A double Disney fact for today – Samuel E. Wright was not only the voice of Sebastian in The Little Mermaid (and all subsequent character appearances except the Kingdom Hearts series), but he also played Mufasa in the original Broadway cast of The Lion King.
While Quasimodo is singing ‘Out There’ in the Hunchback of Notre Dame, the camera pans over Paris and zooms in on a street. In this scene, Belle is seen walking and reading her book, Pumbaa is being carried on a pole by two men, and another man is shaking out the Carpet from Aladdin.
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The song ‘I just can’t wait to be King’ from The Lion King was originally written to be sung by Mufasa. However the song didn’t suit James Earl Jones’ singing style, so it was reworked for Simba instead.
Disney’s B team were put to work on The Lion King, because their A team were working on Pocahontas, which Disney predicted was going to be a bigger success.