# # Although all of the animals are obviously anthropomorphic in the film, hyenas (as the villainous characters) were most given the short end of the stick from the reality. In fact, Spotted Hyenas are considered the equal of lions in terms of intelligence and ferocity. They have an equally intricate social structure and are less likely to kill their own kind than lions (hyena clan matriarchs allow very little inner-species aggression). Also, while portrayed as nearly full scavengers, in reality lions scavenge the kills of hyenas as much as (if not more so) than hyenas scavenge lion kills.
# # Jim Cummings had to fill in for Jeremy Irons during the song "Be Prepared". Jeremy threw out his voice after singing, "You won't get a sniff without me!".
The stage version of "The Lion King" has run for 4653 performances, and is currently the ninth longest-running show on Broadway (as of February 2009).
# # One of three Disney movies to win a Golden Globe for Best Picture. The other two are Beauty and the Beast (1991) and Toy Story 2 (1999) (all three were in the category "Comedy or Musical").
To date this movie still holds the record for being the highest grossing traditionally animated film in history.
The highest grossing movie of 1994 worldwide and the second highest in the US behind Forrest Gump (1994).
# # The Lion King opened on Broadway in 1997. The musical garnered 6 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and is produced by Disney Theatrical.
The main locations for the film, including Pride Rock and the Gorge, are modeled after Hell's Gate National Park in Kenya.
Nearly twenty minutes of the film were animated at the Disney-MGM Studios. Ultimately, more than 600 artists, animators and technicians contributed to The Lion King over its lengthy production schedule. More than one million drawings were created for the film, including 1,197 hand-painted backgrounds and 119,058 individually colored frames of film.
# # Production took place at Walt Disney Animation Studios in Glendale, California, and Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida. Thirteen supervising animators, both in California and Florida, were responsible for establishing the personalities and setting the tone for the film's main characters.
(June 2008) Ranked #4 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Animation".
# # The stage version of The Lion King opened at the New Amsterdam Theater on October 15, 1997 and has played for over 4400 performances as of May 2008.
# # The Italian pop version of the song "The Circle of Life", sung in Italian by Ivana Spagna, was a major hit in Italy in 1994/95, alongside the original version by Elton John.
The first Disney animation movie to have European Portuguese dubbing. Until that, all Disney animation movies were sent to Portugal with Brazilian dubbing.
For its Platinum Edition DVD release, a new song was recorded and animated. Morning Report was written for the Broadway musical by Elton John and Tim Rice. They wrote two other songs for the play, Chow Down and The Madness of King Scar.