Below is a list of mistakes that occur in The Lion King movie series.


Continuity Errors

  • When Simba is thrown free during the stampede, his whiskers briefly disappear.

Simba's whiskers briefly disappear

  • When Timon rides Pumbaa through the vultures that are crowding around Simba, they run right over where Simba should be, but he isn't there. Two seconds later, after all of the vultures are gone, Simba is back.
  • Nala's eyes appear to change from blue to green quite often during the film, but it is actually due to lighting.

When Simba and Nala fall through the dead elephant, there are some small rocks near them. But after Banzai says, "Here kitty kitty kitty," Simba makes a small roar and the rocks are gone.

  • During the wildebeest stampede in the gorge, when Simba jumps up on the dead branch, he leaves very distinct claw scratches. Then in the following scenes they are gone; however, other marks and details on the branch remain.
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Nala's eyes change color

  • When Rafiki is showing Simba where his father is, Simba is following Rafiki through the trees and they arrive at a river / lake. Rafiki shushes Simba and pulls the grass apart. Though he pulls away one side of the grass and the other side parts, as well without him moving it.
  • When Simba goes up to the water's edge expecting to see Mufasa, a ledge's reflection on the right disappears between shots, only to get replaced by tall grass.
  • When Rafiki dips his fingers in the orange paint to put a mane on Simba's picture, the paint isn't on his thumb. He raises his hand up close to the picture, then, a split second later in the next shot, the paint is on his thumb with which he starts to paint the mane. He did not have time to dip his hand in again.
  • After Pumbaa kisses Simba's feet, Timon says, "Don't! He's not the king," and he puts his hands on the middle of Pumbaa's snout. But in the very next shot, Timon's hands are now at the top of Pumbaa's snout.
  • The scleras of Simba's eyes change frequently throughout the film, from yellow to white. They are yellow up until the scene where Pumbaa, Timon, and Simba are stargazing; after that they change back and forth frequently. During the scene where Mufasa appears to him in the sky and Simba asks, "How can I go back?", they change from yellow to white and back within three frames. 
  • When Simba and the animals begin to tower up on each other towards the end of the song "I Just Can't Wait To Be King," a shot shows that the red elephants are close to the bottom of the animal tower. The camera begins to scan upwards and the antelope are towards the top where Simba and Nala show up. When the animals all fall and quick shots show how jumbled they get, a red elephant somehow ends up falling on top of an antelope's antlers which shouldn't be possible.

The mysteriously parted grass on the right side

  • When the three hyenas are chasing cub Simba, Banzai flies into a thorn patch. When he comes out, he is covered in thorns. Then he walks over to the edge with Shenzi, and all of the thorns that he didn't pull out are now gone.
  • When Simba pounces on Zazu, Zazu is facing backwards, but when Simba has Zazu pinned to the ground, his paws are on Zazu's front. Simba would hardly have released Zazu to let him turn around. On the 2003 DVD release, Zazu sings a song called "The Morning Report" which was deleted from the original release. Zazu's change in position comes from the material that was cut.
  • During the scene where cub Simba and Scar are talking about how Simba is going to "rule it all" and Scar explains about the elephant graveyard, the pads of Scar's paws change shape several times. Sometimes the pads are as they should be, but other times, they are covered with color.  
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    Timon's hand changes position

