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Artículo We've been living a lie: Scar and Mufasa in 'The Lion King' weren't really brothers Culture

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We've been living a lie: Scar and Mufasa in 'The Lion King' weren't really brothers

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21 Agosto 2017 07:40

Is nothing sacred?

Yes, I know what you're thinking. This must be one of those loopy internet conspiracy theories, like the one that says Beyoncé is a reptile. Somebody with way too much time on their hands has found the ten Illuminati symbols in The Lion King that prove that Mufasa and Scar aren't really brothers. Well, I'm sorry to say that this time I'm not talking about the half-baked speculation of some YouTuber with more imagination than subscribers. The bombshell has been revealed by Rob Minkoff and Don Hahn, the Disney film's director and producer, in an interview with HelloGiggles.

'There was always this thing about well, how do you have these two [male] lions?' says Hahn. '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."'

Well, if they were hoping that the children watching the film would deduce the truth from that one line – despite the fact that Mufasa calls Scar 'brother' and Simba calls him 'uncle' throughout the film – then they were being a bit optimistic, to put it bluntly. 

But the fact is Minkoff and Hahn made the film, so if they say the two lions aren't brothers then they aren't brothers.

Is nothing sacred?

We can't even believe our own eyes anymore.

From the deepest, darkest depths of the internet, expert zoologists with PhDs to 'a man in the pub told me' emerge to share their in-depth knowledge of lions with us all.

And then there's the typical 'I listened to them before they were famous' type who knew the rivals weren't brothers from the first time they saw the movie at the age of four.

Okay, it's true that there are more important things happening in the world right now.

But before we settle the issue, I'm going to rub a little more salt into the wound because I just found out some harrowing news. And if I have to suffer with the knowledge then I think you should too:

In a pride of lions, the alpha male is the father to all the cubs. That means that Simba and Nala were – without a doubt – half siblings. And there we were, all happily singing along to 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight', blissfully unaware that the chart-topping musical number is in fact an ode to incest.

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