So, I am fully aware that people are going to come at me with a world of hate for my garbage opinion but, here it is anyway: *whispers* I hate The Lion King.
Now, I get that the movie has its happy moments.
But, before all of the lovey-dovey, feel-good "Hakuna Matata" stuff, there's a scene that rips out your heart, throws it off a cliff, and lets it get squished to smithereens in a stampede while an evil villain smirks at you through the TV screen, thus ruining your childhood forever.
However, according to a Hello Giggles interview with The Lion King director Rob Minkoff and producer Don Hahn, Scar and Mufasa weren't actually brothers at all:
[While making the movie] we talked about the fact that it was very likely [Scar and Mufasa] would not have both 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.
*Real lions everywhere*
The pair continued:
There was always this thing about well, how do you have these two [male] lions? 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. In fact, that’s what [Scar] says. 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.
Now, I know I said that I hated The Lion King, but I've got to admit that knowing that Scar didn't kill his actual brother and try to murder his nephew makes me feel a little bit better.
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What do you think? Do you feel entirely betrayed by this Disney classic?