  • During Simba's presentation, two elephants kneel down. In the overhead shots before and after, there is only a group of three and one apart from the others.
  • When Scar pushes Shenzi and Banzai into the geysers, they go flying across the cave. But when Scar is tiptoeing up the ridge, Shenzi is right next to him. Then, when all three are in the bone pile, she's there as well (with the long skull in the middle).
  • When Mufasa confronts Scar after the ceremony, Scar walks away and Mufasa follows. Zazu has disappeared from his hiding spot behind Mufasa's leg and reappears later.
  • When the three hyenas are chasing Simba and Nala in the elephant graveyard, one of them is standing on top of a bone, and then in the next second, the bone is gone.
  • This is hard to see, but the number of whiskers on all the lions changes several times, especially on Simba. 
  • There are some sequences in the film in which young Simba doesn't have his whiskers, including some long shots of him in the "Morning Report" and "I Just Can't Wait to be King" musical numbers.
  • During the "Morning Report" sequence, when Simba hits his head on a rock, Mufasa says, "Let an old pro show you how it's done." While he said that, his eyes were yellow, then flickered white, then yellow again. Also, as the eye-changing happened, the number of whiskers he had changes.
  • In the "I Just Can't Wait To Be King" sequence, Simba sings, "Everybody look left, everybody look right," but the animals are moving in the wrong directions.
  • When Scar informs Simba that Mufasa is dead, Simba is seen having tear stains as he is crying. But, when Scar tells Simba to "run away and never return," his tear stains have vanished.
  • When Shenzi and Banzai attack Timon and Zazu, Banzai is next to the cage. When Banzai says: Who is the pig, Shenzi isn't next to him. A few seconds later Shenzi is next to the cage and Banzai is missing. After a few seconds, hyenas are in their original positions.It is also in this scene Shenzi's leg was oddly connected with body.
  • In the 1994 theatrical and 1995 home video releases of the film, at the end of the Elephant Graveyard sequence, Scar's shadow in the background is not facing the way his body is posing. This was corrected in the 2003 Platinum Edition release.
  • During Simba's climb up Pride Rock to reclaim the Pride Lands, he has no whiskers, and neither does Mufasa when he falls to his death.
  • After Mufasa's spirit tells Simba to "remember," Simba runs towards the retreating clouds that formed Mufasa's image. However, in the 2011 Diamond Edition release of the film, these retreating clouds were removed by mistake. They were restored and added back in the 2017 Signature Collection release onwards.
  • While Simba is running from his father's dead body, he jumps off a cliff and the sun is seen setting on his left side. However, as he walks away into the sunset, the sun has shifted position. This can be seen in the two images below: 
  • Before Simba and Nala tumble downhill into the elephant graveyard, Simba pounces on Nala but ends up getting pinned to the ground. At first, she has her paws on his chest, but when the shot changes, she holds him down by the upper arms instead.
  • Timon faces different directions on top of Pumbaa's snout after being asked about keeping Simba. At first, he looks at Simba over Pumbaa's snout, but all of a sudden, he has turned around and looking right into Pumbaa's eyes between shots.
  • In the scene where young Simba and Nala are singing, "I Just Can't Wait To Be King," and right before making faces at Zazu, Nala steps into the water with both front feet, but in the next shot, all her feet are firmly on dry ground.
  • During the stampede, the branch  which Simba hangs on changes shape between shots.
  • After reuniting with Simba, one of Nala's paws changes its place on the ground between shots. When Simba denies being the king, he begins to walk off screen to the left. Here, Nala stands several feet away from Timon. But by the next shot one of her paws is suddenly inches behind Timon instead.
  • At the beginning, when Rafiki puts the paint on the picture of Simba (on the tree trunk), the paint goes on a different color than it is. The film makers admit this mistake on the commentary.
  • Throughout the movie, every hyena is drawn with three toes on each paw. But in one shot when an off-screen hyena grabs Zazu in mid-flight to place him in the "birdie boiler", it has four toes instead. In the scene where the hyenas chase Simba out of the Pride Lands, Banzai has four toes when he tries to grab Simba with his claws.
  • When Timon and Pumbaa are inspecting unconscious Simba, Simba's paw is lying over his eye. In the next shot, right before Timon lifts the paw up, it has moved to below his eye.
  • When Simba and Nala are in the elephant graveyard, Simba goes to see if "its brains are still in there" and he is past the base of the trunk. However, when Zazu pops up in front of him, he hasn't passed the base of the tusk yet.
  • When Timon is asleep on Pumbaa's belly, Nala approaches. From one shot to the next, Timon's arms are crossed differently.
  • After we see a slow motion shot of Scar jumping through the wall of fire towards Simba, watch how Simba's teeth go from clenched to unclenched between shots as he hurls Scar over the cliff's edge.

  • Towards the end of "I Just Can't Wait to Be King," eleven giraffes stand in a circular formation to launch Simba and Nala high into the air. But on their way back down in the next frame, an overhead view reveals ten giraffes instead.
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    branch changes shape

  • When Simba walks away from the jungle and Timon says, "He looks blue," Simba is at a fair distance from the shadow of the tree. But a few shots later, Pumbaa comes to Simba and asks, "Kid, what's eatin' ya?" and Simba is now closer to the shadow of the tree.
  • After cracking a joke about the food chain, Timon bursts into laughter and starts poking Simba with his elbow. Timon goes missing for the length of one shot but soon reappears in place, where he cuts his laughter short.
  • When Timon starts singing "Can You Feel the Love Tonight", he and Pumbaa are watching Simba and Nala retreat from behind a moss covered log. But from one shot to the next, Pumbaa switches positions to the log's opposite side.
  • After Timon and Pumbaa rescue Simba, they take him to an oasis. After Timon wets him, the leaves behind Simba change shape.
  • As Zazu is coasting above Simba and Nala on their way to the water hole, Zazu's head immediately changes between cuts. At first he's turned left, then down towards the cubs below him.
  • After Scar warns Mufasa never to turn his back on him, he turns away and walks gingerly out of the cave. Scar is about to take a step with his right paw immediately before the shot changes. Once it does, his left paw takes the next step instead.
  • When Shenzi and Banzai have Timon and Zazu cornered, Banzai's left paw jumps from the cave floor to the top of the rib cage prison between frames.
  • When Timon collects a leaf full of insects and grub for Simba to enjoy, the leaf casts no shadow on the ground initially. However from the next angle it does.
  • Right after Simba grows into an adult during "Hakuna Matata", Timon walks onto Pumbaa's head and stands directly above his eyes. But once everybody starts singing together in the following shot, Timon has changed position and is now standing behind Pumbaa's black mane instead.
  • As Rafiki leads Simba through the bushes to that Mufasa is still alive, he sticks out his left hand and brings Simba to a halt. When the shots change, Rafiki can be seen holding his thumb in very different positions.
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Timon changes directions between shots

