At the D23Expo a few months ago, hard to believe it was that long ago already, we sat down for The Lion King panel. This was a very good panel because it was The Lion King. I mean, can anyone watch this movie and not be brought to tears. I remember seeing this movie in the theaters and it was THE BEST. This movie broke the mold on modern animation at the time. It was dramatic and the music was fantastic. I just loved it and it’s now available on digital download and will be available on blu-ray Signature edition August 29.
As far as the animation family goes this was like being in front of royalty. Don Hahn was there and he was the moderator/interview/host of the panel. He is the producer for Lion King and many other Disney titles. He’s had his hands on so many different titles. We learned a few different fun facts from the interviews and we captured some of the interviews and this is what we learned. But first, let’s start off with a singalong…
One thing we learned was that The Lion King was originally titled “King of the Jungle”. I’m glad they changed it, I think The Lion King is so simple yet rightly deserved.
Two we learned that no one wanted to work on The Lion King. No one believed in a movie of talking animals. But people did believe in Pocahontas, wow we know which one did better box office right?
We have captured an interview with Ernie Sabella the voice of Pumbaa whom we learned originally wanted to be one of the hyenas. We also learned that he and Nathan Lane did some of their voice recordings together which was never done before, or at least most animation is still to this day recorded individually.
Finally, we have video of Jim Cummings, the laughing hyena, he also did the voice of the naked mole rat (who reported from underground). Even more amazing is that he is the original voice of Darkwing Duck from DuckTales, voiced Winnie the Pooh and Tigger and Pete from many different Mickey Mouse shows. And that’s just to name a few.
The Lion King Panel ended with a huge performance of The Circle of Life! It was pretty spectacular.