The Lion King is probably one of the most iconic, and successful Disney movies of all time.
It had everything from love, to adventure to absolutely heart-shattering scenes like Scar betraying his brother Mufasa and letting him die in the stampede.
We're still not okay.
Anyway, the whole sibling rivalry was the core centre of the story... but didja know that Scar and Mufasa WEREN'T EVEN BROTHERS?!
Director of the movie Rob Minkoff and producer Don Hahn did an interview with Hello Giggles, where they revealed that...
"[While making the movie] 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 [to reproduce], 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 how do they explain Mufasa's famous last words of, "Scar! Brother, help me!"??
"There was always this thing about well, how do you have these two [male] lions? Occasionally there are prides that do have two male lions, in an interesting dynamic because they’re not equals [since they don’t have the same parents]. One lion will always kind of be off in the shadows. We were trying to use those animal truths to underpin the story so we sort of figured Scar and Mufasa couldn’t really be from the same gene pool. In fact, that’s what [Scar] says. There’s a line, he goes, “I’m from the shallow end of the gene pool.” When he’s talking to Mufasa, when Mufasa gets mad at him for not coming up to the coronation of Simba."
The more you know.