  • During "I Just Can't Wait to Be King", Zazu stands between some zebras who lift their tails high into the air. But just before the shot changes, watch as Zazu's shadow vanishes prematurely.
  • After the elephant graveyard hyena incident, there is a very wide shot of Simba and Nala trailing behind Mufasa and Zazu in the open field. Nala looks over at Simba, but in the next frame, she is staring at the ground instead.
  • After Simba's presentation, Mufasa and Zazu confront Scar in a cave. Right before Scar walks offscreen,  how Zazu changes his position. When Zazu snaps at Scar by saying "Pity. Why not?", he's standing right between both of Mufasa's front paws. But from one frame to the next he's significantly further away from them.
  • During Simba and Scar's showdown near the end, Simba gets smacked to the ground at one point. Upon landing, his right paw comes to rest beside his ear. However, one shot later, Simba's paw cannot be seen near the ear where it is supposed to be.
  • During Pumbaa's flashback scene in "Hakuna Matata" where he joins several other animals by the waterhole for a drink, an elephant with notches on its right ear gets a whiff of him and dashes away. But just before the elephant runs off its ear suddenly has no notches, but smooth edges instead.
  • At one point during "I Just Can't Wait to Be King," when both Simba and Nala are exchanging lines on either side of Zazu, their reflections disappear from the water between shots.
  • At one point during "Hakuna Matata" Timon raises Pumbaa high into the air with a vine. As Simba  from below, the sun casts a long shadow behind him. In the following shot, however, a shadow appears beneath him - as if the sun were located directly above.
  • In one shot during "Hakuna Matata" Timon bites through half of a red and black bug, calling it piquant and pleasantly crunchy. He holds the other half in his left hand, and at first one of its hind legs is noticeably intact. But this hind leg suddenly vanishes as Timon is enjoying the flavor (it doesn't visibly fall off for instance - it simply disappears into thin air).
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Two front paws move to dry land

  • When the three hyenas (Ed, Shenzi and Banzai) have Simba and Nala trapped in a dark corner of the elephant graveyard, Mufasa suddenly jumps in to save them. After he wrangles the hyenas to the ground, look at how Mufasa's left paw is placed right beside Ed's ear. But in the next shot where they're begging for mercy, Mufasa's paw is all of a sudden positioned further down by Ed's feet.
  • In the scene where Pumbaa gets jammed beneath a large tree root while trying to avoid being eaten by Nala, Timon runs over and tries to dislodge him from behind. Before Simba appears out of nowhere to pounce on Nala, notice how there's a large weed growing near the root on Pumbaa's left side. But just several shots later when Timon starts cheering Simba on, the weed vanishes.
  • During Timon's hula dance diversion in front of the starving hyenas, Pumbaa sits on a pile of leaves with an apple at his side. As soon as their act is over, Timon and Pumbaa run away - but notice how the apple and leaves have suddenly vanished.
  • When Simba is running from the trio of hyenas that Scar sent out to kill him, he is forced to stop in his tracks at the foot of a steep cliff. Down at the bottom are thorn patches, and the sun casts a shadow on their right sides. Obviously this implies that it's setting on the left hand side of the cliff - and it's visible on that horizon moments later as he tumbles down the face. Once Simba clears the bushes and heads off into exile, Banzai shouts "If you ever come back, we'll kill you!" At this point notice how Simba is chasing the sunset, but now it's in an entirely different location - opposite the cliff face.
  • When Nala tells Simba that she is taking her bath, Sarabi tells him "And it's time for yours," and picks him up in her mouth. Her head was animated but not her body (which remains in a sitting position) so her neck appears to stretch a few feet to reach Simba.
  • When Timon and Pumbaa save Simba, Timon lies on a bit of dry land. Its shape changes between shots.
  • In the scene where Mufasa and Simba are at the very top of Pride Rock and Mufasa is explaining the kingdom to Simba, one of the hand written sequence markers on the gel print is not removed. In the shot that zooms in on Simba just after the camera pans around them, there are two frames where the number 45 appear just to the left of Simba's tail.
  • As Zazu, Simba and Nala are being confronted by the hyenas, Banzai says, "A trio of trespassers." Zazu's tail is somewhere out of sight at the moment, but between shots it abruptly lifts itself into view.
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Nala's paw suddenly closer to Timon

