suit and then got charged for it Gordon tried to write his original "copyrights" for before ''The Lion King'' had even hit theaters, when Frank Wells was still alive, and when Katzenberg was still very much employed by Disney. [[/note]]
27th May '17 8:50:38 AM mimitchi33
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* ReferencedBy: See ReferencedBy.TheLionKing.

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* ReferencedBy: [[ReferencedBy.TheLionKing See ReferencedBy.TheLionKing.this page]].
30th Apr '17 6:47:09 AM Tightwire
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** In one concept for the beginning of 'Be Prepared', we could have seen Scar initially meeting the leader of the Hyenas alone, which would have shown him charming her. It was cut for reasons of 'ew' and of course, there were more awesome ways to show he was evil than molesting a hyena.

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** In one concept for the beginning of 'Be Prepared', we could have seen Scar initially meeting the leader of the Hyenas alone, which would have shown him charming her. It was cut for reasons of 'ew' and of course, there were more awesome ways to show he was evil than molesting a hyena.Whoopi Goldberg.
30th Apr '17 6:38:20 AM Tightwire
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** In one concept for the beginning of 'Be Prepared', we could have seen Scar initially meeting the leader of the Hyenas alone, which would have shown him charming her. It was cut for reasons of 'ew' and of course, there were more awesome ways to show he was evil than molesting a hyena.


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** In one concept for the beginning of 'Be Prepared', we could have seen Scar initially meeting the leader of the Hyenas alone, which would have shown him charming her. It was cut for reasons of 'ew' and of course, there were more awesome ways to show he was evil than molesting a hyena.
30th Apr '17 6:35:22 AM Tightwire
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** In one concept for the beginning of 'Be Prepared', we could have seen Scar initially meeting the leader of the Hyenas alone, which would have shown him charming her. It was cut for reasons of 'ew' and of course, there were more awesome ways to show he was evil than molesting a hyena.
21st Apr '17 7:22:00 PM Golondrina
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* TheOtherDarrin: When it was apparent that Jeremy Irons wouldn't be able to hit the high notes near the end of "Be Prepared", JimCummings stepped in to record the last verse. Only trained ears can hear the difference.

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* TheOtherDarrin: When it was apparent that Jeremy Irons wouldn't be able to hit the high notes near the end of "Be Prepared", JimCummings Creator/JimCummings stepped in to record the last verse. Only trained ears can hear the difference.
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