Critters on the Castle: Hakuna Matata!

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In 2005, all Disney theme parks across the globe participated in “The Happiest Celebration On Earth” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the original Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California. At the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida, Cinderella’s Castle was covered with golden effigies of beloved Disney characters – many of them critters! For the next few weeks, I’ll feature some of these each Saturday as my contribution to the Camera Critters photo meme.

Hakuna Matata!

Critics and literary analyst-types have likened aspects of Disney’s 1994 film The Lion King to a number of works, most notably Shakespeare’s Hamlet and a few stories from the Old Testament. The former kind of intrigues me, for that would mean that Pumba and Timon are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern… :D I laugh just thinking about it!

Here we see Timon and Pumba leading the young Simba on a merry march around one of the castle turrets. Can’t you just hear them singing “Hakuna Matata” as they amble along? As I recall, the phrase is Swahili, and as the song instructs us, “it means no worries for the rest of your days”. This is Pumba and Timon’s “problem-free philosophy” for life, and they teach it to Simba so that he may forget about his unhappy past.

“Hakuna Matata” was one of three songs from The Lion King that was nominated for an Academy Award; the other two were “Circle of Life” and “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” (which ended up winning).

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19 comments for “Critters on the Castle: Hakuna Matata!

  1. April 25, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Ah, one of my favorite Disney classics! Been forever since I’ve been to Disney World…may have to drag the hubby there in the off season…

  2. April 25, 2009 at 9:57 am

    One of my favorite songs. I love wart hogs and try to check them out at the zoo. They are so shy!

  3. April 25, 2009 at 10:18 am

    There you go again – making me wish I could be there! One of these days… I’m gonna show up at your doorstep!

  4. April 25, 2009 at 11:38 am

    very unique entry.

  5. April 25, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    I love the music from Lion King
    and I love your photo

  6. April 25, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Lion King has been one of my favorites. Those two are a riot!

  7. April 25, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    great photo!

  8. April 25, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Those are cute critters singing a great song. I like the no worries philosophy. Wish I could subscribe to it.

  9. April 25, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Great shot. I love this music. We saw Lion King in Toronto. Great experience. Gifted actors!

  10. April 25, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Your mobile adventures take you everywhere!

  11. April 25, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Nice Tink!

    Craig Glenn

  12. April 25, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Interesting post… always learn something new from reading your cc posts.

    On another note, I’ve set up a “directory” page on the main gritfx website for my cc posts. I’d like to add some links to other cc participants – yourself included. If you’re interested in being added, send me a website/blog badge (120pixels wide x 80pixels) to
    Manz’s Camera Critters Page

  13. April 26, 2009 at 7:54 am

    I loved (love love) The Lion King. The songs are fantastic – and your post has just brought all the memories back! Thank you. Great shot.

  14. April 26, 2009 at 8:01 am

    A great post and photo. I loved the movie. Your write-up made me feel like going on a hunt for the video so that I can watch it again.

  15. April 26, 2009 at 8:31 am

    OMG! I love Timon and Pumba. Definitely my all time favorite characters.

    “Hakuna matata – it means no worries!” Classic!

  16. April 26, 2009 at 9:14 am

    This is one of my favourite Disney movies…

    Love the songs from it…

    ‘Hakuna Mata! What a wonderful phrase

    Hakuna Matata! Ain’t no passing craze

    It means no worries for the rest of your days

    It’s our problem-free philosophy

    Hakuna Matata’

    Yikes…now it’ll be stuck in my head for the rest of the day :-)

    Nice photo :-)

  17. April 27, 2009 at 6:07 am

    Hi, Tink. The Lion King stands out as one of my most favorite Disney films. Such a great story.

  18. April 27, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Wonderful post … and you know what I’ll be humming all day ;–)
    Hugs and blessings,

  19. May 2, 2009 at 10:20 am

    nice shot. happy weekend.

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