If You Thought That Scar And Mufasa Were Brothers, You’ve Been Deceived Like Rest Of Us

The childhood of 90’s would not have been so dreamy without the Disney magic. Among its wonders, Disney’s animation series introduced us to the true meaning of love, joy, honesty and, of course, heart ache.

Amongst those Disney classics, who can not vouch for the masterpiece Lion King as one of the greatest? We all loved that movie.


That movie was a roller coaster of emotions.

The lion prince – aka Simba – was taken in by the two craziest outcasts, which we cannot say were the perfect guardians but they were full of fun.

The charming prince falls in love with his long-lost childhood sweetheart, defeats the evil Scar and brings the Pride Lands back to their former glory.

But before all the happy endings stuff, we have to bear one of the most heartbreaking moments of our childhood – the brotherhood betrayal.

That was a horrendous case of sibling rivalry, Scar lures his brother, King Mufasa, to his death so that he can rule over the Pride.

However that not might be exactly the case, I mean Scar surely did push Mufasa off the cliff, but they were not brothers.


In an interview with Hello Giggles, The Lion King director Rob Minkoff and producer Don Hahn revealed that Scar and Mufasa weren’t actually brothers at all:

[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.

Lions are pretty fierce rivals!

But in the light of this revelation how can one justify Mufasa’s last words “Scar! Brother, help me!”

They explained further…

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.

Now that you know that Mufasa and Scar were not real brothers, does it make the heartbreaking incident a little less painful? Does the revelation make you feel entirely betrayed by this Disney classic? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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