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

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11. Family Ties

In early script drafts, Scar was not related to Mufasa. However, the writers thought making the two related would be more interesting.

12. A Twist of Fate

Nathan Lane (Timon) and Ernie Sabella (Pumbaa) auditioned to be hyenas. We all know how well that worked out.

13. Simba Sings

Although Matthew Broderick - the voice of Simba - is a singer, he does not sing "Hakuna Matata" or "Can You Feel the Love Tonight." Joseph Williams, son of legendary film composer John Williams, provided the singing voice for Simba.

14. What's In a Name

Simba, Sarabi, Rafiki, and Pumbaa are Swahili words. They mean lion, mirage, friend, and foolish.

 

15. Starry Night

The constellation Leo is in the night sky when Mufasa is talking to Simba. See the "lion" connection?

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