* When Zazu is screaming to be let out from the rib cage prison, his wings are holding onto different ribs between shots.
  • In the scene where Rafiki takes his stick and makes short work of several hyenas, he alternates from using one hand to hold the stick, then two, between shots.
  • During the last notes of "I Just Can't Wait to Be King", a rhinoceros lands on top of Zazu. At first the rhino's front hooves are resting at its side. But in the following shot where the other animals retreat, they're suddenly planted firmly on the ground.
  • When walking through the jungle to find some grub with Simba and Timon during "Hakuna Matata," Pumbaa belches and says, "I'm starved." However, between shots, he disappears from Simba's left side.
  • One shot before Simba and Nala exchange lines on either side of Zazu during "I Just Can't Wait to Be King," Simba leaps to the opposite edge of a small pool of water. But notice how Zazu has been animated with a completely translucent reflection and, here, we can see the of Simba right through him, which shouldn't happen.
  • In the open field where Simba gets scolded by Mufasa, he happens upon a large paw print in the dirt. An overhead view reveals several blades of grass near the impression (on the lower left hand side in particular), but as Simba begins walking once again in the following shot, no blades of grass can be seen anywhere in the vicinity.
  • During "Hakuna Matata," Timon hoists Pumbaa high into the air from a vine. The excess length of vine gathers up on the ground at Timon's side - only to vanish just two shots later at the point where Simba sings his piece.
  • As Simba walks along a fallen tree by the waterfalls, Nala pleads with him to overthrow Scar and take his place as the rightful king of Pride Rock. But notice how his posture changes dramatically between shots. Right before Simba snaps back at Nala, his head is hung low enough to the ground so that his entire backbone is visible, but then it's suddenly lifted to an alert position in the following shot.
  • When Simba is lying on a rock awaiting Scar's surprise at the base of the gorge, he tries to intimidate a nearby chameleon with his (weak) roar. The shot changes and Simba finally scares it away, but notice how the rock has disappeared. Now all we can see is a blurry background of the gorge's edge. When Zazu is flying overhead leading Simba and Nala to the water hole, he swoops down and begins talking about their future as a married pair. Initially Zazu's tail is resting near the ground. But from one frame to the next, it's suddenly perched straight up in the air.
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    paws change position

    When the three hyenas are chasing cub Simba, Banzai flies into a thorn patch. When he comes out, he is covered in thorns. Then he walks over to the edge with Shenzi, and all of the thorns are gone (the ones he did not pull out).
  • When Rafiki comes to the pride rock for Simba's anointing, one minute he is walking through the assembled animals, the next he climbs onto the top of the rock from the front. Physically, even for an ape, it is impossible. It's a deliberate mistake, obviously his arrival would have been much less impressive if he had had to climb the mountain from the side in a slow but realistic way.
  • During Pumbaa's flashback scene in "Hakuna Matata" he pauses at the waterhole's shoreline for a drink. At first he's standing on dry ground, but then all of a sudden his front paws are submerged in water one shot later.
  • When Scar is circling Ed during or just before singing "Be Prepared," from the front Ed's tongue is hanging out. But from the side / back view, where the tongue should still be visible, it's gone.
  • In the very first scene in the film, where Scar is playing with the mouse, the size of the mouse relative to Scar changes between shots. When he's rolling it over his 'fingers' we can see that its body is roughly the same size as a finger, but while it's pinned down as Scar talks to Zazu it seems much smaller than that. Finally, when the mouse escapes, it's much larger than it was in the beginning.
  • During Simba's presentation, two elephants kneel down. In the overhead shots before and after, there is only a group of three and one apart from the others.
  • When Scar appears atop of the rock to give the hyenas the signal to start the stampede, there is no the scar on his eye.
  • In the scene where Simba tries convincing Scar that Mufasa's death was an accident, he stands an inch or two apart from Mufasa's left paw. Once the angle changes, Scar reaches out to comfort Simba, but Simba is now positioned closer to Mufasa's face instead.
  • After Simba first hears about the elephant graveyard, he eagerly runs over to tell Nala about it. Sarabi, resting in the shade at the bottom of the hill, spontaneously appears out of nowhere on the rock.
  • When Mufasa confronts Scar after the ceremony, Scar walks away and Mufasa follows. Zazu has disappeared from his hiding spot behind Mufasa's leg and reappears later.
  • When the three hyenas are chasing Simba and Nala in the elephant graveyard, one of them is on top of a bone, then second the bone is gone.

