Think you know everything about ‘The Lion King,’ huh?
Growing up in the 90s and eating up every animated film Disney ever put out, you probably always thought the iconic “The Lion King” was about intense sibling rivalry and ultimately serving some justice in the fight for being rightful King of the Jungle.
But according to The Lion King director Rob Minkoff and producer Don Hahn in an interview with HelloGiggles, Mufasa and Scar weren’t really brothers at all in the conventional sense.
Turns out, the movie’s creators really took into account how real life lions would be running their prides, usually consisting of a single adult male and several lionesses.
Hahn said while creating the story, they talked about how Mufasa and Scar would “very likely” not have had the same parents.
“The way lions operate in the wild…when the male lion gets old, another rogue lion comes and kills the head of the pride. What that does is it causes the female lions to go into heat [to reproduce], and then the new younger lion kills the king and then he kills all the babies. Now he’s the new lion that’s running the pride,” Hahn said in the interview ahead of The Lion King’s rerelease on Blu-ray and DVD on August 29th.
Wow, never thought Scar had that brewing up in his “It’s A Small World” song-hating head, did you?
But what about the part where Mufasa calls out “Brother! Help me!” to Scar when he was literally hanging onto dear life above a raging stampede?
“There was always this thing about well, how do you have these two [male]lions?” Hahn adds.
“Occasionally there are prides that do have two male lions, in an interesting dynamic because they’re not equals [since they don’t have the same parents]. One lion will always kind of be off in the shadows. We were trying to use those animal truths to underpin the story so we sort of figured Scar and Mufasa couldn’t really be from the same gene pool.”
Hahn added that Scar even acknowledges that fact.
“There’s a line, he goes, ‘I’m from the shallow end of the gene pool.’ When he’s talking to Mufasa, when Mufasa gets mad at him for not coming up to the coronation of Simba.”
Whoah, explains a lot why Scar was always pretty sullen around the ‘family’.
If you really think about it, he was just acting fast before he would be eventually killed when Simba grew up to take over after Mufasa, if nature was really put into play.
Circle of Life, amirite?
Why couldn’t just lions have a sing-off like all us Internet folks would rather have them do?