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.
Trivia: In Swahili, 'Simba' means lion, 'Rafiki' means friend, and 'Shenzi' means uncivilized. There are many Swahili references throughout the film, and we can assume it takes place in Tanzania or Kenya, since Mt. Kilimanjaro is shown in several scenes.
Trivia: The plot of the film is loosely based on Shakespeare's Hamlet. I know this sounds stupid... but king dies. His son discovers it was murder - the killer is the victim's brother, who is now in control. The son leaves the kingdom, only to return to challenge his uncle. Of course, Hamlet doesn't have quite such a happy ending, or as many songs.
Trivia: There is a scene where Nala asks Timon and Pumbaa where Simba is and neither of them know, then Rafiki says 'you won't find him here . . . the King has returned.' This scene is straight from the New Testament when Mary goes to Jesus' tomb and the angel tells her 'he is not here, for he is risen.' This explains why Rafiki is in a high place (the tree) above the others when he says his line and there is a bright light behind him to make him angelic looking.
Trivia: In the initial theatrical release of the film, you heard a distinct "crunch" sound as the very last wildebeest leapt and landed over Simba's head and onto where Musafa is immediately after the stampede scene, implying the breaking of bones. It is not evident in any other versions.
Trivia: After Timon and Pumbaa laugh at Simba for saying his father was watching him, Simba walks away and lies down. When he does, stuff flies everywhere and in the sky, many people think it says 'SFX', as a tribute to the special effects team, while others choose to believe it spells 'SEX'. This scene has been altered on the DVD version and the letters are no longer visible.
Trivia: The film characters and scenes are very similar to those found in a 1960s Japanese animated program, "Kimba the White Lion." The company that produced Kimba, Toho Studio, was aware of the similarites and threatened to sue Disney but dropped legal action because it could not afford a legal battle against the company.
Trivia: Around an hour and twelve minutes into the movie, Timon faces an angry horde of hyenas that he needs to distract. While brainstorming ideas, Timon quips to Pumbaa, Nala and Simba, "What do you want me to do, dress in drag and do the Hula?" Nathan Lane ad-libbed this line, and it made it into the final cut.