I finally watched the new(ish) Beauty and the Beast movie and it made me nostalgic. So I decided to watch one of my favorite old Disney movies The Lion King. When the intro song was playing, I immediately thought of the meaning of the words. I’ve read that the “mysterious chanting” just means “Here comes a lion, Father. Oh yes, it’s a lion.” So my now adult mind thought a little further than when I was a child.
A lion’s behavior
Another thing I read and saw in documentaries is the behavior of a lion. Which, in the movie The Lion King, is spot on.
How the pride is made up
I read online that a typical pride of lions consists of about six related females, their dependent offspring, and a “coalition” of 2–3 resident males that joined the pride from elsewhere.
In the Lion King there are a bunch of lionesses, two lions (Mufasa and Scar) and two cubs (Simba and Nala).
The lionesses’ job description and life
Another thing that is spot on in The Lion King is the following fact: In each pride, it is the females who do the hunting, and usually stay with their birth prides their whole lives.
If you watch the movie, you will see that a lot happens in de beginning and in the middle. Also the lionesses dislike Scar. However when Simba goes back to his old pride, his mother is still part of it. So is Nala, actually.
The king’s behavior
I’ve read somewhere that male lions don’t really do much in life. They are some of the laziest animals you could meet. Also, they defend their pride and consider themselves rulers.
Once again, Disney, spot on in The Lion King. If you check out what Mufasa actually does in the movie, you will see that he walks around, acts like the ruler of all things, defends his pride (Simba and Nala) and nothing more. Same goes for Scar. He has an evil plan, carries it out to become the ruler and not really anything else. When there is no food, he tells the lionesses to get some.
Some grown up/ dark humor
There are more (fun) facts about how lions behave in real life vs how they behave in the movie The Lion King. However, I want to talk about something else as well. There is quite a lot of content in this movie that is not meant for kids to understand.
Jealousy and murderous intent
In the first 7 minutes Scar makes a remark about how life isn’t fair because if Simba was never born, he would be king when Mufasa died. This points to jealousy from Scar’s side.
Stabbing an enemy in the back
Also, when Mufasa tells Scar to never turn his back on him, Mufasa made a remark: Perhaps you shouldn’t turn your back on me. I never understood why that remark make Mufasa so angry, until just now. Mufasa angrily asks Scar if that’s a challenge. If you have an enemy and he turns his back on you then you would have the chance attack him while he wasn’t looking or vice versa. Tell me a child’s mind would make this deduction…
Hunting and beating up
In the same scene, after Scar walks away, Mufasa asks Zazu what he should do with Scar. Whereas Zazu replies: he’d make a very handsome throw rug. This refers to hunted lions. Their skin is often used as a throw rug. Also, Zazu adds that whenever he (Scar’s throw rug skin) gets dirty, you can take him out and beat him. That is some serious dark humor, Disney!
We all know that Disney hides grown up jokes and references in their movies. It’s up to you as an adult to re-watch the old Disney movies and spot the references aimed at adults. Have fun!