While you might not have watched The Lion King recently, you can still recite the story off the top of your head: The current lion king is killed by his vengeful brother, this brother takes over and destroys all of the pride lands; meanwhile, the young son of the king runs off and becomes friends with a warthog and meerkat, before returning home to take his rightful place as king. You know how it goes. Same old.
And while the story of The Lion King isn’t changing anytime soon, we do need to amend one small fact about the 1994 movie: Mufasa and Scar were never actually brothers — at least, not by blood.
Ahead of The Lion King’s rerelease on Blu-ray and DVD on August 29th (it’s out on Digital HD right now), HelloGiggles sat down with Rob Minkoff and Don Hahn, the director and producer of the animated classic, respectively. Now that you’re older, and wiser, and understand what’s actually going on during the musical number, “Can You Feel The Love Tonight,” it’s time to take a closer look at Mufasa and Scar, and understand exactly how lions live out in the wild. There aren’t really lion “brothers” out there — and there’s a reason for that.
Never thought about that while singing along to “Hakuna Matata” before, huh?
And this also gives a good reason for Scar to have a huge chip on his shoulder — and be hungry for whatever he can get, even if it means he has to kill the king. Even though Mufasa calls him “brother,” and he’s very much part of the lion family, he — along with everyone else — knows that he doesn’t *really* belong there. He’s the lesser of the two male lions in the pack. And that causes him to go rogue, kill the king…and well, you know what happens next.