Even if it has been nearly three decades since the original Disney animated movie The lionking became one of the greatest animated critical successes of all time, some fans are just now making a bizarre discovery about one of the voice actors in the classic film. It seems that despite the cast included many famous faces, some people are only just realizing that Zazu’s voice is none other than Mr. Bean actor Rowan Atkinson.
I’ve always been a fan of playing ‘guess the voice’ when watching animated features, so this news comes as no surprise to me, but it seems that unlike James Earl Jones, whose signature tone Mufasa is so In an iconic voice that he couldn’t be replaced in the 2019 live-action remake, 66-year-old Atkinson’s participation is something that has gone unnoticed by many, only justifiable by suggesting that if Mr. Bean, he doesn’t actually talk much. However, for anyone who knows Atkinson’s other work, such as Black Adder, the Johnny English movies or his turns in the likes of Love actually and Celebrate weddings and a funeral, there really is no excuse.
Whether it’s just something American, or just one of those really unusual anomalies of life, it looks like a TikTok video posted by movie fan Ryan__M, explaining his disbelief about the discovery, sparked off a whole wave of fellow fans. longing for it add their own surprise in comments to the video. The short clip is provided Rowan Atkinson I read Zazu’s role on the song “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King”, and has been viewed over 2 million times on the popular social media app.
Among the comments, user Raiganlegge00 said “How did I not know this ??”, while Stephmcintoshx added: “Omg 30 and just found this out.” and Romeo, I wait, said, “I thought his voice was familiar – this all makes sense now.”
For those unaware of the great cast involved in the original animated classic, let me run through some of the other voices that may have a familiar ring to it. Whoopi Goldberg and the voice of Whinnie The Pooh, Jim Cummings, lent their voices to Shenzi and Ed the Hyenas respectively, while comedy actor Nathan Lane played meerkat, Timon. In addition, there are even some who have missed the fact that Matthew Broderick played adult Simba. Yes it’s true. I’m sure there are people who have managed it for decades without being aware of other big names who voiced some of the most beloved animated Disney characters of the past.
Like most of the cast from the original version of the The lionkingRowan Atkinson did not reprise his role in the live-action remake, passing the role of Zazu to John Oliver who managed to keep some of Atkinson’s nuances alive while giving his own take on the voice. Are you one of those who are surprised by some of the people behind the voices or is all this just something you thought was common knowledge?
Subjects: The Lion King