The Lion King is by far one of the best, if not the greatest animated Disney movie of all time. It changed the game in more ways then one when it hit the big screens in 1994, raking in massive amounts of money at the box office. But there was a lot going on behind the scenes as they made the movie that we bet you didn't know.
Here are 10 things about your favorite Disney movie that will blow your mind.
1. The bench really came to play.
The animators that brought us The Lion King were actually Disney's "B-Team." The "A-Team" decided that they wanted to focus their time on making the movie Pocahontas instead, forcing Disney to go to their bench.
2. Hakuna Matata wasn't there originally.
"Hakuna Matata" is more than just a song. After it debuted in The Lion King, it became a iconic part of North American culture. The movie was originally supposed to have a lengthy song about eating bugs, but after a trip to Africa, the research team came back with the phrase, "Hakuna Matata," and thus a song was born.
3. Timon and Pumbaa were found by accident.
Nathan Lane and Ernie Sambella, who voiced Timon and Pumbaa, originally went to the casting call to read for parts as hyenas. When they both got to the studio they asked if they could read their scripts together, they were so funny during their audition that the casting director decided that they would play our favorite meerkat and warthog.
4. It broke down a barrier for Disney.
The Lion King was actually the first full-length Disney animated movie that was completely original. To that point in the long history of Disney, all of their movies had been screen adaptations of previously written stories (thanks brothers Grimm).
5. Two years for a single scene.
When Disney released their press notes about the movie, it turns out that the scene where the wildebeest are stampeding actually took over two years to draw. The animators even needed to write an original computer program in order to get the job done.