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The Lion King was mostly created by first-time animators. 

Many of Disney’s senior animators had zero faith in the project, said “the story wasn’t very good” and “I don’t know who is going to want to watch that one,” and chose to work on Pocahontas instead.

Looks like that worked out!

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