The Lion King

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The Lion King is a 1994 Disney animated film in which an East African lion cub and heir to the throne of Pride Rock learns his place in Africa's Tanzania's Serengeti. Tricked into thinking he killed his father, he flees into exile and abandons his identity as the future King, only to return years later to face his past.

Directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff. Screenplay by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, and Linda Woolverton. Songs by Tim Rice and Elton John.


  • They call me MISTER PIG! [looses a war cry]
  • Hey, Timon! You better come look. I think he's still alive.


  • Little roar.. [scoffs]
  • Run. Run away, Scar and never return.


  • [to a mouse he is about to eat] Life's not fair, is it? You see, I... well, I shall never be king. And you... shall never see the light of another day. Adieu.
  • [digs his claws into Mufasa's paws] Long live the king. [throws Mufasa off the cliff]
  • Run away, Simba. Run. Run away, and never return.
  • Mufasa's death was a terrible tragedy. But to lose Simba, who had barely begun to live... For me, it is a deep personal loss. So it is with a heavy heart that I assume the throne. Yet, out of the ashes of this tragedy, we shall rise to greet the dawning of a new era, in which lion and hyena come together in a great and glorious future!
  • Temper, temper. I wouldn't dream of challenging you.


When we die, our bodies become the grass, and the antelope eat the grass. And so, we are all connected in the great Circle of Life.
[After "The Circle of Life", a mouse appears onscreen, looking for food. A lion paw hits him, picks him up by the tail: the paw is revealed to be Scar’s.]
Scar: Life's not fair, is it? You see, I... well, I shall never be king. And you... shall never see the light of another day. Adieu. [about to eat the mouse]
Zazu: [out of nowhere] Didn't your mother ever tell you not to play with your food?
Scar: [sighs] What do you want?
Zazu: I'm here to announce King Mufasa's on his way, so you better have a good excuse for missing the ceremony this morning.
Scar: [sees the mouse escaped back to the hole] Oh, now, look, Zazu. You've made me lose my lunch.
Zazu: Ha! You'll lose more than that when the king gets through with you. He's as mad as a hippo with a hernia.
Scar: [sarcastically] Ooh, I quiver with fear!
Zazu: [backs away from Scar] Now, Scar, don't look at me that way! HELP!!!! [Scar traps him in his mouth]
Mufasa: [enters] Scar. [Scar looks back at him with his mouth full] Drop him.
Zazu: [pops his beak out of Scar's mouth] Impeccable timing, Your Majesty.
[Scar spits out Zazu, which he is now covered in lion slobber.]
Scar: [sarcastically overjoyed] Why, if it isn't my big brother descending from on high to mingle with the commoners.
Mufasa: Sarabi and I didn't see you at the presentation of Simba.
Scar: [faking astonishment] That was today? [he turns] Oh, I feel simply awful. [starts scraping his claws on the rock wall and Zazu cringes at the awful sound; admiring his claws] Must have slipped my mind.
Zazu: Yes, well, as slippery as your mind is, as the king's brother, you should have been first in line!
[Scar clicks his teeth at Zazu, who takes cover behind Mufasa's foreleg.]
Scar: Well, I was first in line... until the little hairball was born.
Mufasa: [lowering his head; to Scar] That "hairball" is my son, and your future king.
Scar: Oh, I shall practice my curtsy. [turns away and starts to exit]
Mufasa: [angrily] Don't turn your back on me, Scar.
Scar: [looking back] Oh, no, Mufasa. Perhaps you shouldn't turn your back on me.
Mufasa: [roars ferociously and jumps in front of Scar, angrily baring his teeth] IS THAT A CHALLENGE?! [growls]
Scar: Temper, temper. [Mufasa stops growling] I wouldn't dream of challenging you.
Zazu: Pity. Why not?
Scar: [looks at Zazu] Well, as far as brains go, I got the lion's share, [looking at Mufasa] but when it comes to brute strength...I'm afraid I'm at the shallow end of the gene pool. [exits]
Zazu: [deep sigh] There's one in every family, sire. Two in mine, actually. [perches on Mufasa's shoulder] And they always manage to ruin special occasions.
Mufasa: What am I going to do with him?
Zazu: He'd make a very handsome throw rug.
Mufasa: [scorns playfully] Zazu.
Zazu: And just think: Whenever he gets dirty, you can take him out and beat him.
[Mufasa laughs]

