Western Animation: Simba E Nato Un Re

Simba Č Nato Un Re AKA Simba the King Lion was an Italian animated series from 1995 that can be summed up as The Lion King meets The Jungle Book meets Bambi with some small additional fantasy elements.

After the lion king is shot by hunters, the other animals of the jungle decide to work together to raise his orphaned lion cubs, including his favorite son, Simba. Simba and his siblings end up being raised by a wolf along with a deer named Buckshot (changed from Bimbo to avoid being a walking copyright infringement), who had also previously lost his parents to hunters. It turns out the tiger Shere Khan was the one who arranged the death of Simba's father so he could be the king of the jungle, and he wishes to capture Simba with the help of his minions.

This show provides examples of:

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Implied that this is the case with the Lion King, Simbaīs father. Shere Khan was fully willing to fight Simbaīs mother by himself and risk facing her Mama Bear mode, yet he didnīt want to face the king, and had to lure him into getting shot by poachers. Maybe the King gets to that position by being very though. Supported by the fact that Simba grows into quite a powerful lion who doesnīt have a lot of problems in his final battle with Shere Khan.
  • Bad Boss: Shere Khan. He abuses Kurdy a lot, rarely appreciates anything he does, and itīs pretty clear he views him more as a personal punching bag rather than a living being.
  • Big Bad: Shere Khan, who destroyed Simbaīs family and spends much of the series attempting to kill him.
  • Badass Adorable: Both Simba and Buckshot when they are kids.
  • Berserk Button: Toy gets rather angry if you happen to lose his/her ball.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Simba spends most of episode 25 thinking about his past and future. One of the visions he has is meeting a lioness, who he meets for real later on. He also has a brief vision of himself wearing a red cape, which turns out to be the magic mantle he obtains three episodes later.
  • Marked Change: Both Simba and Buckshot get this after receiving their star gifts, with Simba gaining stars on his chest in the shape of the Big Dipper, and Buckshot receives a similar gift but with leaves instead of stars.
  • Meaningful Rename: Episode 42 has Toy decide to change his name to "Winner".
  • Mushroom Samba: The second episode has Simba and Buckshot eating some plants that cause them to halluncinate, making them see each other as adults and attacking random plants, apparently thinking they are fighting Shere Khan and the hunters.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Kurdy, Shere Khanīs hyena minion, is generally thought off by the other jungle animals to be stupid and less dangerous than Shere Khan. Even the tiger himself regards him as dumb and useless. Yet, on one of Buckshotīs flashbacks, he was revealed to have been the one who killed his mother. Granted, she defeated him before he could finish her, but he still caused her death by wounding her badly enough to cause her death moments later. It shows that Kurdy may be a lot more dangerous than what he lets on. The threats he once made to Simba and his sisters also proves this.
  • The Owl-Knowing One: Augustine the owl.
  • Series Continuity Error: Episode 23 has Thin and XL claim to be afraid of water after their experience of being washed up in the jungle, yet in an earlier episode, they jumped into the river to get Toy's ball back without any problem.
  • Pet the Dog: Shere Khan is not completely incapable of having a softer moment with Kurdy, and on one ocassion, even share a laugh with him. However, this moments are immediatly followed by him abusing the hyena even further, and mean nothing in the end.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: In the last few episodes, Simba's son looks exactly like he did when he did as a cub at the beginning of the series, while his daughter resembles one of his sisters. Buckshot's son also looks exactly like he did when he was younger.
  • Villains Want Mercy: Shere Khan asks for Simbaīs mercy on their final battle when the later has him around his jaws. Simba is disgusted that he has the nerve of asking for mercy after everything heīs done to him, but ultimately tries to let Shere Khan go when he points out that, if he truly wants to be a benevolent king, he canīt go around killing other animals. Emphasis on "tried", because after he spares him, Shere Khan attempts to kill him when his back is turned, which results in his own death.