"Hakuna Matata" is a Swahili phrase that is literally translated as "There are no worries." It is sometimes translated as "no worries," although is more commonly used similarly to the American English phrase "no problem."
In 1994, the Walt Disney Company's animated movie, The Lion King, brought the phrase to international recognition, featuring it prominently in the plot and devoting a song to it. A meerkat and a warthog, named Timon and Pumbaa, teach the main character, a lion cub named Simba, that he should forget his troubles. The song, like the rest of the soundtrack, was written by Elton John and Tim Rice, who respectively composed the music and lyrics. During production of the film, the filmmakers had planned to use a song titled "Warthog Rhapsody", but after the production team returned from their safari trip in Kenya, they decided "Hakuna Matata" would be a better phrase.
The Lion King
In the movie, the song was sung after the wildebeest stampede and Mufasa's death. Timon and Pumbaa tried to cheer the depressed Simba, who feels guilty for his father's death. The song is to teach Simba to slack and relax and enjoy the life with no worries, while he grows older as time passes. At one part, Pumbaa almost said, "Every time that I farted," but Timon cuts him off, warning Pumbaa, "Not in front of the kids!" (referencing the audience and Simba).
This song was used as the opening of the TV series Timon and Pumbaa.
Timon: Hakuna Matata, what a wonderful phrase!
Pumbaa: Hakuna Matata.
Pumbaa: Ain't no passing craze!
Timon: It means no worries, for the rest of your days.
Timon and Pumbaa: It's our problem-free philosophy.
Timon: Hakuna Matata!
Timon: Why, when he was a young warthog...
Pumbaa: When I was a young warthog!
Timon: (rubbing his ear) Very nice.
He found his aroma lacked a certain appeal
He could clear the Savannah after every meal
I'm a sensitive soul
Though I seem thick-skinned
And it hurt that my friends never stood downwind
And oh, the shame!
Timon: He was ashamed!
Pumbaa: Thought of changing my name!
Timon: Oh, what's in a name!
Pumbaa: And I got downhearted
Timon: How did you feel?
Pumbaa: Every time that I...
Timon: Hey, Pumbaa! Not in front of the kids!
Pumbaa: Oh, sorry.
Timon and Pumbaa:
Hakuna Matata! What a wonderful phrase!
Hakuna Matata ain't no passing craze.
Simba: It means no worries for the rest of your days.
Timon: Yeah, sing it, kid!
Timon and Simba: It's our problem-free...
All: Hakuna Matata!
Timon and Pumbaa:
Hakuna! Matata! (3x)
Simba: It means no worries, for the rest of your days.
All: It's our problem-free philosophy.
Timon: Hakuna Matata
Pumbaa: Hakuna Matata
Simba: Hakuna Matata...
"Hakuna Matata" was instantly popular. It, along with "Circle of Life" and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" were nominated for "Best Original Song", with "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" being the winner.
- The phrase Hakuna Matata itself means "No worries" in Swahili.
- One of the bugs that Timon pulls out of a knothole during the song is wearing Mickey Mouse ears.
- There's a lost verse of "Hakuna Matata" which explained Timon's past situation, like Pumbaa's. It was later cut and used in The Lion King 1½.
- Part of the song was heard in Toy Story when Molly is in the car and sees the toys in the mirror trying to get into the moving van.
- This is the most well-known song in the whole Lion King franchise.
- In Aladdin and the King of Theives, Genie turns into Pumbaa and says, "Hakuna Matata!"
- Timon breaks the fourth wall when he says, "Hey, Pumbaa! Not in front of the kids!"
- The song was mentioned on an episode of the NBC sitcom, Seinfeld.
- Tim Rice was inspired to write the lyrics to Hakuna Matata when watching the British sitcom Bottom. Rice was also pulling for the show's stars, Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson, to voice Timon and Pumbaa.
- ↑ AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs.
- ↑ http://kenya.de/pages/resources_faq.html#2
- ↑ Schrager, Noah. 10 things you probably didn't know about The Lion King. The Christian Science Moniter.