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Opinion by lionkingartist posted 18 days ago
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I was answering a question today under Forums because someone had asked "how we know so much about the characters and their back grounds?" Well I gave a pretty lengthy answer but it's worth mentioning again I think.

You see when you're as passionate about something as a die hard lion king fan you can understand where I am coming from. You see these characters as real, even though you know they aren't. It's about the extensive research into the minds and hearts of the characters we've come to know and love. I can't tell you how many what if? Stories and scenarios I personally have come up with and also have read and you know they always make sense in theory! But it's not the fact that it's not canon or that they will never (sad to say) make another sequel as good as the first but it's the fact that us fans have something to hold on to.

Let's take Kopa for instance,yeah,yeah we all know he doesn't really exist according to film canon but! That doesn't mean he doesn't exist! He exists because someone thought it would be cool to make a a continuity where Simba has a son instead of a daughter. And the way I see it, is that it's just an alternate universe...
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Guide by glelsey posted 2 months ago
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An archetype is a model device commonly used in media, and there are quite a few of them present in The Lion King. Sometimes archetypes are used to allow the viewer to make a better connection with a character or narrative, sometimes they are used to symbolise something important, and sometimes they are used simply because it makes sense to do so. Here are just some of the archetypes used in the 1994 animated movie...

Reluctant Hero
This is, of course, Simba. The Reluctant Hero is a common archetype used in a lot of movies, and is normally the protagonist. Simba is the good guy and the rightful king to the Pridelands, even though for a large portion of his life he would rather leave the past behind him. It takes a lot of encouraging from other characters until he finally returns home and faces the antagonist Scar to take back his kingdom.

Wise Old Man
This character archetype is almost always present in a work that contains a Reluctant Hero, and acts as a guide or mentor to them on their journey. The Lion King's Wise Old Man is Rafiki. While Rafiki is present a number of times throughout the film, his Wise Old Man...
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Opinion by TimnaciousD posted 3 months ago
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Rumours persist that Disney intend to film all the old school animated movies as live-action remakes. If a Lion King remake is green lighted, here is how I think they should proceed:

1. Make an adaptation of the musical- with "The Madness of King Scar" intact. That song, along with the "One By One" sequence, gives us a touch more detail as to why the Pride Lands went to hell during Scar's time as king. The original movie is kind of like "Fuck you, The Pride Lands are falling because Scar is the bad guy!" whereas the MUSICAL establishes the fact that the hyenas are destroying the Pride Lands.

2. Utilise "He Lives In You". I can see Mufasa singing that.

3. Seeing the animal's faces move is a little bit alienating. It's like watching the dogs talk in Snow Buddies. Maybe their lines could be like an inner monologue or something. You know like the Snake from Conan The Barbarian or Wishbone from Wishbone.

4. DO NOT MAKE THIS CGI OK! THAT WOULD SUCK! IT WOULD BE A SLAP IN THE FACE TO FANS EVERYWHERE!
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