Timon and Pumbaa were instrumental in raising Simba after the lamentable demise of his dad Mufasa in Walt Disney’s The Lion King. Without them, Simba would have never received the lighthearted reasoning of hakuna matata, isn’t that so? Not exactly.
In this at no other time seen discussion between Matthew Broderick (the voice of grown-up Simba), Nathan Lane (Timon), and Disney Theatrical Group president Tom Schumacher, we discover that Simba was initially motivated by Ferris Bueller, the garrulous adolescent character played by Broderick in 1986’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The recording was recouped from the cutting room floor for The Lion King’s Walt Disney Signature Collection discharge, out carefully August 15 and on Blu-beam August 29.
“The whole idea was that Simba didn’t run off with Timon and Pumbaa,” Schumacher explains in clip, exclusively on MTV News. “Scar was going to kill Simba the same time he kills Mufasa. He’s holding Simba in his mouth, and he’s about to break his neck. Everyone comes in and says, ‘Oh my gosh, you saved him from the stampede!”
“The idea was [Simba] was going to grow up with Scar, and be the goof-off kid” he continues. “It was all supposed to be this… Ferris Bueller, goofing around, delightful scamp.”
The story was eventually rewritten, but Broderick’s casting thankfully stuck. While it’s impossible to know what would have happened if Simba was raised by his evil uncle Scar, the lion cub ultimately did inherit some of Ferris Bueller’s more mischievous traits. Just ask Zazu.1 of 1