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Singer Who Voiced Young Simba In ‘The Lion King’ Turned Down $2M For Royalties

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Singer Who Voiced Young Simba In ‘The Lion King’ Turned Down $2M For Royalties

Jason Weaver who provided the singing voice for young Simba in the 1994 “The Lion King” movie is still making money off of the film after his mother negotiated a major deal!


Back in 1994, when Jason Weaver was 15, he was the singing voice of young Simba in the movie “The Lion King.” When it came time to negotiate his deal, it was his mother Kitty Haywood who negotiated a deal that would keep her son paid.

In a recent interview with Vlad TV, Weaver shared that Disney initially offered a $2 million flat rate from Disney with no royalties, but he turned that down.

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“I remember it was like $2 million,” said Weaver. “You gotta remember, they’re coming off of Beauty and the Beast. They’re coming off of Aladdin. Disney had bread.”

Given that Weaver was a minor, it was his mother who was a singer herself that decided it would make her son more money in the long run to negotiate a royalties deal. With her decision, her Weaver was able to walk away from that movie having made $100,000 upfront and a share of royalties.

“Disney had a reputation for re-releasing stuff,” he continued. “I think at that time they had put out Sleeping Beauty and some of their old catalog from when Walt Disney was alive. They were releasing that stuff when they were releasing the new Disney stuff, so she [Weaver’s mother] was able to see the playing field and go, ‘Wait a minute, this is going to make a lot of money over time, so what happens when my son turns 40? Is he going to be able to get a check for this when they eventually re-release this.”

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This, in the long run, has literally paid off as Disney continues to show movies like “The Lion King” while Weaver gets money in his bank account nearly 25 years after the movie was released.

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