The Lion King

Continuity mistake: When Timon and Pumba save Simba, Timon lies on a bit of dry land. Its shape changes between shots.

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Continuity mistake: As Zazu, Simba and Nala are being confronted by the hyenas, Banzai says, "A trio of trespassers." Zazu's tail is somewhere out of sight at the moment, but between shots it abruptly lifts itself into view. (00:19:20)


Continuity mistake: When Zazu is screaming to be let out from the ribcage prison, his wings are holding onto different ribs between shots. (01:17:10)


Continuity mistake: In the scene where Rafiki takes his stick and makes short work of several hyenas, he alternates from using one hand to hold the stick, then two, between shots. (01:16:55)


Continuity mistake: During the last notes of "I Just Can't Wait to Be King", a rhinoceros lands on top of Zazu. At first the rhino's front hooves are resting at its side. But in the following shot where the other animals retreat, they're suddenly planted firmly on the ground. (00:17:20)


Continuity mistake: When walking through the jungle to find some grub with Simba and Timon during "Hakuna Matata", Pumbaa belches and says "I'm starved." But between shots, he disappears from Simba's left side. (00:46:00)


Continuity mistake: In the open field where Simba gets scolded by Mufasa, he happens upon a large paw print in the dirt. An overhead view reveals several blades of grass near the impression (on the lower left hand side in particular), but as Simba begins walking once again in the following shot, no blades of grass can be seen anywhere in the vicinity. (00:23:20)


Continuity mistake: During "Hakuna Matata," Timon hoists Pumbaa high into the air from a vine. The excess length of vine gathers up on the ground at Timon's side - only to vanish just two shots later at the point where Simba sings his piece. (00:45:25)


Continuity mistake: As Simba walks along a fallen tree by the waterfalls, Nala pleads with him to overthrow Scar and take his place as the rightful king of Pride Rock. But notice how his posture changes dramatically between shots. Right before Simba snaps back at Nala, his head is hung low enough to the ground so that his entire backbone is visible, but then it's suddenly lifted to an alert position in the following shot. (01:01:35)


Continuity mistake: When Zazu is flying overhead leading Simba and Nala to the water hole, he swoops down and begins talking about their future as a married pair. Initially Zazu's tail is resting near the ground. But from one frame to the next, it's suddenly perched straight up in the air. (00:14:15)


Continuity mistake: During Pumbaa's flashback scene in "Hakuna Matata" he pauses at the waterhole's shoreline for a drink. At first he's standing on dry ground, but then all of a sudden his front paws are submerged in water one shot later. (00:45:00)


Continuity mistake: In the scene where Simba tries convincing Scar that Mufasa's death was an accident, Simba stands an inch or two apart from Mufasa's left paw. Once the angle changes, Scar reaches out to comfort Simba, but now Simba is positioned closer to Mufasa's face instead. (00:37:55)


Continuity mistake: After Simba first hears about the elephant graveyard, he eagerly runs over to tell Nala about it. Sarabi, resting in the shade at the bottom of the hill, spontaneously appears out of nowhere on the rock. (00:13:05)


Continuity mistake: The whites of Simba's eyes change frequently through the movie, from yellow to white. They're yellow up until the scene where Pumbaa, Timon, and Simba are stargazing; after that they change back and forth frequently. During the Mufasa-in-the-sky scene, when Simba asks, "How can I go back? I'm not who I used to be," they change from yellow to white and back within three frames.

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Young Simba: Isn't it great?
Young Nala: We could get in big trouble.
Young Simba: I know.

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Trivia: In the movie Mufasa is voiced by James Earl Jones and the Lion Queen, Sarabi, is voiced by Madge Sinclair. Those same two actors also played the king and queen of Zamunda in the Eddie Murphy comedy "Coming to America".

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Question: We're only told about two males in the pride, Mufasa and Scar. Who was Nala's father? It can't be Mufasa because then she and Simba would either be siblings or half-siblings and they wouldn't have got together. And it can't be Scar because she called him by his name, not Dad, and she and Simba would still have been cousins.

Answer: Lions are not like humans, even though Disney tends to make them that way. It's rare for more than one or two full grown lions to be in a pride. Other males are in "bachelor prides" until they win a pride of their own. It's likely that Scar or Mufasa sired Nala.

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Answer: It is possible that Nala is older than Simba and her mother was pregnant when a male, Mufasa, took over and she avoided getting killed. She could be the daughter of the previous male that Mufasa conquered as he opened the Pride Lands for him and his brother. Then, Simba was born a little while after Nala.

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