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Technically, The Lion King first originated from a treatment titled "King of the Kalahari" written by Thomas Dirsch in 1988 who submitted to the Disney studios. The treatment started production of King of the Jungle in 1989 which was later retitled as The Lion King.

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Thomas S. Disch, author of The Brave Little Toaster, wrote a treatment titled "King of the Kalahari" and submitted to the Disney studios, but he received no credit as Disney considered his treatment work-for-hire in 1988. Roger Allers, after serving as story supervisor for Beauty and the Beast, joined the project when it was called King of the Jungle in 1991. Allers along with Don Hahn, Rob Minkoff, Gary Trousdale, and Kirk Wise worked for six weeks to try to develop the story. The next year, screenwriters Irene Mecchi and Jonathan Roberts worked together to lighten the overall dark mood of the story. Also, the filmmakers went to Africa to take photographs of African animals and the landscapes to use for the film's scenery.

Aladdin co-lyricist Tim Rice also signed on to compose new songs, and requested Elton John's involvement. Wanting African culture to be included in the film, the filmmakers requested Power of One composer Hans Zimmer to score the film; Zimmer also brought South African composer Lebo M onto the project.

The animation for the film was done at the Feature Animation studio facility in Glendale, California and at the Disney-MGM studios in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Through the entire production of the film, The Lion King was considered a "B-movie" compared to Pocahontas, which was in production at this time, as Disney Feature Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg considered the latter more prestigious and Oscar-worthy.

For more, read www.lionking.org/text/FilmNotes.html and watch the bonus features on Disc 2 of The Lion King Platinum Edition DVD

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Pretty much the entire story team who are Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, and Linda Woolverton wrote the storyline for The Lion King including 25 writers who composed the story and contributed additional story material. All of their names are seen in the end credits of the film and are listed on the film's page on imdb.com.

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If we are talking about Disney's The Lion King it is Disney's own, original story influenced by Shakerspeare's Hamlet and the Biblical story of Moses, for examples. The screen play was mostly written by Irene Mecchi and Jonathan Roberts. This is all revealed on Disc 2 of the DVD release.

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The Lion King was written by Irene Mecchi and Jonathan Roberts and directed by Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff.

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The Lion King film was made by Disney although they don't confirm it, the story was clearly based on Japan's Kimba the White Lion.

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The Lion King was directed by Roger Allers

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The Lion King was first shown in North America on June 15, 1994 : El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles and Radio City Music Hall in New York City .

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