15 Mind-Blowing Facts You Never Knew About "The Lion King"

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You've probably watched The Lion King a few times, tearing up a little when Simba was raised up in the air and singing along to "Hakuna Matata."

But did you know that song was almost left out of the movie? And that Cheech and Chong were almost added in? You have to keep on reading to find out just what we mean.

1. King of the Jungle

The movie was originally titled King of the Jungle. Disney changed the name when they realized that, well, lions don't live in the jungle.

 

2. Scar Speaks

Jeremy Irons was reluctant to lend his voice as Scar. But when he saw the animation he fell in love with the character, and now you can't imagine him sounding any other way.

3. In the Beginning

The original opening to the film was supposed to be a dialogue-heavy scene. But the producers and animators were so impressed with composer Hans Zimmer's score for the "Circle of Life" that they decided to change the beginning to the now iconic opening.

4. The Duet That Wasn't

Originally, producers intended to have "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" be a comical duet between Timon and Pumbaa.

5. Sean Connery

Speaking of Mufasa, Disney originally wanted Sean Connery to do the voice for him.

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