ONCE UPON A TIME . . .
The Lion King was the first Disney animated movie not based on an existing storybook tale. According to Don Hahn, one of the producers of the 1994 flick, Disney’s animation studio bosses “came up with the idea to do Bambi in Africa – a coming-of-age story. For a long time, we just called it ‘Bambi in Africa’.” The story was, of course, of young cub Simba – heir to the pride lands – who’s forced to flee his kingdom after his uncle, Scar, murders Simba’s father. Simba befriends Timon and Pumbaa, a meerkat and a warthog, who introduce him to the hakuna matata life – which, in case you’ve been living under a rock, means no worries. Eventually adult Simba reunites with childhood friend Nala, confronts his tyrannical uncle and reclaims his throne.