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.
The Lion King (1994)
Directed by: Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers
Starring: Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick, Whoopi Goldberg, James Earl Jones, Jim Cummings, Rowan Atkinson, Cheech Marin, Nathan Lane, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Robert Guillaume, Ernie Sabella
Genres: Adventure, Animated, Disney, Drama, Family, Musical, Romance
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.
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".
Question: How exactly did Rafiki know Simba was alive?
Answer: Rafiki just knows because he's wise.
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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.