The Lion King

Question: How exactly did Rafiki know Simba was alive?

Eyexpress333

Chosen answer: Rafiki is a bit of a msytic or a shaman; a quasi-magical character. He was able to smell Simba on the wind that we followed from one to the other.

Phixius

Question: Two part question. 1)Is Hakuna Matata a real phrase from another language, or is it one of Timon's and Pumba's originals? 2)Pumba says at one point of the movie, "They call me Mr. Pig!" Is this a reference to anything?

Chosen answer: (1) It's a real phrase from the Swahili language and, as stated in the film, translates roughly to "no worries" (literally "there are no worries"). (2) The line is a reference to Sidney Poitier's detective character Virgil Tibbs from In The Heat Of The Night and his famous reply of "They call me Mister Tibbs" when asked what they call him back home. The film's sequel, focusing on Poitier's character, actually used the line as the title.

Tailkinker

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.

Chosen 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.

Brenda Elzin

Question: I remember hearing that The Lion King was the first Disney movie with no human characters, is there any truth to this?

Chosen answer: It's actually the third, the first two being Robin Hood and Bambi (no human is ever seen, only heard in Bambi).

Nick N.

Question: A few character and song names are based on the Swahili language. Does Timon or Pumba mean anything in Swahili?

Chosen answer: Pumbaa means "to be foolish, weak-minded or negligent". Timon has no apparent meaning in Swahili, but is historically a Greek name, meaning "respectful", a slightly ironic choice given his usual sarcastic attitude.

Tailkinker

Question: After Mufasa's death, how does Simba get it into his head that it's his fault? If anything, it would've seemed to be Scar's, because he was the one that told Simba to wait on the rock. Can someone please explain this to me?

Chosen answer: Simba sees the stones on the ground skitter - a sign of the impending stampede - immediately after his roar echoes around the gorge. This was very good timing on Scar's part. Simba believed that his roar had startled the wildebeest into stampeding. (Of course, Scar was the one who goaded him into practising roaring in a gorge in the first place, but it's easy to forget these things in the traumatic aftermath of your father's death). Moreover, Simba was a child. Scar was an adult he trusted, and actually told Simba it was his fault.

Question: When Simba and his friends return to Pride Rock (when it is dreary and like a wasteland), I only saw female lions. I thought it could be that Scar got rid of all of the males to avoid competition. Does anyone know why, or if there actually were males in the scene?

Chosen answer: There is only one male lion per pride. Other males form their own "bachelor" prides but the alpha lion lays claim to an entire pride of females.

MovieFan612

Question: Is there a naked couple when Mufasa dies and Simba creates a cloud of dust?

Chosen answer: No, but there is speculation about the cloud of dust/pollen that Simba kicks up when he flops down on the edge of a cliff (mid-movie, after Simba is grown). Some say they see letters that spell S-E-X, but Disney says it was S-F-X, in tribute to the special effects team.

Reformed Dispatcher

Question: When Pumba and Timon are singing the Hakuna Matata song, does anyone know what Pumba was gonna say when he is singing about his story, and then Timon puts his hand over his mouth and says "not in front of the kids"?

Chosen answer: The line is "and I got downhearted, everytime that I..." when Timon interrupts him. He was obviously going to say "farted".

Grumpy Scot

Question: How does the "Lovely Bunch of Coconuts" song go after the line "Ones as big as your head!"?

Chosen answer: The lyrics go: --- I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts / There they are, all standing in a row / Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head / Give 'em a twist, a flick of the wrist / That's what the showman said. --- There's much more to it, but that's how that section goes. For more, look here

Garlonuss

Question: In a trivia, they say Timon is pulling a bug out of a log and a bug is wearing a mickey mouse hat. I looked but couldn't find it. Could someone give me the scene and what kind of bug to look for?

Chosen answer: Right after Timon pulls the bug out of the log he offers Simba a leaf. Look on the bottom (left, I think) of the leaf for the bug.

Question: After Simba ran away and Scar took over the pride, why didn't the lionesses just leave? At one point, Scar says that they are supposed to "do the hunting", so they have opportunities to go out and not return.

Chosen answer: Lions live in packs and are not loners (except for males in the real wild), a single lioness would definitely starve. Scar was the next in line to lead the pack, so they stayed.

lionhead

Question: Was it the fall alone that killed Mufasa? Or was he trampled to death?

Chosen answer: It's not explained what exactly killed him, but probably a combination of both of those.

raywest

Question: I've heard that Hans Zimmer's score for this film is heavily inspired by Mozart, to the point where some call it a "rewrite". Which one of Mozart's pieces is he alleged to have drawn inspiration from?

Chosen answer: Some bits of his score bear a small resemblance to a choral piece called "Ave Verum Corpus", but to suggest that it's a full-scale rip-off is a serious exaggeration.

Tailkinker

Question: Why did Matthew Broderick not sing as Simba? (he does sing otherwise.)

Chosen answer: It's possible that the songs written for the character simply didn't suit his singing voice. There was an additional song written for the film, to be sung by Mufasa (called "To Be King") - this was eventually cut completely for a similar reason, namely that it didn't suit James Earl Jones' (very good) singing voice.

Tailkinker

Question: This question is not exactly for The Lion King but all the Disney films, I just didn't know where to put it. Has any character actually bled in any Disney animation? For example, in The Lion King, Shenzi and Banzaii (the hyenas) have red scratches but they aren't dripping with blood.

Chosen answer: It's rare, because Disney likes to sanitize their violence. The recent Platinum Edition of Beauty and the Beast on DVD added a bit more blood to Beast's wounds after the wolf attack. "The Lion King" also does have a brief moment during the Scar/Simba fight when one of the lions whacks the other across the face and blood sprays. Those are two examples. Others can probably be found if you look hard enough.

Phil C.

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Pumbaa: Hey, Timon, ever wonder what those sparkly dots are up there?
Timon: Pumbaa, I don't wonder; I know.
Pumbaa: Oh. What are they?
Timon: They're fireflies. Fireflies that, uh... Got stuck up on that big bluish-black thing.
Pumbaa: Oh, gee. I always thought they were balls of gas burning billions of miles away.
Timon: Pumbaa, with you, everything's gas.

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Mistakes

At the elephant graveyard, little Simba claws Shenzi in the face. When Mufasa saves Simba from the hyenas, the cuts are gone, a few seconds later. [This was done intentionally, I'm sure, for two reasons. The first being, Disney doesn't let fresh scars linger on the screen too long. Secondly, during that same scene when Mufasa rescues Simba & Nala, he claws Banzai in the rear. To stress the point later in the movie, that severe scar is shown too, but only briefly, it too disappears because of reason 1. Still a "mistake", but there's why.]

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Trivia

Disney wanted people to despise Scar, the film's villain, so, during Scar's big song 'Be prepared', they made references to Adolf Hitler. When Scar's army begins to march, they are goose-stepping like Nazi soldiers and have their snouts raised like a Nazi salute (their snouts appear longer here than in any other part of the movie, and pointed to their right). Scar is on a large ledge, which resembles a balcony, much like that used by Hitler - on the side, the rock has a pattern resembling a giant Swastika. And finally, on the ground where the army marches, lines appear. These lines were on the streets of Germany, where the Nazis paraded.

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