* ActorAllusion:
** Creator/JamesEarlJones and Madge Sinclair played an African king and queen in ''Film/ComingToAmerica'' as well.
** Zazu is a royal advisor played by Creator/RowanAtkinson. This was apparently because Tim Rice is a fan of ''Series/{{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.
* AFIS100Years100Songs:
** #99, "Hakuna Matata"
* AFIS10Top10:
** #4, Animation
* 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[=/=]MagnumOpusDissonance: 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 (Jeffrey Katzenberg, who was one of the main brains behind ''The Lion King'', was the biggest victim of this because this trope combo happened to him THREE times (with ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'' and ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' earlier, and ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' at DreamWorks later.)
* 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.
* 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.
* FanNickname: Common within the fandom. For example [[https://web.archive.org/web/20050209154243/http://www.lionking.org/~vakasi/outsiders.html there's an Outsider]] dubbed "Dotty" by many due to the small dots under her eyes.
* ManualMisprint: One of the lyric sheets for the soundtrack gets "Be Prepared" wrong.
--> You won't get a sniff out of me!
* NonSingingVoice: Simba and Nala have separate actors for their speaking and singing voices, both young and adult.
* TheOtherDarrin: When Jeremy Irons blew out his vocal chords after several takes of "Be Prepared," JimCummings stepped in to record the last verse. Only trained ears can hear the difference.
* 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!]]''
** Creator/WhoopiGoldberg, normally associated with playing sympathetic, wise and/or funny characters and the TropeNamer for the WhoopiEpiphanySpeech, does the voice of a malevolent and thuggish hyena.
* ReferencedBy: See ReferencedBy.TheLionKing.
* RetroactiveRecognition:
** In the Japanese dub, Creator/MitsuruMiyamoto as adult Simba, before hitting big as [[Anime/TheBigO Roger Smith]].
** In the Mexican Spanish dub, young Nala is voiced by Karla Falcon, before her StarMakingRole of [[WesternAnimation/HiHiPuffyAmiYumi Yumi]] and [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Ino Yamanaka]].
* ScrewedByTheLawyers: A ''Lion King'' 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]]. In addition, Disney could possibly sue the man for plagiarizing one of their works directly, which they've always frowned on (it's likely DWA will sue him to retrieve the money they spent on legal bills.)
* 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, forcing the animators to work at home.
** Cheech Marin said once that he doesn't remember exactly when he recorded his dialogue for Banzai, but he said it had to have been still TheEighties. He also said that by the time the movie finally came out, he had ''forgotten he was even in it!''
* 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 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 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."]]
** Timon and Pumbaa were nearly voiced by Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. This was suggested by Tim Rice, who wrote Hakuna Matata after watching ''{{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.
** 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).
** Disney has [[https://disneysecondscreen.go.com/TheLionKing/thelionking_app.html an official app]] about the movies development.
* TheWikiRule: [[http://lionking.wikia.com/wiki/The_Lion_King_Wikia Here]] is the wikia for the franchise.
* WordOfSaintPaul: Timon and Pumbaa's [=VAs=] 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." This was scrapped when someone pointed out that, well, ''lions don't live in 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 Western/ToyStory2[[/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.]]
* The Lion King is the first animated Disney film without any human (or rather, humanLIKE) characters.
* Almost every character in this film has a ''Hamlet'' counterpart. The (debatable) list is as follows:
** Simba is Prince Hamlet.
** Mufasa is King Hamlet.
** Scar is Claudius.
** Timon and Pumbaa are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
** Zazu is Polonius.
** Nala is Horatio (and a less hysterical Ophelia).
** Sarabi is (a less involved) Queen Gertrude.
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