When the film was released there was a stir in Japan. The film was very similar to the well known 日本动漫 series 'Kimba the White Lion'. First there is the obvious similarity in names (Simba and Kimba). Also, both had a 狒狒 as a shaman. But the similarities don't end there, both had an evil uncle - 'Scar' in the movie and 'Claw' in the series - as well as henchman hyenas. Plus a pose 由 a king on a rock. The possible lawsuit was dropped, because Osamu Tezuka's (the producer's) widow 说 that he would have been flattered that 迪士尼 was inspired 由 the series.