The lyrics to one of Disney’s greatest songs in history aren’t quite as deep as you first thought, and I apologize in advance.
The loved one The Lion King is now 28 years old, and one of the most legendary songs in animated history apparently translates to “lazily written” lyrics.
Performed by Lebo M, “The Circle of Life” remains an iconic song, setting the tone for the African-influenced soundtrack.
While much of the song is sung in English, the chorus opens with Zulu lines.
The infamous words are: “Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba Sithi uhm ingonyama.
‘Nants ingonyama bagithi baba Sithi uhhmm ingonyama Ingonyama Siyo Nqoba Ingonyama Ingonyama nengw’ enamabala.”
Which translates into a seemingly disappointing line: “Here’s a lion, father, Oh yes, it’s a lion.
“There’s a lion, father, Oh yes it’s a lion.
“A lion that we will conquer, a lion, a lion and a leopard come to this open place.”
Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen, who play Timon and Pumbaa in the remake, called the lyrics “lazily written” in a recent Capital FM interview, adding that they “weren’t hugely creative”. Yeah.
Whatever your opinion of the translated lyrics, there’s no doubting the Disney film’s iconic status. In fact, the 1994 film has grossed over $1 billion (£770,000) worldwide since hitting the big screen almost three decades ago.
The man who provided the voice to sing That of the Lion King Young Simba even turned down a $2m (£1.45m) fee in favor of a much more lucrative deal based on the film’s royalties.
Jason Weaver told Vlad TV he turned down the fee because his mother advised him to turn it down and go for the royalties instead, and it’s fair to say Weaver hasn’t regretted his decision.
Weaver said: “Disney had a reputation for re-releasing stuff. I think at the time they released Sleeping Beauty and some of their old catalog from when Walt Disney was alive.
“They were releasing this stuff when they were releasing the new Disney stuff, so she [his mum] could see the playground and say, “Wait a minute, this is going to make a lot of money over time, so what will happen when my son turns 40?” Will he be able to get a check for it when they finally reissue it.'”
Weaver’s mother renegotiated the deal so that her son would receive a $100,000 (£70,000) package, but receive a share of the royalties.
It turned out to be a smart move for Weaver, who revealed he had more than made up for refusing the initial offer in the payments he had received over the years.
Weaver didn’t reveal exactly how much he earned, but I suspect he’s not missing a few pounds.