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Just Can't Wait

Simba and Nala become vehemently disobedient to their guardian Zazu in an attempt to sneak away from him.

Nala Simba Zazu

(Zazu, Simba, and Nala are traveling to the waterhole.)

Step lively. The sooner we get to the waterhole, the sooner we can leave.

(Whispering to Simba) So where are we really going?

An elephant graveyard.


Shh! Zazu!

Right. So how are we going to ditch the dodo?

(Takes notice of the two cubs whispering.)

(Whispers) Oh, I know how we can-

(Flys down.) Oh, just look at you two! Little seeds of romance blossoming in the Savannah. Your parents will be thrilled, what with your being betrothed and all.


Betrothed. Intended. Affianced.


One day you two are going to be married!



I can't marry her. She's my friend.

Yeah, it'd be too weird.

Well, sorry to bust your bubble, but you two turtle doves have no choice. It's a tradition!

Well, when I'm king, that'll be the first thing to go.

Not so long as I'm around.

Well, in that case, you're fired.

Hm... Nice try, but only the king can do that. (Pokes Simba on the nose.)

Well, he's the future king.

Yeah. So you have to do what I tell you. (Taps Zazu's chest with his paw.)

(Irritated) Not yet, I don't! And with an attitude like that, I'm afraid you're shaping up to be a pretty pathetic king indeed.

Hmph. Not the way I see it.

(Bursts into the song "I Just Can't Wait to be King.")

I'm going to be a mighty king so enemies beware!

Well, I've never seen a king of beasts with quite so little hair. (Plucks a hair from Simba's head.)

I'm going to be the mane event like no king was before. (Climbs a log.) I'm brushing up on looking down. I'm working on my roar!

(On "roar," Zazu is blown off the log into a puddle of mud. Dries himself off on the ear of an elephant.) Thus far, a rather uninspiring thing. (The elephant slaps Zazu with its trunk, sending him skipping across a pool of water.)

Oh, I just can't wait to be king!

(Approaches Nala and Simba, speaking quickly.) You've rather a long way to go, young master, if you think-

No one saying, "Do this."

Now when I said that, I-

No one saying, "Be there."

What I meant was-

No one saying, "Stop that!"

Look, what you don't realize-

No one saying, "See here."

Now, see here!

(Simba and Nala hop on a pair of ostriches and ride them.)

Free to run around all day.

(Flying beside them.) Well, that's definitely out-

Free to do it all my way!

I think it's time that you and I arranged a heart to heart. (Flies into the rear end of a rhino.)

Kings don't need advice from little hornbills from a start.

(Lands on a branch floating down a stream.) If this is where the monarchy is headed, count me out! Out of service, out of Africa. I wouldn't hang about! Ah! (The log goes down a waterfall. Zazu flies back up.) This child is getting wildly out of wing.

Oh, I just can't wait to be king!

(Simba and Nala trot through an assembly of zebras. When Zazu walks through the assembly, the zebras turn around and shun him with their rear ends. Simba and Nala trot along the feet of a walking elephant while Zazu searches for them overhead. Simba ends up ontop on a giraffe's head.)

Everybody look left. (A herd of animals tramples over Zazu.) Everybody look right. (The herd tramples over Zazu once more.) Everywhere you look I'm- standing in the spotlight.

Not yet!

Animals: Let every creature go for broke and sing. Let's hear it in the herd and on the wing. It's going to be King Simba's finest fling!

(The animals form a large pyramid with Simba and Nala on top.)

Oh, I just can't wait to be king! Oh, I just can't wait to be king! Oh, I just can't waaaiiit... (The pyramid of animals begins to crumble.) to be king!

(The pyramid topples and a Rhino falls on Zazu.)

(Muffled) I beg your pardon, madam, but...get off! ...Simba? ...Nala?