Factual Errors

  • When Mufasa is showing Simba the kingdom from Pride Rock they are facing the sun, yet Pride Rock's shadow is visible below them. Also in the same position, you see that they have shadows behind them. Then a few seconds later, when Simba asks about the shadowy place, their shadows are in front of them while you can see part of the sun to their left side. They would be facing south when the sun is east. How are their shadows in front of them?
  • When Mufasa is initially showing Simba the Pride Lands, they are facing the rising sun - in other words east. Simba asks about "that shadowy place" which is off to the right, and is told he must never go there. When Simba is later telling Scar about seeing the whole kingdom, Scar says "He didn't tell you what's beyond that rise on the northern border." It is the same place that Mufasa was talking about, as Simba says he isn't allowed to go there, but if it was to the right as they faced east, it would have been the southern border of the Pride Lands.
  • When Simba and Nala meet as young adults, they rub heads and begin to purr. Lions can purr, but they only purr when they exhale and Simba and Nala were purring when inhaling and exhaling, like house cats.
  • During the scene "I Just Can't Wait To Be King" when animals begin to tower up on each other with Simba revealed at the top, there are anteaters on the tower, flicking their tongues out. Giant Anteaters, in fact all anteaters, are restricted to South America meaning that none exist in Africa. A more appropriate choice would have been Aardvarks or even Aardwolves which both have long tongues, but this is probably as much for show as for ignorance.
  • During Simba's presentation, he has yellow eyes, although lion cubs aren't born with yellow eyes. Their eyes are grey or blue at birth and change to yellow as the cub enters the adolescent stage.
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tall grass replaces stone ledge

  • Mount Kilimanjaro is shown at the beginning of the film, hinting that it takes place in Tanzania; however, in the Timon & Pumbaa episode "Can't Take A Yolk," Banzai says that they (the hyenas) live in Kenya. This may be because in the second film, Nuka mentions that the surviving hyenas ran away from the Pride Lands. 
  • While this film popularizes the representation of hyenas as whimsical, jesting scavengers, this has proven to be factually incorrect. Hyenas, unlike their film representation, are talented and dangerous hunters, hunting over 90% of what they consume; statistically, lions are more responsible for scavenging and stealing the kills of hyenas rather than the other way around. In addition to this, the hyenas in this film are misrepresented as constantly joking and laughing over trivial matters, when in reality the infamous "laughter" of hyenas is nothing more than a nervous reaction as well as a sign of submission.
  • During "Can You Feel the Love Tonight", Simba's reflection in the water isn't consistent - the rocks he's standing on are closer to the water than they appear in the reflection.

Possibly Deliberate Errors

  • During the "Circle of Life" opening sequence, Zazu bows to Mufasa, who smiles and nods at him and Rafiki enters on the ground in front of Pride Rock and then evidently levitates to the tip where Mufasa is sitting. Although his feet are shown climbing some gently sloping rocks, the slanted edge of Pride Rock is many feet in the air making it impossible for Rafiki to climb that high.
  • At the elephant graveyard, cub Simba claws Shenzi in the face. A few seconds later, when Mufasa saves Simba from the hyenas, the cuts are gone. This may have been done intentionally for two reasons, the first being, Disney doesn't let fresh scars linger on the screen too long. Secondly, during that same scene when Mufasa rescues Simba and Nala, he claws Banzai in the butt. To stress the point later in the film, that severe scar is also shown, but only briefly, it also disappears because of reason one.
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scars disappear instantly

  • When Simba starts the final verse of "Hakuna Matata," Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa dive into the water. When Timon dives into the water, there is a splash. Ironically, when Pumbaa dives into the water, there is no splash, although he clearly has a larger body mass. It is possible that this was deliberately done for comedic effect.
  • Rafiki is supposed to be a mandrill, but mandrills do not have tails. In the recently released Extended-Version DVD, there is a commentary by an animator who specifically admits that he knew that mandrills do not have tails (at least not like the length that Rafiki sports throughout the movie), but he put one on him anyway to make him more monkey-like.
  • As the rain extinguishes the fire at Pride Rock, Simba passes Zazu, who bows to him and you see him mouthing words to Simba. The words "Your Majesty!" were cut out of the film, in order to have a poignant silent moment. This is also confirmed in the commentary.

