Welcome to another edition of PUMP UP WEEK! Where we work all week to bring you articles that….well…get you pumped up for the latest Animation Addicts Podcast. This week’s episode will cover (FINALLY) the listener voted The Lion King.
The Lion King is one the most loved Disney classic films ever. So it’s no surprise that most kids not only know all the words to every single scene, but also all of the hidden treasures that are sprinkled throughout the film. Although, some of them may prove to be more misconceptions than facts. Read on (with caution, some of the material may be PG-13 sensitive) and see if you know these little tidbits of delicious trivia.
1.) Of course everyone thinks Rafiki is bananas. At least Simba does, particularly during this part of the film:
2.) This random bit of Disney lore is actually a misconception. While scores of fans and foes have certainly used this little nugget to impress their friends with their knowledge of all things Disney, it is NOT true that when Simba plops down onto the grass, that the leaves and general dust the wind carries spells out the child un-friendly word: “SEX”.
3.) As with any production in history, there was a lot of cast shuffling that happened with The Lion King. One of the most interesting (at least to me), is that hyenas Banzai and Shenzi were supposed to be voiced by Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin, which makes sense considering their past work together (minus their feud). But for whatever reason, production couldn’t get a hold of Tommy Chong, so they went with Whoopi Goldberg, which ended up being a stellar pairing:
5.) And finally, apparently Simba’s mane was modeled after U2 band member Bono’s hair…..whhaaaaattt??