History Headscratchers / TheLionKing

14th Jan '16 5:10:10 PM Shameimaru
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** Probably because that's actually a hallucination happening in Simba's head.
11th Jan '16 7:08:40 PM YasminPerry
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** Because then the movie would've ended on Scar ruling over the pride-lands with an iron fist, with all the other animals doomed & depressed - basically, the opposite of how a children's movie is "supposed" to end. Also, that sort of ending wouldn't fit Disney's family-friendly image.
27th Dec '15 6:19:50 AM rememberthehood1941
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*** Actually, when a character bursts into song during a musical, it isn't because they're showing off their vocal prowess. Musical numbers are the character's deepest feelings coming out, things that would feel very awkward and unnatural if it was just said. In fact, a good test for a musical is asking what would happen if the musical numbers were replaced with dialogue or even removed all together. It also is supposed to feel natural, as if it's a part of the story. If the entire audience is going "Another song?!" then it falls flat.
24th Nov '15 11:13:53 AM Morgenthaler
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** Well, except for the fact that it likely takes place in the Gregory Rift area means that it takes place at least in the last 8 million years, since rifting began at that point. The references to OutOfAfrica probably pin it to 1937 and beyond, too; but again, outside of those the timeline is indeed ambiguous.
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** Well, except for the fact that it likely takes place in the Gregory Rift area means that it takes place at least in the last 8 million years, since rifting began at that point. The references to OutOfAfrica Film/OutOfAfrica probably pin it to 1937 and beyond, too; but again, outside of those the timeline is indeed ambiguous.
17th Sep '15 10:52:25 AM ben9192
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\n[[WMG:Scar's * Simba tries yet to argue back it was an accident, still convinced it is his little roar which provoked the stampede, but Scar as the skilled manipulator he is, managed to torn words so the meaning of "murderer" becomes quite large. [[WMG:Zira's pride]]

* It was made clear that, being so weak, Scar relied on clever manipulation rather than actual fight if he can help it. Yes, fighting against a cub should not be difficult at all, but he may not feel confident. What if he attacked Simba and failed, and Simba revealed what had just happened? Everyone would immediately put two and two toguether. So why risk it everything, when the crown is so close at hand, and he can order his underlings to kill Simba in a way that would not incriminate him if Simba somehow escaped the hyenas and returned? * If he had killed Simba himself, the smell of Simba's blood and fur would be all over Scar's jaws and claws. The smell would probably be on him even if he smothered Simba. If he'd gone back to the lionesses smelling of Simba they would probably figure out exactly what happened and kill Scar themselves.
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* It was made clear that, being so weak, Scar relied on clever manipulation rather than actual fight if he can help it. Yes, fighting against a cub should not be difficult at all, but he may not feel confident. What if he attacked Simba and failed, and Simba revealed what had just happened? Everyone would immediately put two and two toguether.together. So why risk it everything, when the crown is so close at hand, and he can order his underlings to kill Simba in a way that would not incriminate him if Simba somehow escaped the hyenas and returned? * If he had killed Simba himself, the smell of Simba's blood and fur would be all over Scar's jaws and claws. The smell would probably be on him even if he smothered Simba. If he'd gone back to the lionesses smelling of Simba they would probably figure out exactly what happened and kill Scar themselves. themselves. ** Note that he had already the smell of Simba when he cuddles up with his front paw. He also already had the blood of Mufasa when he grabbed his paws to throw him off, and probably pretended it happened while trying to catch him on the cliff. Ironically, the moment Simba cuddles while Scar "comfort" him is probably the best missed opportunity since he would just have had to snap the cub's neck under his paw to give him an instant painless and bloodless death, and arrange his corpse next to his late father. And again, the hyenas may eat every evidences if necessary.

* It was made clear that, being so weak, Scar relied on clever manipulation rather than actual fight if he can help it. Yes, fighting against a cub should not be difficult at all, but he may not feel confident. What if he attacked Simba and failed, and Simba revealed what had just happened? Everyone would immediately put two and two toguether. So why risk it everything, when the crown is so close at hand, and he can order his underlings to kill Simba in a way that would not incriminate him if Simba somehow escaped the hyenas and returned? * If he had killed Simba himself, the smell of Simba's blood and fur would be all over Scar's jaws and claws. The smell would probably be on him even if he smothered Simba. If he'd gone back to the lionesses smelling of Simba they would probably figure out exactly what happened and kill Scar themselves.

* They were hiding. Behind Pride Rock. In other words: 1. The sequel wasn't originally planned and only came into existence when ''The Lion King'' was so popular.
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* They were hiding. Behind Pride Rock. In other words: 1. The sequel wasn't originally planned and only came into existence when ''The Lion King'' was became so popular.
6th Sep '15 1:38:04 PM Historian1912
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No one thought that Simba was able to attack and kill his father. The only thing that would make sense, assuming they simply weren't confused, was that he did something reckless, similar to the elephant graveyard incident. Regardless of what they were thinking, the last thing they were expecting to hear from Simba was that he was responsible for his father's death. That's not something you hear every day.
30th Aug '15 8:00:32 AM ConnorGorden
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[[WMG: How could the lionesses have thought Simba, at the time a baby lion cub, could have taken out the biggest full grown lion in the kingdom?]]
27th Aug '15 7:56:34 PM whisperstar13
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** It probably took time for Simba to make his way down to the bottom of the gorge, and before that, to even ''consider'' going down into the gorge, after seeing his father fall into the midst of a stampede and fearing the worst because of it. He also had to find the exact spot where Mufasa had come to rest - both of these factors could've given the wildebeests enough time to find a way out of the gorge.
21st Aug '15 2:32:20 PM JPO398
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[[WMG: Vanishing Stampede?]] * Where exactly do all of the wildebeest go after the stampede? We clearly see Simba reach the end of the gorge, which is a massive vertical slope riddled with boulders. How does a herd of a few hundred wildebeest manage to make it out of there?
6th Aug '15 7:16:57 AM ambiguousCase
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** Sure Scar told Simba to be in the gorge, but it was the stampede that killed Mufasa. Before the stampede reaches the gorge, Simba goes off trying to scare a lizard. IIRC, the wildebeests only came into Simba's view after he "roared" loud enough to echo off the gorge walls. Maybe Simba thought that that's what caused the stampede in the first place; in his little-kid mind, he probably thought, "I made a loud, scary noise and then all these startled wildebeests showed up, there must be a connection". If that's the case, then "I caused my father's death," is a reasonable assumption to make.
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