Continuity Errors


Young Kovu's mane flashes black

  • As Nuka approaches Vitani while complaining, his mane suggests that he is a young adult. However, when he comes into view, his mane disappears. When Nuka and Vitani go to the Elephant Graveyard, he turns back into a teenager as Vitani picks up her lit shoot. This happens again after the geyser erupts and again when Zira and Nuka observe Kovu's progress.
  • In Simba's nightmare, the wildebeest stampede is moving from right to left below Mufasa, while in the first film, the stampede was moving from left to right. Though it might be caused by a distortion of memories.
  • Zira scratched Kovu across the face and gave him a scar on his right eye earlier in the film. As Zira plummets to her death, they show Kovu choking back tears. Look closely, and you will see that his scar has miraculously disappeared. This is due to the animators reusing the animation of Kovu sighing before turning to tell Kiara about Zira's plan.
    • Kovu's scar also disappears when Kovu and Kiara are jumping to stop the battle.

Kovu's scar briefly disappears

  • When Kovu says, "Who are you, Pridelander?", his mane turns from brown to black for a split second.
  • Towards the end of the film, Kovu's brown mane seems to be splashed with some of Simba's red.[1]
  • When Zira is singing "My Lullaby," the notch on her ear changes from one ear to the other. It does this four times by the end of the song.
  • When Simba and young adult Kovu are walking through the burnt forest, they are ambushed by the Outsiders. But when there is the aerial shot of them walking, the Outsiders are nowhere to be seen on the DVD widescreen version of the film.
  • Toward the end of the song "Not One Of Us" when Kovu is running away and the birds are chasing him, Simba is standing on Pride Rock looking down at Kovu. In the next shot of Pride Rock, Simba is gone, but in the next shot, Simba is back, in the same position as in the first shot.
  • In the scene where Zira and Kiara are rolling down the cliffs near the end, watch carefully and in one shot we see both of them roll over an edge, and then another Kiara rolls down and grabs on to stop falling.
  • When Nuka and Vitani are at the Elephant Graveyard igniting their sticks to set the Pride Lands ablaze, Vitani is first drawn with dark ear stripes. There is a close-up of her rolling her eyes at Nuka and the ear stripes are not colored in, but the lines indicating where they are present. When the stick ignites and Vitani grabs it, the stripes are back. The stripes disappear again when Vitani is setting some dry grass on fire. This mistake is repeated throughout the film.
  • During the final battle, the number of lionesses changes dramatically. When the two prides are standing in line, there are dozens on both sides. However, when Kovu and Kiara see the battle from across the gorge, there only appear to be ten at most. Also, both Zira and Simba are gone as well as any of the existing land formations such as Zira's rock.
There was a mistake similar to this that was corrected stating that Disney would not show dead lions or that some lionesses had run away, but this happens all in one quick sequence and all of the lions are back once Kovu and Kiara intervene. Also, that doesn't explain the missing characters or land formations.
  • At the end, just before the final fight scene, Zira's pride is lined up with Zira in the center on a rock, placing her above the others. Shortly after you see a close up of her with a couple of lionesses beside her - at the same height as her. They disappear in the next shot of her. This can be seen in the images below:
  • When Rafiki is in the tree and Mufasa formulates a plan, there is a gourd that falls and breaks and Rafiki then picks it up to symbolize the plan. Then he says "Are you crazy? This will never work!" and makes a hand gesture, meaning that he dropped the gourd pieces. However, they are not visible in the overhead shot when he says, "I just hope you know what you are doing!"
  • The bite notch on Zira's ear changes ears throughout the movie.
  • After the song "Love Will Find a Way" when Kovu and Kiara are peering into the water and Kovu says, "We are one," the scar on Kovu's face is on the wrong eye.
  • After Simba admits that he was wrong about Kovu, Kiara nuzzles Kovu. But look closely, and you see that Kiara has the "Outsider nose" instead of her normal nose!
  • Throughout most of the film, Vitani's eyes are blue, but when she and Nuka are igniting their sticks to burn the Pride Lands, her eyes are red (though this could have been due to the hazy atmosphere of the Elephant Graveyard).
  • When Zira angrily slashes Kovu horizontally after Nuka dies, his scar is vertical. This can be seen in the two images below:
  • When Kovu and Kiara reunite in "Love Will Find a Way," Kiara doesn't seem to notice the fact that Kovu now has a scar across his left eye.
  • During Simba's dream sequence, Kovu emerges from Scar's silhouette with a scratch along his left eye; however, he has not met back with Zira, who inflicts the damage later in the film.
  • When Simba allows Kovu to come inside the den for the first time, an angle from behind indicates that they are near the entrance of the den; however, it then switches to an angle that shows them a fair distance away from it. This can be seen in the two images below:
  • During the final battle between the Pridelanders and the Outsiders, Zira frequently refers to the enemy as males. For example, "Break his jaw! Hit him low!"; however, none of the Pridelanders (except Simba) are male.
  • At the end of the film, as the lionesses sit in a circle atop Pride Rock, a lioness (possibly Vitani due to her colors) can be seen sat next to Nala; however, when Simba, Nala, Kovu and Kiara stand to ascend to the peak, the lioness is gone.
  • In the beginning of the film, as in the first film, trees can be seen on the back of Pride Rock, but later in the film, these trees are gone. This is particularly noticeable in the shots where Pride Rock is viewed from the back.
  • When Zira and Nuka watching Kovu, Nuka's eyes are blue for a few seconds.
  • In the VHS release, Kovu screams when one crocodile attacks him. However, in the Special Edition release, this scene is changed.
  • Despite the phrase "follow in one's footsteps" being changed to "follow in his pawsteps" for one of Zira's lines, she went on to use the phrase "hand-chosen" even though lions do not have hands.

