Wait, The Lion King’s Scar and Mufasa AREN’T Brothers??

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It seemed pretty obvious in Disney’s The Lion King that Scar and Mufasa were brothers. After all, Mufasa literally calls Scar “brother”, and since Mufasa isn’t Hulk Hogan, there’s no reason for him to walk around calling everyone “brother”. But an interview the movie’s director Rob Minkoff and producer Don Hahn just did with HelloGiggles makes it clear that Scar and Mufasa were never brothers at all. That means a lot of weird fan-fics just got slightly less weird.

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And if Minkoff and Hahn are to be believed, not only Scar and Mufasa not brothers — no lions are brothers. They said, “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, 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.”

So Scar was that rogue lion slinking along the outskirts, not the jealous brother upset he didn’t land the throne himself. Kind of takes away some of the pathos of their big moments together, don’t you think?

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“Dude! Help me!”

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“Long live the king…”

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“I don’t know what I expecteeeeed! We just met like a few days agooooo!”

Of course, we know the reason Mufasa and Scar are played up to be brothers — The Lion King is a straight rip-off of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and in that play, it’s a brother who murders the king:

God forbid Disney ever write its own stories.

We all know Aladdin was a rip-off of Hellbound: Hellraiser II.


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