Like air and the color green, it feels like The Lion King has always been with us. But as hard as it may be to wrap our minds around this fact, there was indeed a time when the breathtaking classic was brand new to the world. That time was 1994. Join us as we walk down memory lane:
1. It has been 21 years since The Lion King was released. (21 years from Frozen’s release date will be the year 2034.)
2. On the day The Lion King premiered, “I Swear” by All-4-One was the #1 song in the U.S.
3. When The Lion King premiered, Disney Channel mega stars Dove Cameron, Zendaya, Sabrina Carpenter, and Rowan Blanchard weren’t even born yet. Rowan, the star of Girls Meets World, wouldn’t be born for another seven years.
4. If you don’t know who these Disney Channel stars are, perhaps that is further cause to feel old.
5. When The Lion King premiered, we were still five years away from Britney Spears dropping “Baby One More Time.”
6. This was considered very hip technology in 1994:
7. When The Lion King premiered, kids did not have the Internet yet. That meant zero social media, having to make a phone call (or looking in the newspaper) to find out movie times, and using actual, real maps for directions.
8. Some of the teens of 1994 are now parents of teens in 2015.
9. At the time of The Lion King’s release, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, speaking voice of Simba, looked like this:
He now looks like this:
Crazy, right? We’ll leave you with this inspirational reminder: “Adults are only kids grown up, anyway.”