Factual Errors

  • Near the end of "Not One Of Us," when Kovu is exiled, the beisa oryx at the front of the animal chorus (the one shaking her head slowly) has incorrect facial markings for her species. The other beisa oryx in the background has the correct markings. When she sings the "He is not one of us" solo, she has correct facial markings, but lacks the correct leg markings, which she had when her facial markings were incorrect.
  • In reality, lions aren't known to have opposable thumbs, but Simba has one when he rescues Kiara after Zira falls into the river.

Audio Errors

  • During "My Lullaby," where teenage Nuka makes his comment (which, at the end of it, makes young Vitani push him off the rock / tree stump, he is still calmly singing his line about half a second after Vitani pushes him off.

Continuity Errors

  • Throughout this movie, some of the characters from the first movie are given new scenes. The problem is that in these scenes they don't look very much like their first movie counterparts. The obvious example here is Nala when she's explaining the whole Simba VS Scar thing to Timon and Pumbaa - her face is not only a different shape, but she's a completely different color.
  • In this movie Timon meets Rafiki on his journey for a new home and learns of Hakuna Matata. This was way before he met Simba. In the original Lion King when Simba is an adult and meets Rafiki, Timon says "Who's the monkey." Putting the two movies events together Timon should have known who Rafiki was, Only one possible answer is that Timon over the years had forgotten who Rafiki was, but quickly remembered him later on.
  • When Rafiki is telling Timon "It means - Look beyond what you see," there is a glitch in the shading on Rafiki's left arm just before he moves his palm upwards and gestures. It disappears before he raises his hand.
  • Timon and Pumbaa settle down for the night just behind Pride Rock after Simba's presentation. The next morning Timon is awakened by Simba, Nala and the other animals singing "I Just Can't Wait To Be King." This is impossible, because Simba would have had to have grown overnight into a young cub. However, it's possible that they actually stayed there for longer than it was shown.
  • Another problem with the same scene is that Timon and Pumbaa's settlement is behind Pride Rock, while the Elephant Graveyard is said to be north of Pride Rock (diagonally to the right if looking out over Pride Rock). Simba has gone in the wrong direction.
  • When Mufasa is shown racing to save Simba and Nala from the hyenas in the Elephant Graveyard, Zazu's white underbelly has not been drawn in.
  • In the credits, Zazu, the hornbill that is adviser to King Mufasa, is incorrectly listed as "Zasu." Zazu's name in the credits was not corrected in the 2012 special edition.
  • After Timon and Pumbaa make a joke at the hyenas, Banzai, Shenzi and Ed go after them while Simba and Scar are at the top of Pride Rock. In the original movie, they are seen there as well when Scar tells Simba it is the fault of the hyenas, which subsequently leads to Scar being killed by the hyenas. So, how could the hyenas have heard Scar called them "the enemies" if they are going down from the top of Pride Rock to go after Timon and Pumbaa? Only one possible answer is that the hyenas heard Scar called them "the enemies," and then went after Timon and Pumbaa.
  • When the tower of animals collapses in the "I Just Can't Wait To Be King" sequence and all of the animals are lying in a heap, the visible sable antelope is drawn incorrectly. His white facial markings that he had in the tower and when the elephant fell on his horns are gone, and he simply has a white muzzle instead. Also, the giraffe that is the middle of the heap has no horns.
  • Also during the "I Just Can't Wait to be King" sequence, all of the animals fall into a giant heap. In the original movie, every animal did not fall into a heap, they all ran away, leaving Zazu crushed underneath a rhino.
  • The Lion King 1½ may have contradicted the original Lion King film during Simba’s ceremonial presentation. When Timon finds his first dream home, we see Rafiki has risen Simba to be seen by the animals. But, when Timon and Pumbaa enter the animal crowd, they are standing constantly still compared to the original film in which the animals are exuberant over the new prince. Also, Pumbaa makes the animals in the back row pass out; but in the final shot of the "Circle of Life" sequence in the original Lion King film, it appears none of the animals in the back row have passed out.
  • During "Circle of Life" the sky is colored the wrong color from the movie. Also, In the original movie it looks as if the animals spread miles wide, but in this movie the number of animals decreases. There are also no Birds, Gorillas, Meerkats (other than Timon), or Flamingos in Simba's presentation.
  • In the scene where Timon and Pumbaa are "sabotaging" "Can You Feel the Love Tonight", they are launched into a tree causing a swarm of butterflies to surround Simba and Nala. In the original film, there were no butterflies.
  • Canyoufeelthelovetonight

