1. For the most part, most of the lions in the movie keep their claws retracted, only letting them loose during special situations

 
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Scar, on the other hand, has his claws out at all times. Makes sense for someone so prepared

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2. Look closely on the bug at the top right and you can see one of Disney's fabled Hidden Mickeys

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3. Nala's pin move is a classic, but it comes back in more ways than you might think

 
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It is of course the way that Simba recognizes Nala after years of exile

 
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But when Scar attacks, Simba realizes he should use Nala's anti-pounce move to his advantage

 
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4. Mufasa and Sarabi are played by James Earl Jones and Madge Sinclair, respectively. It might not have been a coincidence...

 
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...since Jones and Sinclair played King Jaffe Joffer and Queen Aoleon in Coming to America

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5. Disney fans probably noticed that Hercules wears Scars corpse in his own film, but there are lots of other Lion King cameos to be found in other movies...

 
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In A Bug's Life, The Lion King is one of the posters seen in a background shot

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Hunchback of Notre Dame has lots of cameos in one shot -- there's Belle reading a book and what looks like the magic carpet being dusted. All these cameos in one place means that the dead boar being hauled off is likely a reference to Pumbaa

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6. At the end of "I Just Can't Wait to Be King," Zazu gets sat on by a rhino. He exclaims"I beg your pardon madam, but get off!" The really wild part? Zazu can tell it's a female rhino because he is, ahem, up close and personal at that very moment

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7. The Lion King has a lot in common with Hamlet when it comes to the general story, but there's a smaller moment that reflects Shakespeare's masterwork too. Specifically, Pumbaa mentioning that he thinks stars are big burning balls of gas...

 
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...it is very similar to a line spoken by a character in Hamlet

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8. A more direct reference from Pumbaa came in the climactic battle, when he yells "THEY CALL ME MISTER PIG!"

 
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Parents in the audience at the time likely remembered this as a parody of the line "They call me Mister Tibbs." The line was spoken by Sydney Poitier in the film In the Heat of the Night, just after Poitier's detective character was being disrespected, marginalized and wrongfully arrested for being black. Not really any connection whatsoever to Pumbaa, in retrospect. I guess "Mister Pig" and "Mister Tibbs" kind of rhyme?

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9. Here's a bit of clever musical foreshadowing early in the movie -- when Zazu is talking to young Simba and Nala about getting married, a soft version of "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" can be heard in the background

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10. Scar's epic "Be Prepared" song won't be seen in the new remake of The Lion King. No reason was given, but it COULD be in part because the musical number takes visual inspiration from the Nazi propaganda film The Triumph of the Will

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The pillars of lights seen here also look a lot like the displays that appeared in Nazi rallies

 

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