* ActorAllusion:
** Creator/JamesEarlJones and Madge Sinclair played an African king and queen in ''ComingToAmerica'' as well.
** Zazu is a royal advisor played by Creator/RowanAtkinson. It seems the makers of this film are fans of ''{{Blackadder}}''.
** When Scar says "You have ''no'' idea," in response to Simba telling him he's weird, it's said with the exact same intonation as when Claus von Bülow says it in ''Film/ReversalOfFortune''. Both characters were played by Creator/JeremyIrons.
* AllStarCast: The film that started the trend of hiring [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters a slew]] of name actors for an animated film rather than less well known voiceover specialists. Though it is not [[WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie the first]] to do so, it ''is'' the most successful movie in the Disney animated canon for a ''reason'' and this was a big part of it.
* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail[=/=]ItWillNeverCatchOn: Most of the top animators picked working on ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' instead of ''The Lion King'', as they thought that would become Disney's next critical darling/box office hit.
* CutSong: Plenty. 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.
** Warthog Rhapsody made it into the musical, as did the best known cut song, "Morning Report", a song which was also restored to the later DVD releases. "The Madness of King Scar" in the musical is based off of a cut song/scene in the film.
** A "work in progress" trailer that was attached to the beginning of one of Disney's ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'' video had a snippet of a different version of "Can You Feel The Love Tonight".
* FanNickname: Common within the fandom. For example [[http://www.lionking.org/~vakasi/outsiders.html there's an Outsider]] dubbed "Dotty" by many due to the small dots under her eyes.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Has its own [[HeyItsThatVoice/TheLionKing page]].
* ManualMisprint: One of the lyric sheets for the soundtrack gets "Be Prepared" wrong.
--> You won't get a sniff out of me!
* PlayingAgainstType: In the Mexican Spanish dub, Banzai is voiced by JesusBarrero, who, at the time when the movie was released, his most famous role was ''[[Manga/SaintSeiya Pegasus Seiya!]]''
* ReferencedBy: See ReferencedBy.TheLionKing.
* RefittedForSequel: ''Disney/TheLionKing'' originally had a scene where Timon refused to go help Simba and Pumbaa trying to encourage him. The midquel features this instead, in a scene that relates to Timon's overall "dream home" subplot.
* ThrowItIn: Nathan Lane supposedly ad-libbed some of his dialogue, including the "hula" line.
* TropeNamer:
** HakunaMatata
* TroubledProduction: A director fell out due to conflicts with the creative team. The script needed much fine-tuning. And an earthquake hit California during the final months of production, causing the animators to work at home.
* 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. Chong turned down the part, and the character was changed into a female, with WhoopiGoldberg performing the voice. Cheech and Chong finally did reunite, however, in 2008.
** In 1990, Nala had a younger brother named [[http://images.wikia.com/lionking/images/1/15/HDMheetu.png Mheetu]], there was 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 Meerkat 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 they decided it was more emotional if he was family instead of a rogue. Pumbaa was originally named "Harold" and Nala was "Nadra". Nala's father was supposed to be a character. For the sequel, Kovu was meant to be Scar's son until they realized [[KissingCousins the implications]].
** Kiara was originally named Aisha, but [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Power Rangers]] beat Disney to the punch.
*** She was also later named "Shani" before we got her final name. Shani had a brother named "Chaka", who was scrapped from the final story.
** 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 film was originally DarkerAndEdgier. It was to be themed around a baboon-lion war. During this period Sarabi had a sister named Naanda (who was Nala's mother at the time), Scar (a rogue at the time) was the leaders of the baboons, and Rafiki was a cheetah. There was a hyena named Banagi who was the [[YouFailBiologyForever leader of the Hyenas]] and there was a pride called the "Mbala" pride; the priderlanders were the "Ndona" pride. 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.
** Disney has [[https://disneysecondscreen.go.com/TheLionKing/thelionking_app.html an official app]] about the movies development.
** Zazu was going to be portrayed as less of a ButtMonkey with a British accent. All five of the remaining Creator/MontyPython actors were even considered to voice him.
* WordOfSaintPaul[=/=]WordOfGay : Timon and Pumbaa's VA's consider them to be a gay couple. (helps that one is openly homosexual)
* WorkingTitle: Before it was released, the film was originally called "King of the Jungle."

'''Other Trivia:'''
* One interesting fun fact; The Lion King is one of only three animated films [[note]]The other two being Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast and [[ToyStory Toy Story 2]][[/note]] to win Best Picture [[note]]In Musical or Comedy[[/note]] at the Golden Globes. And this was the ''[[AnimationAgeGhetto before]]'' the creation of the [[ConsolationAward Animation Category.]]
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