    In original film

    After Timon and Pumbaa see Simba running off after arguing with Nala, seconds later, Mufasa's spirit appears. In the original film, it took a length of minutes for Simba to have seen Mufasa's spirit as he had to meet Rafiki first to see him. So, it is impossible, in a matter of seconds, for Simba to have met Rafiki and chased him to several places to see his father's spirit. Additionally, Mufasa's spirit isn't in the same form as it first appeared in the original film. His whole body is seen in the original Lion King, but this film, it shows only his head.

In sequel of film

  • When Timon and Pumbaa are in the latter half of the Elephant Graveyard seeing the hyenas marching, the music from the beginning verse of "Be Prepared" is heard as they tour Scar's lair as a possible new home, but in the original Lion King film, different music was playing. Also, the shadows of the goose-stepping hyenas are seen marching aside of them, but they aren't heard singing.
  • Near the end of the snail-slurping contest, there are five snails Timon is eating. One of the snails that Timon eats disappears before the last one becomes an image of Pumbaa.
  • When Simba and Nala recognize each other again in this film, Timon and Pumbaa are not where they originally were in the original film. (Note: In the original Lion King film, Pumbaa was still stuck in the tree root while Timon was atop of the tree root watching Simba and Nala reconcile after their fighting. But, in this film, Timon and Pumbaa are where they were when they started to sing "Can You Feel the Love Tonight".)
  • In the original film, Nala asks Timon and Pumbaa if they had seen Simba since last night in which Timon replies, "We thought he was with you!" However, in this film, both Timon and Pumbaa see Simba leaving Nala after having an argument, and Timon rejoices over their separation.
  • At the end of the movie, when Ma and Uncle Max come to help, Simba jumps in Scar instantly after the lightning strikes the dry grass. But in the original movie, goes a little more time, because Scar at that moment was saying his secret.
  • In the original film, the large rock formation in the Oasis had one waterfall[2], but in most scenes in this film, it has multiple waterfalls. [3].
  • In the first film when Timon was doing the hula multiple hyenas chased Timon and Pumbaa, but in The Lion King 1½, only the trio was seen chasing them.
  • During the "Circle of Life" sequence, Pumbaa's flatulence is due to his claustrophobia, but when the hyena clan is about to attack Timon and Pumbaa in the climax, he doesn't fart.
  • If you look closely when the hyena clan are about to attack Timon and Pumbaa, a hyena behind Banzai has the same hair as Shenzi, but after Timon proposed to Shenzi it's hair was like
  • When the hyena clan slides down the collapsed tunnel, the amount of hyenas on screen decreases largely in comparison to those at the top. 
  • When Timon completes the tunnel at the end of the film, Shenzi is at the end of the tunnel, but when the hyenas are seen sliding down the tunnel, she is in the front of the tunnel.
  • When Timon and Pumbaa are at Simba's presentation, the topi is miscolored.
  • When Pumbaa is making bug-kebabs, on the stump next to him is the face of Mickey Mouse. Two cadres later, the face is gone.
  • When panning out from Pride Rock, the Elephant Graveyard is mistakenly placed on the right side of Pride Rock, rather than the left where it is seen in the first film.

Continuity Errors

  • In the opening scene, Bunga jumps onto a tree beneath Pride Rock. This tree is absent later in the film as well as in the film's follow-up series The Lion Guard.[4]

Animation Errors

  • Beshte appears with a torn ear during the baboon chase scene.[5]


  • The old cover from the Blu-ray version of The Lion King had some mistakes with the characters. In the old version, Nala's face was different, as her eyes were more slanted and brown. She had whiskers, her head structure was different, and her eyebrows were larger. Rafiki's face wrong as well, for his eyes were wide apart from each other, and his nose pores were visible. Simba's face was given a few additions in the new Blu-ray cover, and the same goes for Pumbaa (his eyes on the old cover were white instead of yellow). Timon didn't have dark eyelids. However, all of these mistakes were changed for the new Blu-ray cover.


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