TheLionKingTheory Wiki is a FANDOM Movies Community. This place is amazing. When Mufasa begs Scar for help, Scar instead throws his brother to his death below. Scar: Oh, now look, Zazu.You've made me lose my lunch. " Critics also cautioned Scar's death; Movieline warned audiences that the film "shows a fairy tale's dark sense of justice," for example when "Scar was eaten by his hyena allies after betraying them. loves her mate very dearly and has a great deal of faith in him both as a mate, king, and father. Although hesitant that then-Disney Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg would approve, the filmmakers ultimately decided to pursue it, describing the sequence as a "Triumph of the Will-style mock-Nuremberg rally. His build is very similar to his father's, but facial feature wise, when compared side-by-side, he looks more like Sarabi. " As an animator, Deja believes that "If you have a great voice to work with, your work is half done. That is what happened after Zira and Scar raised Nuka, Vitani, and thier adopted son Kovu. He saw Scar backhand Sarabi (Simba's mother) across the face. There are many theories as to how he had gotten the scar, and most think Taka/Scar became evil because of him being "neglected". Scar takes his young nephew, Simba, to the gorge under the claim that his father Mufasa has a surprise for him. The lions rejoice, and soon fall in love. While … The Lion King was first conceived in 1988. He has yellow fur, with a lighter cream color accenting his belly, muzzle and paws. Mufasa has high expectations for his son to succeed him, so he taught Simba the proper conduct in times of dange… ", Heir to the Throne of Pride Rock (formerly), This page was last edited on 14 December 2020, at 00:56. , According to Entertainment Weekly, the concept originated from a sketch by story artist Jorgen Klubien, in which Scar was depicted as Hitler. Simba and Mufasa had a strong father-son relationship, Simba looked up to Mufasa in every way, aspiring to become just like him. As much as I love Simba's Pride, I think I'd prefer the hyenas since the Outsiders conceptually make no sense; no lionesses supported Scar, and, while I can maybe buy one obsessive fangirl (*cough Zira cough*), it's hard for me to believe so many lionesses would justify his terrible reign.. With the hyenas, the writers could have crafted a Kion-Jasiri sort of story. In addition, Zira adored him like no one ever had.  Author Peter M. Nichols wrote in his book New York Times Essential Library: Children's Movies: A Critic's Guide to the Best Films Available on Video and DVD that Scar "is the most interesting character in the film," describing Simba and Mufasa "bores in comparison. Newborn Simba was very small and slender with a large head. Scar : Even Mufasa came here when he was your age, refused … Scar: Oooh, I quiver with fear! ", "Chiwetel Ejiofor Will Voice Scar in The Lion King", "What To Expect From The Characters In The Upcoming 'The Lion King' Adaptation - Entertainment Weekly", "Is Jeremy Irons playing Scar in the 'Lion King' remake? However, this naturally caused much commotion amongst the creators of Lion King 2 because this would make Simba and Kovu cousins. During his reign, Scar takes a more active role in hunting alongside the pack of hyenas, and is also seen trying to force Sarabi, whom he still lusts for, to become his mate and queen. (scratches claws against a rock like nails on a chalkboard, irritating Zazu) Must've slipped my mind. In the nightmare, Simba runs down the cliff where his father died in the stampede, attempting to rescue him. " On the contrary, Irons revealed to Connect Savannah that the similarities between the voices of Scar and von Bülow were largely unintentional, explaining, "Whatever voice came was arrived at by looking at the initial sketches, and from the freedom the directors gave me to try anything." " Prior to The Lion King, Irons was famous for starring as several villains and antagonists in live-action films "geared towards adults. He attempted to murder Simba as well, but during the movie that didn't happen. Scar is portrayed in paintings throughout season 1 of The Lion Guard television series, which explains some of his backstory.  Deja revealed that, during a recording session, Irons' stomach was grumbling. Introduced in the 1994 film The Lion King, Walt Disney Animation's 32nd animated feature, the character subsequently appears in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998) and The Lion King 1½ (2004) as well as the 2019 remake of the original film. In many ways, The Lion King is the first Disney animated feature to feature a love story that was not actually the central plot point of the entire movie. "Alright…I'll go." Although Mufasa saves Simba, the king is weakened, and unable to climb out of the gorge to safety. He bowed his head a little and Zira did the same before he turned around and went back into the sleeping den. Zazu: Ha!You'll lose more than that when the king gets through with you. Find the hottest simba stories you'll love. Scar had to change his mind when Sarabi's another sister, Zira, revealed she knew he had killed Mufasa and Simba. His scar appears black instead of pink as in the original film and his general appearance is strikingly similar to that of an Asiatic lion, having a noticeably thinner mane and lighter physique. Oooh, that's tough! His main complaint is simply that life isn't fair, and that his status as Mufasa's younger brother makes him ineligible to rule over Pride Rock. " Likewise, Digital Spy's Alex Fletcher wrote of Scar in his article "Who is Disney's greatest ever villain?" However, the power went to Scar's head and he vainly believed that with this power, he should be the king instead of Mufasa, but when his fellow Lion Guard members refused to aid him in his plan to dethrone Mufasa, Scar furiously destroyed them with the Roar. And yet, we still find him wildly hilarious. Scar has taken over with the hyenas. " Similarly, ComingSoon.net's Joshua Starnes hailed Scar as "the best part of the film." —Scar and Zazu on Simba's presentation As a cub, Simba was playful and always ready for an adventure with his best friend, Nala.  