7 Things You Didn't Know About 'The Lion King'

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Hakuna Matada! Find out some fun facts about 'The Lion King.'

The Lion King and its protagonist Simba are endearing to both casual and diehard fans of Disney stories. The concepts of destiny, of learning to become who you were meant to be, of understanding and accepting your responsibilities and following the lead of your parents and elders are explored in the story. Simba is a hero-in-training, the cub who would be king and he's super adorbs as he teaches us about the circle of life.

It's a rich story that doesn't skirt the harshness of life and, well, the circle of it.  

The 1994 film was a massive hit and overall, The Lion King is an enduring brand and franchise.

Plus, who hasn't found themselves singing 'Hakuna Matada' or 'No Worries' whenever the opportunity arises? Admit it. We just did!

The movie, which celebrates its 20th anniversary of release on June 15, made a huge impact on pop culture. Check out this The Lion King trivia, comprised of seven things you may or may not have known about Mufasa, Simba and co.  

 

1. The original title of the story? Oh, it was King of the Jungle. Lions technically don't live in the jungle; they largely live in the plains and deserts of Africa. So the name of the story was adjusted accordingly for factual purposes, even though we do refer to lions as kings of the jungle because they are atop the food chain.

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2. Sean Connery, known for his deep and distinct speaking style, was the first choice to voice the role Mufasa. While James Earl Jones eventually got the part, we could totally hear that voice of the original 007 shepherding Simba through life.

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3. James Earl Jones, the voice of Mufasa, and Madge Sinclair, the voice of his queen and Simba's mommy Sarabi, worked together previously. They played the King and Queen in 1980s Eddie Murphy comedy Coming to America. That's Sinclair and Murphy pictured!

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4. The Lion King was in production at the same time as Pocahontas; execs at Disney thought that the latter would be more successful and respected and therefore, a lot of animators elected to work on Pocahontas instead. The Lion King roared at the box office, earning nearly a billion bucks. With a "b."

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5. It took three years to animate the wildebeest stampede scene, which is nearly three minutes in length. #JustWow.

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6. The character of Scar, who is Mufasa's brother and Simba's uncle and nemesis, was not related to Mufasa in early versions of the story. We love this vulnerable shot of Simba.

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7. The Lion King features the first Disney character to ... fart. No, really.

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