Lion King Hacked for Greenpeace

Studio Smack in Breda, The Netherlands, has produced a hack of the opening sequence of Disney’s 1994 movie The Lion King. Animals and birds are faded out of the 1:30 minute title sequence, leaving viewers with only the beautiful yet oppressive backgrounds of the African savanna, and the question, “Hakuna Matata?” The edit was made in cooperation with Greenpeace Netherlands and is currently part of their online magazine GPM.

Lion King Giraffe fades out

“Mocha After Effects was used for nearly every shot. It enabled us to track skies, mountains, hills, rocks and water, and replace them with cleaned up versions. All shots were rebuilt from scratch and we ended up having 2 versions of every shot; the original with animals and the cleaned up without animals. By just fading them we made the animals disappear.”


Manipulation, adaptation and re-edit were by Ton Meijdam, Thom Snels and Béla Zsigmond at Studio Smack.

The original Lion King film was directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff for Walt Disney Pictures.

“Circle of Life”, was written by Elton John & Tim Rice, arranged and produced by Hans Zimmer, and performed by Carmen Twillie. African vocals were performed by Lebo M.