Mufasa: Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures, from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope.
Simba: But, Dad, don't we eat the antelope?
Mufasa: Yes, Simba, but let me explain. When we die, our bodies become the grass, and the antelope eat the grass. And so, we are all connected in the great Circle of Life.
Zazu: [flies to rock] Good morning, sire!
Mufasa: Good morning, Zazu.
Zazu: Checking in [land on rock] with the morning report.
Mufasa: Fire away.
Zazu: Well, the buzz from the bees is that the leopards are in a bit of a spot.
[Zazu's speech continues. Simba's and Mufasa's conversation starts]
Mufasa: Oh, really?
[Simba, uninterested in Zazu, pounces at a grasshopper and misses]
Zazu: [continuing, not noticing Mufasa's lack of enthusiasm] And the baboons are going ape over this. Of course, the giraffes are acting like they're above it all.
Mufasa: [to Simba] What are you doing, son?
Simba: [looking in his empty paws] Pouncing.
Mufasa: Let an old pro show you how it's done.
Zazu: The tick birds are pecking on the elephants. I told the elephants to forget it, but they can't.
Mufasa: Zazu, would you turn around?
Zazu: Yes, sire. [continuing immediately] The cheetahs are hard up, but I always say...
Mufasa: [whispering, to Simba] Stay low to the ground.
Zazu: ...cheetahs never prosper.
Simba: [whispering] Yeah, okay, stay low to the ground. Right. Yeah.
Zazu: [realizing something is amiss] What’s going on?
Mufasa: A pouncing lesson.
Zazu: Oh, very good. Pouncing. [realizing what Mufasa’s doing] Pouncing?! Oh, no, sire, you can't be serious. [Mufasa motions for Zazu to turn back around] Oh... this is so humiliating.
Mufasa: [still whispering] Try not to make a sound.
Zazu: What are you telling him, Mufasa? [looking around uneasily, Simba and Mufasa seem to have disappeared] Mufasa? Simba?
[Simba does a full pounce leaving Zazu stunned on the ground]
Mufasa: [laughs] That's very good. [laughs again]
Gopher: [emerges under Zazu] Zazu?
Zazu: [annoyed] Yes!
Gopher: [salutes] Sir, news from the underground.
Mufasa: [to Simba] Now, this time--
Zazu: [interrupting, with urgency] Sire! Hyenas! In the Pride Lands!
Mufasa: [in a serious manner] Zazu, take Simba home.
Simba: Oh, Dad, can't I come?
Mufasa: [curtly] No, son. [heads off at a full gallop]
Simba: [scoffs, annoyed] I never get to go anywhere.
Zazu: Oh, young master, one day you will be king; then you can chase those slobbering mangy stupid poachers from dawn until dusk.

Simba: Hey, Uncle Scar, guess what?
Scar: I despise guessing games.
Simba: I'm gonna be King of Pride Rock.
Scar: [sarcastically] Oh, goody.
Simba: My dad just showed me the whole kingdom. And I'm gonna rule it all. Heheh.
Scar: Yes. Well, forgive me for not leaping for joy. Bad back, you know. [flops on his side]
Simba: Hey, Uncle Scar, when I'm king, what'll that make you?
Scar: A monkey's uncle.
Simba: [laughs] You're so weird!
Scar: You have no idea. So, your father showed you the whole kingdom, did he?
Simba: Everything.
Scar: He didn't show you what's beyond that rise at the northern border?
Simba: Well, no. He said I can't go there.
Scar: And he's absolutely right. It's far too dangerous. Only the bravest lions go there.
Simba: Well, I'm brave. What's out there?
Scar: [Interrupting] I'm sorry, Simba, I just can't tell you.
Simba: Why not?
Scar: [feigning concern] Simba, Simba, I'm only looking out for the well-being of my favorite nephew. [Scar rubs and pats Simba's head]
Simba: [snorts, sarcastically] Yeah, right. I'm your only nephew.
Scar: All the more reason for me to be protective. An elephant graveyard is no place for a young prince. [faking surprise] Oops!
Simba: [enthusiastically] An elephant what? Whoa.
Scar: [faking dismay] Oh, dear, I've said too much. Well, I suppose you'd have found out sooner or later, you, being so clever and all. [pulling Simba near] Oh, just do me one favor; Promise me you'll never visit that dreadful place.
Simba: [thinks, knowing that he’ll most likely go there anyway] No problem.
Scar: There's a good lad. You run along now and have fun. And remember; It's our little secret.
[Simba leaves the rock; Scar walks away with an evil smile]

