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25 Years After Scoring 'The Lion King,' Hans Zimmer Returns To Pride Rock

Twenty five years after he scored the original The Lion King, which won an Oscar, Hans Zimmer returns to Pride Rock to revisit the classic musical themes for a re-imagined tale.
Hans Zimmer, Matt Jones of the Re-Collective Orchestra and conductor Nick Glennie-Smith at a scoring session for Disney's The Lion King. Source: Alberto Rodriguez

Ready for more Disney déjà vu? The Lion King is the latest software update to one of Disney's beloved animated movies, this time featuring photo-realistic graphics — and Beyoncé. The musical performances are all new, but it's the same classic songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, and composer Hans Zimmer also returned to Pride Rock with an upgraded version of his Oscar-winning score from 25 years ago.

When the new movie starts, you'll hear the same iconic proclamation that opened the original Lion King in 1994 — sung by South African musician Lebo M.

"I didn't even know

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