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Mufasa vs Scar. Source: Disney Wiki - Fandom

The Lion King’s director and producer have ruined everyone’s childhood by revealing that Mufasa and Scar can’t be brothers.

It also reveals some interesting things about the Mufasa death scene.The news about this technicality was revealed in an interview for Hello Giggles.

To be honest, it makes a lot of sense once you hear director Rob Minkoff and producer Don Hahn talk about it. But I guess as a toddler, none of us double checked these facts on a David Attenborough documentary feature.

The Lion King’s Mufasa and Scar can’t be brothers because that’s not how a real life pride works…

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Mufasa and Scar, non brotherly love. Source: Youtube

Lion brothers don’t really exist in a pride; it just wouldn’t happen in real life because of a number of factors.

Do Hahn told Hello Giggles:

“[While making the movie] we talked about the fact that it was very likely [Scar and Mufasa] would not have both the same parents,” Hahn explains to HG. “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.”

Hmmm well that really puts things into perspective.

This shines a whole new light on the Mufasa death scene in The Lion King…

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Scar looks pissed off. Source: Animalia Life

So rather than the evil brother waiting for the perfect moment to kill the good brother and take his power away, you have a more realistic although less dramatic situation which is far more common. All of a sudden the Mufasa death scene doesn’t seem like such a big deal.

Scar is the rogue lion. Kind of a power hungry, gypsy lion. He sees a flourishing kingdom and wants to take it away from the current alpha lion that runs the pride, aka Mufasa. Simba is the air to the throne so naturally Scar needs to kill him to eliminate the threat. This doesn’t end up happening of course so Simba kills Scar and becomes ruler of the pride.

With that being said, The Lion King’s storyline isn’t that far fetched after all…

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Looking for Simba. Source: The Lion King WWW Archive

“There was always this thing about well, how do you have these two [male] lions?” Hahn continues. “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.”

This totally explains Mufasa and Scar’s whole dynamic and why they seem to live very seperate lives. It also gives Scar a good reason to carry a chip on his shoulder and why he ruthlessly pursues whatever it takes to get power. So the Mufasa death scene isn’t really about family betrayal but rather eliminating competition.

Even though Mufasa calls him “brother,” and he’s sort of part of the pride, he knows he will always be an outsider. He’s the smaller and weaker of the two lions in the pride so his only hope is to kick Mufasa when he’s down. Or push him off a cliff, whatever works…

Ahhhhh it all makes sense now, especially the Mufasa death scene. Sorry if I ruined anyone’s childhood, but the truth must come out.

It would be interesting to see how much of this, if any, makes it into the Lion King remake set to be released in 2019.

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