Nala: I wonder if its brains are still in there.
Simba: There's only one way to know. C'mon. Let's go check it out.
[Zazu darts in front of him and blocks his path]
Zazu: Wrong! The only "checking out" you will do will be to check out of here.
Simba: Oh, man!
Zazu: We're way beyond the boundary of the Pride Lands.
Simba: Look, Banana Beak is scared.
Zazu: It's Mr. Banana Beak to you, fuzzy, and right now we are all in very real danger.
Simba: Danger? Ha. I walk on the wild side. I laugh in the face of danger.
[He lets out a haughty laugh, but soon it is followed by some boisterous laughter coming from inside the skull. He retires just as three hyenas, two male and one female, come out. These are Shenzi, Banzai and Ed, three of the worst hyenas in the Pride Lands. They slowly advance on the cubs]
Shenzi: Well, well, well, Banzai, what have we got here?
Banzai: I don't know, Shenzi. What do you think, Ed? [Ed laughs wildly] Yeah, just what I was thinkin’. A trio of trespassers!
Zazu: And quite by accident, let me assure you. A simple navigational error.
[He tries to back off, but Shenzi catches Zazu by his tail feathers]
Shenzi: Hey. Whoa, whoa, wait, wait, wait. I know you. You're Mufasa's little stooge.
Zazu: I, madam, am the king's majordomo.
[The hyenas circle the cubs, eyeing them as a potential meal]
Banzai: And that would make you...?
Simba: The future king.
Shenzi: Do you know what we do to kings who step out of their kingdom?
Simba: [scoffs] You can't do anything to me.
Zazu: Uh, technically, they can. We are on their land.
Simba: But, Zazu, you told me they’re nothin’ but slobbering, mangy, stupid poachers.
Zazu: Ix-nay on the upid-stay.
Banzai: Who are you callin’ upid-stay?
Zazu: My, my, my. Oh, look at the sun! It's time to go!
[The cubs try to run, but Shenzi blocks their path]
Shenzi: What's the hurry? We'd love you to stick around for dinner.
Banzai: Yeah, we could have whatever's "lion" around!
Shenzi: Wait, wait, wait, I got one, I got one! Make mine a "cub" sandwich! Whatcha think? [Ed suddenly starts making strange noises and pointing off-screen] What, Ed? What is it?
Banzai: [looks to his right and sees what Ed's trying to say] Hey. Did we order this dinner to go?
Shenzi: No. Why?
Banzai: ‘Cause THERE IT GOES!
[the cubs take the opportunity to run for dear life. Suddenly, a paw yanks Zazu off-screen. He gives a surprised yelp. The two cubs stop to catch their breath]
Nala: Did we lose him?
Simba: I think so. Where's Zazu?
[Cut to a pit near a steam vent. Zazu's shadow is shown shrieking while Banzai pushes him towards it]
Banzai: The little majordomo bird hippity-hopped all the way to the birdie-boiler.
Zazu: Oh, no! Not the birdie-boiler! AAAAAH!!!!
[Zazu shoots up like a rocket. The hyenas laugh wildly at his misfortune, but are interrupted by an off-screen voice]
Simba: Hey! Why don't you pick on somebody your own size?
Shenzi: Like you?
Simba: Oops.
[Nala shrieks as Shenzi jumps up and tries to snap at her, but she and Simba run away. The two cubs don’t get too far before their path is blocked by some red smoke. The hyenas emerge from it]
Shenzi, Banzai and Ed: Boo!
[The cubs run like the dickens toward another elephant skull and almost evade Banzai's jaws. They slide down the skeleton's spine and fly away into another pile of bones. With the hyenas in pursuit, they climb up a ledge. Suddenly, Simba hears a shout behind him]
Nala: Simba!
[Simba turns and sees Nala sliding down the ledge with her enemies closing in. Simba runs to save her. Simba scratches Shenzi's face just as she is about to snap at Nala. She growls frustratingly at the mark he left while they run away. The cubs continue running and reach a deep circular ravine. Desperate to escape, they run up an elephant skeleton and try to climb up, but fall through some skin on the rib cage and gasp as their enemies close in]
Banzai: Here, kitty, kitty, kitty.
[Simba puffs up, but all that comes out is a weak, child-like roar]
Shenzi: That was it? [The hyenas laugh at Simba's feeble roar] Do it again. C'mon.
[Simba tries again, and strangely enough, an adult-like roar seemingly comes out. Nala is confused, as well as the hyenas.]
Hyenas: [confused] Huh?
[Suddenly, a large paw swipes at them. It belongs to Mufasa, who swipes at the hyenas as they try to escape. Meanwhile, Simba and Nala run for shelter. Then Mufasa pins the hyenas, who beg for mercy]
Hyenas: Oh, please, wait! Ow! Uncle, uncle!
Mufasa: SILENCE!!!!!
Banzai: Alright, c’mon, we're gonna shut up right now!
Shenzi: Calm down. We're really sorry.
Mufasa: If you ever come near my son again...
Shenzi: Oh, this is...this is your son?
Banzai: Oh, your son.
Shenzi: Did you know that?
Banzai: No. Me? I didn't know. Did you?
Shenzi: No. Of course not.
Banzai: No. [with Shenzi] Ed?
[Ed idiotically nods his head "yes" with an idiotic smile, while Mufasa lets out an angry warning roar]
Banzai: Toodles.
[The hyenas run off in fear. Zazu lands behind Mufasa and gives a smiling "That'll show 'em!" gesture, but soon retracts it after Mufasa frowns at him. Simba and Nala come out of their hiding place. The former, knowing what danger he's in, tries to explain himself]
Simba: Dad, I--
Mufasa: [sternly] You deliberately disobeyed me.
Simba: Dad, I'm...I'm sorry.
Mufasa: Let's go home.
[Zazu turns back in worry, feeling bad about having snitched on Simba, who walks behind his father, his head bowed in disgrace]
Nala: I thought you were very brave.
[As Mufasa leads them out of the ravine, Scar watches from atop a cliff wall, angry at his nephew's resilience and his brother's meddling]

