Top 47 Lion Movie Facts

Following is our collection of Lion facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of Lion film message.

In the original Lion King (1994), Rafiki only recognises Simba's scent on the wind after eating a Baobob fruit, the taste triggering the memory of anointing Simba with the same fruit as a lion cub at the beginning of the film.
In the original Lion King (1994), Rafiki only recognises Simba's scent on the wind after eating a Baobob fruit, the taste triggering the memory of anointing Simba with the same fruit as a lion cub at the beginning of the film.
In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The White Witch's crown melts as her power dwindles
In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The White Witch's crown melts as her power dwindles

Lion Trivia

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  1. You can see the number 45 written between Simba's back and tail. It appears at 9:16, right as Mufasa says the word 'you' in the line "...and it will rise with you, as the new king". It lasts for only one frame.

  2. Pumbaa gets angry when he's called "pig" and screams "They call me MISTER PIG!" This is a reference to Sidney Poiter's line in "In the Heat of the Night" where he had just been insulted by a southern cop.

  3. The characters Timon and Pumbaa were only put in the movie because Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella auditioned so well together. They were originally auditioned for the hyenas, but were so funny that Timon and Pumbaa was created for them

  4. Before attacking the hyenas in the cave, Pumba shouts "They call me, Mr. Pig!" This is a reference to the 1967 "In the Heat of the Night" quote, "They call me Mr. Tibbs."

  5. The pile of excreta that the young Jamal jumps into was made from a combination of peanut butter and chocolate.

  6. There is a scene where Robert Duvall beats up 4 men in a bar. Possible inspiration to this scene dates back to Michael Caine's early years, when he once held Sir Sean Connery's hat while he fought and beat four men in a nightclub. Source: IMDB

  7. When Simba is in front of the elephants' skull in the elephant graveyard he borrows a line from Bob Hope in Road to Bali (1952) "I laugh at danger (ha ha ha)"

Lion Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • (2019) omits lyrics from Circle of Life including the line "some have to live with the scars."

Lion Hidden Details

1 - Shenzi, the female hyena, is the dominant/smartest one of the three main hyenas. And in real life the female hyenas are the ones who are the leaders of the pack, and the males are the followers and treated poorly. Their hierarchy is based on real life hyena traits
Shenzi, the female hyena, is the dominant/smartest one of the three main hyenas. And in real life the female hyenas are the ones who are the leaders of the pack, and the males are the followers and treated poorly. Their hierarchy is based on real life hyena traits

The lions retract/extend their claws as needed (even in subtle moments) . . . but Scar's claws are always out.

1 - The Witch, and the Wardrobe, A statue of a Petrified Lion is vandalized with a marker. Later on in the movie, that same lion (who was released from petrifaction) is shown with drawn-on glasses and mustache.
The Witch, and the Wardrobe, A statue of a Petrified Lion is vandalized with a marker. Later on in the movie, that same lion (who was released from petrifaction) is shown with drawn-on glasses and mustache.
1 - Timon told Pumbaa not to say "farted" because we were kids. In the Lion King (2019), he lets Pumbaa say it cause we're all adults
Timon told Pumbaa not to say "farted" because we were kids. In the Lion King (2019), he lets Pumbaa say it cause we're all adults
1 - The hyena rally during "Be Prepared" uses the same camera angles as actual photographs and footage from Nazi rallies.
The hyena rally during "Be Prepared" uses the same camera angles as actual photographs and footage from Nazi rallies.
1 - Shenzi the Hyena has no eyebrows, just like Whoopi Goldberg who lends her voice to the character.
Shenzi the Hyena has no eyebrows, just like Whoopi Goldberg who lends her voice to the character.

Timon files down Simba's nails as he no longer needs them due to his new diet

1 - Simba becomes the king of lions, or the Leijonakuningas as it's known in Finnish. Leijonakuningas translated to English is "Lion King" which is a quiet nod to the title of the movie.
Simba becomes the king of lions, or the Leijonakuningas as it's known in Finnish. Leijonakuningas translated to English is "Lion King" which is a quiet nod to the title of the movie.
1 - There are giant anteaters that appear in the I Just Can't Wait to Be King song. Giant anteaters, however, are native to South America and not Africa.
There are giant anteaters that appear in the I Just Can't Wait to Be King song. Giant anteaters, however, are native to South America and not Africa.
1 - Due to Jeremy Irons having vocal cord issues, Jim Cummings sang the last third of the song "Be Prepared."
Due to Jeremy Irons having vocal cord issues, Jim Cummings sang the last third of the song "Be Prepared."
1 - The hyenas fatten up once they're allowed into Scar's kingdom, since they eat much more regularly now.
The hyenas fatten up once they're allowed into Scar's kingdom, since they eat much more regularly now.
1 - When Lilith starts falling apart it spurts blood from it's neck on to the surface of the moon.In the Evangelion 1.11 preview a blood stain similar to the one in EoE can be seen on the moon hinting at a possible continuity between the rebuilds and the original series.
When Lilith starts falling apart it spurts blood from it's neck on to the surface of the moon.In the Evangelion 1.11 preview a blood stain similar to the one in EoE can be seen on the moon hinting at a possible continuity between the rebuilds and the original series.
1 - Simba only leaves 2 pairs of footprints because cats walk by placing their rear legs where their front legs went.
Simba only leaves 2 pairs of footprints because cats walk by placing their rear legs where their front legs went.

