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The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride (Video 1998) Poster

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The lions' roars are actually not lion roars at all. Tiger roars were used for the effect, because real lions' roars aren't as powerful.
Kiara was going to originally have a big brother named Chaka (who was going to be the baby at the end of the first film). He was deleted because of story complications.
Just as the first movie is said to be based upon "Hamlet", the sequel has elements of another famous Shakespeare play-"Romeo and Juliet".
The son of Zira is called Kovu - Swahili for 'Scar'. 'Zira' means hate; the name of Nuka, Zira's hapless elder son, means 'bad smell'. [Kovu has no relation to Scar]
The opening song "He lives In You" was also used in the Broadway version of the first Lion King.
In an earlier version, Simba was actually going to be killed by the Outlanders.
While fighting about who was supposed to watch Kiara, Pumbaa calls Timon a 'fat fat fatty', which is exactly what Matthew Broderick (Simba) called Nathan Lane (Timon) in their fight in the Broadway play 'The Producers'.
Simba's daughter was originally named Aisha, but was changed when Disney realized this was already the name of the Yellow Ranger of the popular Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993).
"Vitani" was originally "Shetani." It is possible to hear characters refer to her by that name. It means "Devil" in Kiswahili, however, and Disney may have thought it was inappropriate, thereby changing it to something a little less offensive. "Vitani" has no meaning in the Kiswahili language, from which most of the characters' names are drawn.
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Most of the original cast reprised their roles from the original, with the notable exceptions of Rowan Atkinson who was replaced by Edward Hibbert as the voice of Zazu the Hornbill in this film and its follow-up/predecessor The Lion King 1 1/2 (2004) and Jeremy Irons, who was replaced by Jim Cummings as the voice of Scar in this film.
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The film makers revealed that, in a symbolic manner, Pride Rock is almost always shown on the shadow side, as opposed to the original film.
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In a scrapped scene, young Kovu was shown playing with a bug, and was scolded by his mother Zira for letting it go rather than killing it when he was finished playing with it.
Jane Leeves was originally going to voice Binti, Zazu's mate, before Binti was deleted from the movie.
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Suzanne Pleshette and Jason Marsden portray mother and son, Zira and Kovu. Three years following this film, the two actors went on to voice characters with a similar relationship in the Oscar-winning Hayao Miyazaki's animated feature, "Spirited Away (2001)".
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Jennifer Aniston and Sarah Jessica Parker were considered for the role of Kiara.
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During this movie, Neve Campbell (Adult Kiara) and Lacey Chabert (Young Vitani) were working together on Party of Five (1994).
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Bette Midler and Helen Mirren were considered for the role of Zira.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Originally, when Nuka died, his last words were not "I'm sorry mother, I tried", but "I'm sorry mother, I tried. I guess I finally got your attention, didn't I?" This extended scene was not included in the final release.
Perhaps in a symbolic manner, after the outland lionesses join Simba's pride, their sinister appearance is replaced by a softer, friendlier one, more similar to the original prideland lionesses.
Originally, when Zira dies in the end, she said "No, never" when Kiara offered her help, and let go of the rocks on purpose, thus killing herself. This extended scene was not included in the final release.
When the Outlander lionesses are with Zira, their claws are out at all times. When they cross to Simba's side, their claws are sheathed.
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