The Washington Post felt that "Scar clearly is meant to represent an evil African American because 'while Simba's mane is gloriously red, Scar's is, of course, black. When we asked our community who was the best character in The Lion King, Scar was obviously a favourite. The Pride Lands' reclusive heir presumptive, Scar is introduced in the first film as Simba's uncle and Mufasa's younger brother. He brings that feeling of a Shakespearean villain to bear because of his background as an actor. Nevertheless, Scar continues to be revered as one of Disney's greatest villains by various media publications, topping The Huffington Post's list and ranking within the top ten of similar lists published by Yahoo!  Initially, Deja had been considering the idea of animating a hero as opposed to a villain for a change, contemplating taking on the task of animating Simba instead. Mufasa is Simba's father, as well as the king of the Pride Lands. Perhaps he was raised by Zira to believe she was his mother? Nala : Simba, we need to leave. And although it's honestly a little cringe-worthy to watch Scar mince his way through 'Be Prepared,' he proves himself an adept orator, inspiring legions of goose-stepping hyenas to throw off the shackles of the oppressive lions. As in the original film, Scar attempts to escape while the hyenas fight the lionesses, but is pursued by Simba to a ledge near the top of Pride Rock. He has to! But there is no indication Simba ever doubts he has his father's love or respect...until Scar convinces him he is to blame for his father's death. After Scar returns to the Outlands, Simba plans on helping his son and his Lion Guard defeat his evil-uncle, which eventually comes to pass several years later, but at the cost of Kion receiving the Mark of Evil during the battle, which prompts him to journey to the Tree of Life with Simba supporting this decision, not wanting his son to fall down the same dark path that his uncle did. " This idea was first suggested by story artist Jorgen Klubien. Well, Simba, now's your chance to tell them. Simba and Scar then fought each over for the title of King of the Pride Lands with Simba ultimately emerging victorious, successfully reclaiming his birthright in the process, whilst Scar was thrown off Pride Rock into the flames below, where he was defeated and killed and became a ghost. According to Hahn, "The comedy in [Irons's] inflection comes from Scar sounding so disdainful he can barely summon the will to finish the sentence. Meanwhile, Zira trains Kovu to murder Simba, but when he becomes a young adult, he has a change of heart as he begins to develop feelings for Kiara. " As a result of Irons' prominent British accent, critics have compared both the actor and Scar to Shere Khan, the villain of Disney's The Jungle Book (1967), voiced by English actor George Sanders. ... Simba, we need to leave. " As directors, Minkoff and Roger Allers aspired to create "an animal picture based in a more natural setting," describing the film as "More true-life adventure than mythical epic. Scar yelled.  Similarly, Babble.com also placed the character at number six. , According to IGN, Scar, Simba and Mufasa have since become "household names thanks to the [film's] enormous popularity ... but back in 1994 who could have predicted that these characters would enter the lexicon of Disney's most popular creations? The Huffington Post ranked Scar first in its "Definitive Ranking Of 25 Classic Disney Villains" countdown. As an adult, his mane very luxurious, thick and a rich red which looks almost exactly like Mufasa's. Scar's supervising animator Andreas Deja also served as the supervising animator of Hercules.. You have to take your place as king. " The Guardian's Philip French opined, "Jeremy Irons is excellent as the suavely villainous lion Scar. Simba refuses to believe Scar's lies, but spares his life on the condition that he leave the Pride Lands forever. Scar refuses and attacks Simba, who throws him off the cliff after a brief fight. In the story, Simba breaks a promise to Kopa, his son, and Rafiki warns against this, using Scar's relationship with his own father, Ahadi, as an example why this was wrong. Mufasa tells Simba if he ever feels alone, the Great Kings will always be there to guide him, and so will he. No one is born with a scar over their eye like that, so how did Simba's uncle first come by that name? However, the Lion King 2 was considerably lower budget than the first film and was only intended to be a direct-to-video release so they either didn't have the time nor money to go through the other characters and change their relations accordingly. While revenge is never the answer, please don't call them evil. " Also hailing the film's cast as "incredible," Desson Howe of The Washington Post highlighted Irons as a "standout. It’s extremely compact. And yet, we still find him wildly hilarious. . Simba telling Scar to “Run away and never return,” same as what Scar told Simba when he was a cub. Scar killed the rogue lion and his cobra, and was given the nickname “Scar” by Mufasa who was claimed to be apathetic to Scar’s plight. he purrs to Simba, while purporting to be a mentor to his young nephew. She Is Not The Evil Team?  