At the end of "I Just Can't Wait to be King," Zazu says to the rhinoceros sitting on him: "I beg your pardon, madam, but get off!" He knew it was a female rhino because of what he was looking at while he was stuck under her.

Timon tells Pumbaa the stars are fireflies and not burning balls of gas. This mirrors a line from Hamlet, which the movie is based on: "Doubt thou the stars are fire." (Act 2, Scene 2)

1 - Right around when Zazu talks about Simba and Nala being intended "Can you feel the love tonight" plays softly in the background
Right around when Zazu talks about Simba and Nala being intended "Can you feel the love tonight" plays softly in the background

Simba's claws are extended when he climbs a branch in 'I Just Can't Wait to Be King' - The Lion King (1994)

Zazu rhetorically asks Scar "Didnt Your mother ever tell you not to play with your food?" Later on, directly after Mufasa's death, Scar passes up his chance to kill Simba by essentially "playing with his food." In the end, this leads to his demise.

1 - During "Be Prepared," the hyenas' marching past Scar on the elevated rock was inspired by footage of Nazis marching by Adolf Hitler on a podium.
During "Be Prepared," the hyenas' marching past Scar on the elevated rock was inspired by footage of Nazis marching by Adolf Hitler on a podium.
1 - Timon talks directly into Pumbaa's ear (42:15) and the audio begins to echo, creating the effect that Timon is talking into an empty void (Pumbaa has no brain in his head).
Timon talks directly into Pumbaa's ear (42:15) and the audio begins to echo, creating the effect that Timon is talking into an empty void (Pumbaa has no brain in his head).
1 - Theodore Roosevelt wears a blue bandana with white polka dots. This is the same style bandana that TR wore when he was in the Rough Riders.
Theodore Roosevelt wears a blue bandana with white polka dots. This is the same style bandana that TR wore when he was in the Rough Riders.

There a quick shot of a Wildabeast skull being washed away as Simba ascends Pride Rock

1 - - Brewster, in his attempt to spend all his money, rented helicopters to fly his old teammates out and got them customized with the team logo.
- Brewster, in his attempt to spend all his money, rented helicopters to fly his old teammates out and got them customized with the team logo.
1 - After being attacked by Mufasa, Scars are visible on Banzai.
After being attacked by Mufasa, Scars are visible on Banzai.
1 - The liquid used for unconscious Asuka seems to resemble the orange liquid that humanity turns into around the end of the movie.
The liquid used for unconscious Asuka seems to resemble the orange liquid that humanity turns into around the end of the movie.
1 - When Zazu tells Simba and Nala that they are gonna be married. They both act with disgust, but there is a brief moment when Nala looks at Simba, maybe giving a hint at her true feelings.
When Zazu tells Simba and Nala that they are gonna be married. They both act with disgust, but there is a brief moment when Nala looks at Simba, maybe giving a hint at her true feelings.

Rafiki, played by John Kani, makes the same noise as the border tribe of Wakanda. Kani played T'Chaka in Black Panther.

Mufasa tells Sarabi, "before sunrise, he's your son" because he's king of everything the light touches.

1 - Zazu says that Simba is getting "wildly out of wing" instead of "out of hand" due to the fact that he is a bird and does therefore not have hands
Zazu says that Simba is getting "wildly out of wing" instead of "out of hand" due to the fact that he is a bird and does therefore not have hands
1 - Elephants walk past Mount Kilimanjaro . Therefore the film is based in Tanzania
Elephants walk past Mount Kilimanjaro . Therefore the film is based in Tanzania

When Silva descends to the Lionesses after Scar's defeat, you can see Zazu speak but no sound comes out from him. If you look closely, you can see he's saying "Your Majesty"

Vs 1994 vs 2019)

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- Donald Glover, Seth Rogen - animation

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Lion poster
Lion poster

Lion Plot

A five-year-old Indian boy is adopted by an Australian couple after getting lost hundreds of kilometers from home. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of Lion. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Biography, Drama
Director Garth Davis
Stars Sunny Pawar, Abhishek Bharate, Priyanka Bose, Khushi Solanki
IMDB score 8.0