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AT THE MOVIES

A 'Lion's' tale

As the 1994 film is released in 3-D in theaters and soon on Blu-ray, some cast and filmmakers recall what made 'The Lion King' such a memorable project.

September 15, 2011|Susan King

I think it gave an opportunity for a lot of young animators who hadn't had a chance to lead a character. So they were fired up to do a good job -- it was quite an inclusive and creative circle. Everyone was listened to. When it came to fruition and everyone could see the message it was putting out and the heart the movie had that went on to be embraced by the audience.... it was very gratifying. I am still kind of overwhelmed by the response.

Matthew Broderick

Voice of Simba

I was on my summer vacation in Ireland, the phone rang and it was my agent. They said they were interested in me to play this lion.

The script was not finished really, I don't think. I remember at the start of it, it was slightly based on "Hamlet." I saw the drawings of the animals and who I would be. "The Lion King" must tap into a deep mythological thing.

I met Nathan Lane one time. I came in to record and he was finishing up. I sat with him and Ernie Sabella in the hallway. When they were recording, it was all fun and everybody was laughing. Then I would come in and talk about the spirit of my father and the stars. I felt left out.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Friday, September 16, 2011 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 4 News Desk 1 inches; 29 words Type of Material: Correction
"The Lion King": An article in the Sept. 15 Calendar section about the making of the animated film "The Lion King" gave actor Robert Guillaume's first name as Roger.

I am adult Simba, which I am always fond of telling people. Adult Simba always had a slight X-rated sound to me.

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Roger Guillaume

Voice of the mandrill baboon Rafiki

I had always been prior to "The Lion King" just playing around at parties and things with an accent that I really didn't know what to do with. But I always liked it. When Don Hahn and I were in the recording studio, we were trying to determine what voice to use. I finally came up with this thing I had been playing with. It was like my idea of a fake Jamaican accent. I had no idea at the time that it was not a good accent, but it always tickled me. The voice sort of grounded us in a place where all of those animals might be. It was like a fake Africa, but it was very nice.

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susan.king@latimes.com

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