In the original Lion King movie, the lion's roars (or at least Mufasa's) was not actually a lion's roar; it was a combination of other sounds. From the wikia:

The roar that Mufasa roars offscreen before saving Simba and Nala from the hyenas isn't actually a real lion's roar, but the combination of a grizzly's roar, a tiger's roar and F-16 Flyby[sic]1 Falcon.

This was due to the fact that a lion's roar was not actually as "powerful" as they wanted it to be, in the original movie.

Is this still the case in the 2019 remake?

1The actual name of the aircraft is the "Fighting Falcon".

  • IMO a real lion's "roar" sounds a bit like somebody puking. – Solomon Slow Sep 11 '19 at 15:54
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    They should have used the Williams scream – Hagen von Eitzen Sep 12 '19 at 18:32

It's not a lion's roar for sure and the F-35 was involved. For detail take the word of God from the Hollywood Reporter:

Did you use other archival elements from the animated movie?

There's a moment where Simba roars and we think, "My God, how did he make that sound?" and we come to discover it's Mufasa. And Jon said, "In that scene, I think they used some things other than lion vocals to get that intensity to the roar" and [supervising sound editor Frank Eulner and I] said, "Okay, we better get those elements." They had actually used an F-14 (aircraft) as a component and a number of other things. So, I took that and I thought, "Okay cool, I can use that. I'll put it in, but let me embellish it and see if we can make it even cooler." And so I used an F-35 and some other elements, and that roar became a big climatic moment that borrows from the original track and also is kind of glorified by other elements as well, some of which are not lion, and that's the only case where I did that. I was very careful that we used lion recordings in every other moment of the film.

Also from MPAA:

Boyes says. “Jon wanted to reference the original film so the Mufasa roar you hear is the same but we included additional elements as it’s meant to be one of the strongest roars in the film.”

There are no specific words about using a tiger's roar but it suggests they did it same as the animated version with some addition.

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    They only wanted to "reference" the original film? How cute. – GreySage Sep 11 '19 at 18:49
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    “climatic moment” or “climactic moment”, that’s the question… – Holger Sep 12 '19 at 8:46
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    @GreySage The new film references the original in the same way the new F-35 references the F-16, if you know what I mean. – Pavel Sep 13 '19 at 7:41

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