Here's How They Made The 'Roars' In The Lion King

Imagine you need "majestic lion roar" sounds for your epic Disney movie. Ask yourself: When was the last time you actually heard a lion roar? Have you ever heard one make a peep outside of movies? How about at the zoo? No? You've only ever seen them asleep, occasionally waking up to lazily try to devour a small child protected by glass?

That's because lions are pretty lazy creatures. And the creators of The Lion King knew that, so when they needed audio of lions roaring, they figured it wouldn't be cost-effective to bring actual lions into a sound studio, put comically large headphones on them, and hand them scripts that just said "RAWAWARRRR."

Also, a lion's typical "roar" sounds far less intense than we imagine it. Enter Frank Welker, whose list of voiceover credits puts the Law & Order IMDb page to shame. Welker grabbed himself an empty metal trashcan just sitting around the studio and began burping and growling into it next to the microphone. And that's how we wound up with the "regal" lion roars of the titular king: garbage and yelling.

Walt Disney PicturesLyin' King

Wouldn't hurt you to check out the Lion King's soundtrack.

Support Cracked's journalism with a visit to our Contribution Page. Please and thank you.

For more, check out The Miraculous Cat That Survived THREE Shipwrecks and The Dark Truth About Supermarket Orange Juice.

Follow us on Facebook. Or don't. It's your life.

To turn on reply notifications, click here


Load Comments

More Articles

6 Stories That Prove Instagram Influencers Are The Worst

Instagram influencers are often absurd.


6 Natural Wonders That Are Creepier Than Any Horror Movie

You are in no way prepared for the true master of terror: Mother Nature.


7 Viral Stories That Had Twists Nobody Remembers

If you follow up on these flash-in-the-pan headlines, you might find some information that changes the tone of the story.


5 Scary Stories That Sound Made Up (That Really Happened)

A good horror story is hard to pull off.


5 Behind-The-Scenes Shots That Take The Glamour Out Of Ads

All commercials are a least a little weird.


5 Movie Characters Who Tried To Look Tough (And Failed Hard)

These actions stars were so bad at being badass, they were just ass.