* ActorAllusion:
** Creator/JamesEarlJones and Madge Sinclair played an African king and queen in ''Film/ComingToAmerica'' as well. Jones voicing the father of the protagonist also brings to mind his [[Franchise/StarWars most famous role]].
** 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.
** The singing voice for Adult Simba is Joseph Williams, better known as one of the (and still current) lead singers of the band Music/{{Toto}}, whose SignatureSong is...wait for it...[[HilariousInHindsight "Africa"]]. Even better, a number of lyrics from the song are rather startlingly relevant to the plot of the film/Simba's emotional arc: "I stopped an old man along the way/Hoping to find some long forgotten words or ancient melodies/He turned to me as if to say, 'Hurry boy, it's waiting there for you'"; "I know that I must do what's right/As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti/I seek to cure what's deep inside, frightened of this thing that I've become."
* 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.
** While the Mexican Spanish dub primarily uses professional voice actors for the characters, singer Kalimba Marichal provided young Simba's singing voice.
* CashCowFranchise: The most successful traditionally animated film of all time; spawned a hit [[Theatre/TheLionKing Broadway show]], which runs to this day, a DirectToVideo [[Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride sequel]] and [[Disney/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf a midquel]], and ''two'' [[WesternAnimation/TimonAndPumbaa reasonably]] [[WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard successful]] TV series. Did we also mention that those series debuted ''twenty years apart''?
* 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'' Walt Disney Classics video had a snippet of a different version of "Can You Feel The Love Tonight", which the ''Lion King'' Deluxe Laserdisc included in its entirety. Unfortunately, only a few of these songs made it onto the later releases' bonus features, and only "Warthog Rhapsody" made it onto the Walt Disney Records Legacy Collection's 2014 reissue of the soundtrack. KeepCirculatingTheTapes indeed.
* DuelingWorks: With ''WesternAnimation/ATrollInCentralPark''. Both ''The Lion King'' and ''A Troll in Central Park'' were animated musicals released in 1994, in which the protagonist makes friends while banished from his homeland. [[CurbStompBattle Needless to]] [[SleeperHit say that]] ''Disney/TheLionKing'' [[BoxOfficeBomb beat out]] ''WesternAnimation/ATrollInCentralPark'', and here's how. ''The Lion King'' became the highest-grossing traditionally animated film of all time, while ''A Troll in Central Park'' was a major bomb that year, causing former Disney animator, Don Bluth's studio, Sullivan Bluth Studios to file for bankruptcy in 1995 and join Fox with ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'' in 1997.
* DVDCommentary: The Deluxe [=LaserDisc=] includes one by Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff, and Don Hahn, the first commentary ever provided for a Disney movie. It accompanied ''TLK'' again on almost all of its subsequent home video re-releases.
* 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.
** 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]].
* 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.
* ImageSource:
** TheDogBitesBack
** HakunaMatata
** PleaseWakeUp
* InMemoriam: The film is dedicated to Walt Disney Company president Frank Wells, who died in a helicopter crash three months before the film was released.
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: In 2014, the year of ''The Lion King'''s [[MilestoneCelebration 20th anniversary]], Walt Disney Records released a 2-Disc version of the soundtrack, to kick off the high-end Legacy Collection line. This marked the first official release of the complete score, and also contains some instrumental demos, the CutSong "Warthog Rhapsody", and Elton John's pop versions of some ''TLK'' tunes, all packaged inside a digibook of concept art, lyrics, and production notes from Don Hahn.
* ManualMisprint: One of the lyric sheets for the soundtrack gets "Be Prepared" wrong.
--> You won't get a sniff out of me!
* 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 FOUR times.[[note]]''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' and ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'' earliest, then ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'' and ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', and ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' at Creator/DreamWorksAnimation later.[[/note]]
* NonSingingVoice: Simba and Nala have separate actors for their speaking and singing voices, both young and adult. Jeremy Irons sings some of Scar's lyrics, but partway through, the harsher lyrics were replaced by that of Creator/JimCummings, since Irons couldn't sing the more demanding parts after [[ItMakesSenseInContext "YOU WON'T GET A SNIFF WITHOUT ME!"]] line in "[[VillainSong Be Prepared]]", [[JustifiedTrope resulting in]] Cummings subbing for him.
** In the Spanish dub, most of the cast was this with the exceptions of Creator/SergioZamora (adult Simba), Marc Pociello (young Simba), Creator/MiguelAngelJenner (Pumbaa) and Eduard Doncos (Zazu).
* OrphanedReference: Two levels in the Genesis/SNES LicensedGame are based on concepts cut from the movie. If you guessed that "Be Prepared" was one of them, then... congratulations, you have eyes. Less obvious is the identity of the other one: [[spoiler:"Hakuna Matata"]]. This might have been more obvious if the final level had gone by its in-development name of "Willow Cascade".
* TheOtherDarrin: When it was apparent that Jeremy Irons wouldn't be able to hit the high notes near the end of "Be Prepared", Creator/JimCummings stepped in to record the last verse. Only trained ears can hear the difference.
* PlayingAgainstType:
** Creator/WhoopiGoldberg, normally associated with playing sympathetic, wise and/or funny characters and the {{Trope Namer|s}} for the WhoopiEpiphanySpeech, does the voice of a malevolent and thuggish hyena.
** 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!]]''
** In the Spanish dub, Ricardo Solans is no stranger at voicing villains but his performance as Scar bears some resemblance of the over-the-top ([[TropesAreNotBad not necessarily a bad thing]]) way he voiced Creator/DustinHoffman's [[Film/{{Hook}} Captain Hook]]. Also, this is one of Solans' very, very, ''very'' few animated roles.
* QuoteSource: This film provides the page quote for:
** BrainsEvilBrawnGood
** ChildhoodFriendRomance
** TheExile
** TyrantTakesTheHelm
* ReferencedBy: [[ReferencedBy/TheLionKing See this page.]]
* 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, but the final sentencing judgment forced the man, Jayme Gordon, to pay back the millions [=DreamWorks=] Animation had spent in legal bills). [[note]] 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]]
* 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.
* ThrowItIn: Nathan Lane supposedly ad-libbed some of his dialogue, including the "hula" line.
* {{Trope Namer|s}}:
** HakunaMatata
* TroubledProduction:
** A director fell out due to conflicts with the creative team. The script needed much fine-tuning. And the Northridge earthquake hit Los Angeles 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: [[WhatCouldHaveBeen/TheLionKing Has its own page.]]
* 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.
* 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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