Interview with Disney Movie Producer Don Hahn at Disney Springs

All of us have that “one film” that turned us into Disney followers and for me that film is “The Lion King”. After I first heard The Walt Disney Studios was planning a live-action model I used to be over the moon and couldn’t wait to relive the story on the massive display once more. (In fact, I knew precisely the place I’d be going!)

There’s nothing fairly like seeing a Disney movie throughout opening weekend at AMC Theatres at Disney Springs. We celebrated the massive night time with a few of our Disney Parks Weblog readers who acquired the red-carpet therapy and a bit shock and delight from “extROARdinary” stilt walkers. Friends additionally acquired to listen to a bit from particular visitor Don Hahn, one of many authentic producers on the animated “The Lion King”. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Don to get his ideas on the brand new movie and listen to about his superb profession working with Disney Legends. Test it out!

 “The Lion King” simply celebrated 25 years and continues to be such a beloved Disney movie for followers of all ages. What’s it prefer to now see the story being retold with new know-how as a live-action movie?

It’s a bit odd and thrilling on the similar time. It’s such as you’re elevating a baby and also you ship them off to summer time camp and so they look a bit totally different. We had no concept that The Lion King could be so profitable 25 years in the past and seeing what Jon Favreau and the complete crew has finished with the story is nothing wanting a contemporary miracle! 

The music in “The Lion King” is so impactful—are you able to share a bit extra with readers on how necessary music is in storytelling?

Music is essential in storytelling and Disney does it so properly. You see music in key moments of movie when a personality is moved by deep emotion and a lot in order that they need to sing. Music represents emotional expression and what it means to be human. It’s simply as necessary because the visuals and expertise and is a key instrument within the toolbox. When all of it comes collectively it creates magic. 

Who’s your favourite character in “The Lion King” and why?

I really like Pumbaa and Timon as a result of they’re so humorous and provide a welcome reduction within the movie however I additionally actually love Rafiki. He represents this clever outdated man you usually see in lots of well-liked tales and helps lead Simba on his journey of rising up. One in all my favourite scenes is when Rafiki is main Simba via the forest to that iconic second when he sees his reflection and realizes his father is with him. 

You’ve had a extremely superb profession to this point producing many Disney movies and collaborating with unbelievable folks together with Disney Legends. Was there anybody specifically you’ve labored with that was actually impactful to your private or skilled life? 

There’s been fairly a number of— Woolie Reitherman who was one in every of Disney’s 9 Outdated Males was an enormous affect on me. Walt gave him the studio when he determined to pursue his work with the theme parks and I used to be simply so impressed by his work and I discovered a lot from him. I really had my very own “circle of life” second as a result of he was instructing me his job which I’d later tackle as a producer. I additionally discovered loads about animation and music from Walt Stanchfield, Howard Ashman and Hans Zimmer. I had no thought how influential they might be on the time!

I do know you’re a inventive at coronary heart whether or not or not it’s working in movie, writing and even portray. Is there any recommendation you will have for our readers who’re aspiring creatives?

Don’t simply anticipate the telephone to ring or for a chance to seek out you—make your personal objectives and hearken to the eagerness in your intestine. As we speak is the golden age for making your personal content material and there are such a lot of instruments and sources than ever earlier than for creatives. Exit on this planet and inform your story regardless of how many individuals learn it or see it. Create for your self. 

The rest you’d wish to share with readers of the Disney Parks Weblog in regards to the live-action “The Lion King”?

Tales are supposed to be retold and it’s thrilling to see that occuring. There’s an entire new era of filmmakers of people that haven’t grown up with the animated movies and I believe that’s thrilling. I didn’t know Walt Disney however I do know he was forward-thinking and I believe he would actually be excited in regards to the future. There’s all the time a brand new story to be instructed round each nook and it’s our job as storytellers to inform them. 

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Lion King posters, outside AMC theaters, Disney Springs.

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