The Lion King Movie Poster

Goofs from The Lion King

Showing all 31 items
Jump to: Spoilers (3)
  • Rafiki's lithe appearance and dull colors make him more closely resemble a female mandrill.
  • Adult Simba roars atop Pride Rock, but the sound he makes is the typical Hollywood beefed-up roar rather than an actual lion vocalization. He also does the stereotypical wide-mouth yelling posture commonly associated with roaring, but actual full-blown lion roars are produced with the mouth in an almost closed position similar to a howling wolf. However, the roars used are NOT tiger roars, as is often stated. Tiger roars are actually higher-pitched than those of lions.
  • Zazu has a combination of features from different horn-bill species of the genus Tockus. His general plumage coloration resembles red-billed hornbills, specifically Tanzanian red-billed hornbills (Tockus ruahae), but his bill features a prominent casque which all red-billed horn-bill species uniquely lack, as well as being an orange-yellow color that is much more commonly found in both Southern and Eastern yellow-billed hornbills (T. leucomelas and T. flavirostris, respectively).
  • A group of gemsbok (Oryx gazella) are featured in the first teaser trailer even though the species is only found in southwestern Africa rather than the East African setting of the story. The similar and related East African oryx, specifically the beisa oryx (Oryx beisa beisa), would've been a more appropriate choice.
  • Rafiki's design seen throughout the promotional materials firmly establish him as a mandrill (as opposed to a baboon), resulting in him being very out of place as mandrills hail from the rain-forests of West Africa, as opposed to the East African Serengeti.
  • Timon being a meerkat flies pretty heavily in the face of the species' actual bio-geography given that meerkats are endemic to the Namib and Kalahari desert regions of southwestern Africa.
  • The rhinoceros beetle featured in the main trailer is most likely intended to be a centaurus beetle (Augosoma centaurus) which are only endemic to western equatorial Africa.
  • An African gray parrot is seen hitching a ride on an elephant's tusk in the international trailer despite not being native to southern Kenya.
  • The giraffes seen throughout the promotional materials, specifically resemble the Rothschild giraffe subspecies/ecotype.note Despite these giraffes presently only found in a select few protected regions of Uganda and western Kenya, their historical distribution was wider only a few centuries ago and possibly could've encompassed the Serengeti-Mara region proper alongside their cousins, the Maasai giraffe (G. c. tippelskirchi), which don't appear in any of the footage despite being the most common giraffe in the region.
  • Technically a lion wouldn't be able survive on just bugs, no matter how much protein they have. Simba at some point realistically would have become malnourished and may have been forced to eat other animals.
  • As in the original The Lion King (1994), South American leaf-cutter ants appear in Africa.
  • When we see young Pumbaa in flashback, he is clearly modelled on a juvenile wild boar rather than a warthog.
  • The horns on the gazelles are those of Thomson's gazelles, but their markings are closer to those of springbok (which are only found in southern Africa).
  • Galagos (bushbabies) are strictly nocturnal in real life, but here are seen frolicking with Timon and Pumbaa in broad daylight.
  • During Scar's reign the Pride lands presumably suffers a drought. That being the case it would be impossible for the lions to live without water even for a few days.
  • Lions live in matrilineal prides, so Nala should've become the Lion Queen.
  • Female lions don't shrink in fear from hyenas, they tear them to shreds.
  • Newborn cubs aren't presented to the pride. While the filmmakers tried to make baby Simba more "realistic" in the new movie by adding blue to his eyes to indicate the blindness cubs are born with, the truth is lionesses seclude themselves with their cubs for at least the first six weeks of their lives.
  • Simba and Nala would never mate. Given the pride dynamics, there's no way that Simba and Nala aren't related. At the very least, they're cousins, but more likely they're actually brother and sister. So they wouldn't be feeling the love tonight.
  • Adult lions never return to their birth prides. The only males that are allowed to stay around are those that are good breeders. In other words, that aren't related to everyone in the pack - as Simba would have been.
  • Lion prides are made up of related females and a few breeding males at most. Territories are passed down through the female line.
  • A pair of rollers are shown building a woven nest on a tree branch, even though real rollers nest in tree holes or cavities in termite mounds.
  • When Mufasa has to teach Simba a lesson it's still very light all around. By the time Simba walks up to him it's almost dark.
  • Numerous time in the film the animals walk from shade into sunlight without their eyes reacting.
  • Near the start when Mufasa says "Let me explain," to Simba, his mouth doesn't move.
  • Even though the animals of the Pride Lands are paying their respects to Simba as a new born cub the animals themselves would serve as prey for Simba and the other lions like in real life.
  • Nala incorrectly says "Lions attack!" during the climax. The word should had been "Lionesses" as the pride except Simba and Scar are females. Only males are known as 'lions'.
  • A Dik-dik is seen eating bugs alongside Timon, Pumbaa and the other insectivores, something they rarely if ever eat in real-life.


  • Scar's cover-up of his murder of Mufasa leaves a gaping hole, he sends Zazu to get the pride for help, and after the stampede, claims to the pride that he didn't reach the gorge in time to help Simba and Mufasa. Zazu is implied to have been exiled from the pride after Scar's take-over (given how the hyenas regularly try to eat him when he shows up), but considering Zazu still clearly regularly visited Pride Rock to relay information, it's a wonder how Scar's lie about not being able to make it to the gorge didn't get exposed by Zazu.
  • The pride doesn't come to Simba's defense when he confesses responsibility for Mufasa's death, even after he says it was an accident that happened when he was a cub, and Scar backs Simba to the cliff of Pride Rock and gloats to him about the look in Mufasa's eyes before his death. Whereas in the original The Lion King (1994) this was a more private conversation the others didn't hear, in the remake, once Simba turns the tables on Scar, Sarabi asks how Scar saw the look in Mufasa's eyes if he didn't make it to the gorge in time, proving that it wasn't a private conversation. If Sarabi could hear Scar admit he was lying, why didn't she try to step in sooner?
  • At the end, Scar walks opposite Simba on top of pride rock. He approaches the embers on the floor. We then see him approach the embers again from a greater distance.
Movie details provided by