Concerned about the novelty of the film, Disney chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg decided to divide the studio into two separate animated films, The Lion King and Pocahontas, the latter of which was dubbed "the home run" because it was expected to be the more successful of the two projects. Scar's final appearance in the film is when he is defeated by Simba and thrown off the edge of Pride Rock into the flames below, where he is betrayed and killed by his own minions; the hyenas. Irons, who has been as devilishly well-captured by Disney's graphic artists (Scar's supervising animator: Andreas Deja) as Robin Williams was in Aladdin.  Disney's more seasoned and experienced animators gravitated towards Pocahontas, while the studio's newer animators were relegated to working on The Lion King, dubbing themselves the "B-team". In the 1998 sequel, it is revealed that Scar has a pride of lionesses known as the Outsiders (led by his most loyal follower Zira) who were banished to the Outlands for their loyalty towards Scar. In a scene that could disturb younger viewers, Mufasa's demise is shown. " Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune lauded Scar as the film's "best character," jokingly describing him as "Irons' Claus von Bulow with fur. This place is amazing. I made this video just for you!  However, after The Lion King, Deja finally decided to take a break from animating villains in order to avoid repeating himself, subsequently refusing to animate villain Judge Claude Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) in favor of working on Hercules from Hercules (1997), along with Mickey Mouse in the animated short Runaway Brain (1995). She smirked to herself before following him in. Scar has taken over with the hyenas. " Radio Times' Tom Hutchinson wrote, "Jeremy Irons [is] a vocal standout as the evil uncle Scar. Also, in this version of the script, it was only after Nala’s refusal to be with him that Scar recruited the hyenas to be on his side. " Rolling Stone's Peter Travers hailed Irons for "deliver[ing] a triumphantly witty vocal performance that ranks with Robin Williams' in Aladdin. After that, Nala tells Simba that Scar has taken over the Pridelands and turned it gray and lifeless. M’Vulana; Born a few kingdoms away to an unremarkable family, M’Vulana’s pride started to die off from various diseases when he was an older cub—he survived but did suffer, his small mane falling out. Hot New #1. " David Sterritt of The Christian Science Monitor exalted Irons's acting, describing him as "positively brilliant.  Jim Cummings told The Huffington Post that "[s]tunt singing" is actually something the actor continues to do regularly, having done the same for American actor Russell Means, voice of Chief Powhatan in Disney's Pocahontas (1995). Deja joked, "The growling sound could be heard in his recording, so we had to record that part of his dialog all over again. 2 "Scar, I demand you take action. " Similarly, author Edward Schiappa wrote in his book Beyond Representational Correctness: Rethinking Criticism of Popular Media that Scar's voice was simply meant "to convey the sort of upper-class snobbishness evinced by George Sanders' performance as Shere Khan in The Jungle Book. During the climax, when he attempts to force Simba off Pride Rock, Scar makes the mistake of admitting to remember Mufasa's final moment, which exposes the truth to the lionesses, as he had previously claimed that he didn't get to the gorge in time to save him. So, the real question we should be asking here is... who are Kovu's real parents? Simba gains the upper hand and overpowers Scar and throws him over the cliff ledge to the base of Pride Rock. The pride is led by Scar's most devoted follower Zira. Fans remember Simba for saving the kingdom from Scar, and for his love of Nala, and his friendship with Timon & Pumbaa, and yes, all of those aspects of the character are true. She threatened to tell everyone unless Scar took her as his queen. Feeling Mufasa is the favored child, Scar tries to make him look foolish by pitting him against a Buffalo named Boma. Aided by his friends Nala, Timon and Pumbaa, Simba arrives at Pride Rock and witnesses Scar striking his mother Sarabi and confronts Scar, who demands that Simba admit to the pride that he killed Mufasa. , CNN considers Scar one of "Disney's scariest characters. As for why he killed Mufasa, Scar thought of Mufasa as just another complication on his way to becoming king. " Similarly, Variety opined, "a generation that remembers the death of Bambi's mother as traumatizing should bear that experience in mind when deciding who goes to The Lion King. Without risk of loss, there is no victory. It is a chilling moment that is reminiscent of a certain incident in Bambi. It depends on which story we’re talking about, because as it seems, Scar has three completely different backstories now. These are the relationships revolving around the character of Mufasa from The Lion King. " Enjoying the way in which Irons "has a way with words and phrasing," Deja deliberately based much of Scar's appearance on the actor himself, specifically the shape of his mouth and facial expressions. Scar, who also gives a reprise of Mr. This of course would make Zira Scar's partner and Nuka and Vitani Kovu's siblings. From my study, I think it's safe to assume that Nuka and Vitani are most definately Scar's children and that Zira IS Scar's wife because they were never fixed when Kovu's relations was fixed. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Rafiki tries his best to heal Taka, but medical training is hard to come by in the savanna (when you're a baboon) and while Simba's uncle does survive, the wound remains forever as a scar. Next time take Sarabi or Sarafina with you." 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