This line was sung and recorded by Timon, Pumbaa (voiced Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella) during the song “Hakuna Matata”, which was written by Tim Rice and Elton John in support of the 1994 film The Lion King.

“Hakuna matata” is a beautiful phrase that literally means “no worries” and can be translated as “Hakuna Matata”. Our young lion hero/Hamlet-stand-in, Simba, hears it at an extremely vital time in his life. He literally transforms from childhood into adulthood as he and his friends, the hyper meerkat Timon, and the flatulent warthog Pumbaa strut through savanna.

This song is a welcome comic relief after the tragedy of the previous scene where Simba’s father Mufasa was killed in a wildebeest stampet orchestrated by Scar. Simba is lost and alone. He believes that he was responsible for the stampede and meets Timon and Pumbaa. They teach Simba the lessons of survival and their philosophy on life: No worries, mate.

While it is not always a good way to be, Simba can rely on the happiness and present moment of Timon or Pumbaa to help him keep going in this moment.

You’ve heard it everywhere

This might be a warning sign that you are about to face a difficult task. Your friends may not want you to worry. Keep your mind on “Hakuna Matata” instead of worrying about the job interview, final exams, or first date.

Additional Noteworthy References:

  • A variety of artists have covered the song “Hakuna Matata” many times, including the Baha Men of “Who Let the Dogs Out”, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Reggae Artist Bunny Wailer and Dannii Minogue.
  • “Hakuna Matata”, which was also a Disney hit, is playing in Toy Story (1995). Andy drives along with it while Woody hangs on to a moving truck. This is a nice bit of self-referential humor by the brilliant writers at Pixar.
  • Elaine was caught singing the song in “The Merv Griffin Show” on Seinfeld, 1997. Seinfeld is filled with references to Lion King, and nothing is more 90s.
  • And if you want to see more of Timon and Pumbaa, you can check out the 2004 film Lion King 1 ½ (which was known as Lion King 3: Hakuna Matata outside the United States). It’s basically Lion King as seen by this funny duo, much like Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead in Hamlet as seen through that hapless duo.

Pretentious Factor

What would happen if you dropped this quote at a dinner party? Would everyone laugh and say “awww”? It’s a scale from 1-10.


This simple and easy-to-use quote can be used as a general greeting and should replace “Hi”, “Goodbye” or “Hi”. It can be used at your will. No worries.

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