This page is dedicated to the many story ideas, character designs, and changes of events that came about before The Lion King and its sequels became the films that they are today.
See below to view how the script has changed over time.
According to the "Pride of The Lion King" documentary seen on the recent Blu-ray edition of the film, before The Lion King was even King of the Jungle, it was about a war between lions and baboons.
Simba had never left the kingdom but became lazy and was later overthrown.
When Allers and Minkoff became the directors, however, it was drastically changed and toned down in attitude. King of the Jungle (or King of the Beasts) was an early title for The Lion King.
In 2012, two screenplays were released, one written in January 1990 by J. Allen and another written in May 1990 by Allen and Ron Bass.
Both early screenplays are extremely different from what the final version is today, being violent, suggestive, incestuous, and essentially not child-friendly.
In the middle of the song, Mufasa calls the alarm, a mighty roar that warns his subjects that a giant flood is coming. When the water calms, the chorus of subjects sings their praises to the king.
Simba is shocked to find out that being king doesn't just mean having fun.He wants to spend more time with his father and Zazu, but they have their royal duties, and Simba goes back home.The deleted scene in which Scar tricks Simba to go to the Elephant Graveyard is nearly identical to the final version.In the end, they were scrapped, and very few traces of story material remain in the final film. The following script was written in September 11, 1992.However, the storyboards and voice acting was finished on January 26, 1993. Originally, the "Circle of Life" sequence was going to have dialogue.The first, abandoned version was a prayer in Swahili that was sung by animals who were coming to Pride Rock.