[after Mufasa rescued Simba and Nala, they're all heading back to Pride Rock at sunset.]
Mufasa: Zazu!
Zazu: [flies to land in front of Mufasa] Yes, sire?
Mufasa: Take Nala home. [turns sternly to Simba] I've got to teach my son a lesson.
[Simba downs his head to the grass in shame, Zazu flies to him and Nala]
Zazu: Come, Nala. [to Simba] Simba. [sighs] Good luck.
[Zazu and Nala leaves the scene with Simba sadly looking back at her.]
Mufasa: Simba!
[Simba get up and starts slowly walking, but sees his pawprints on the ground. He slowly walks to Mufasa and sits next to him and looks up at him. Mufasa closes his eyes.]
Mufasa: Simba, I'm very disappointed in you.
Simba: I know.
Mufasa: You could've been killed! You deliberately disobeyed me, and what's worse, you put Nala in danger!
Simba: [almost cries] I was just trying to be brave like you.
Mufasa: I'm only brave when I have to be. Simba, being brave doesn't mean you go looking for trouble.
Simba: But you're not scared of anything.
Mufasa: I was today.
Simba: You were?
Mufasa: Yes. I thought I might lose you.
Simba: I guess even kings gets scared, huh?
Mufasa: Mm-hmm.
Simba: And you know what?
Mufasa: What?
Simba: I think those hyenas were even scareder.
Mufasa: [chuckles] 'Cause nobody messes with your dad. Come here, you. [gives Simba a knucklehead]
Simba: No, no! Ah! Ugh! [he and Mufasa laugh as he happily lunge and tackle him] Dad?
Mufasa: Hmm?
Simba: We're pals, right?
Mufasa: Right.
Simba: And we'll always be together, right?
Mufasa: Simba, let me tell you something that my father told me. Look at the stars. The great kings of the past look down on us from those stars.
Simba: Really?
Mufasa: Yes. So whenever you feel alone, just remember that those kings will always be there to guide you. And so will I.

[While Shenzi, Banzai and Ed are waiting.]
Shenzi: [Banzai's stomach growls] Shut up.
Banzai: I can't help it. I'm so hungry. [jumps up] I gotta have a wildebeest!
Shenzi: Stay put.
Banzai: Can’t I just pick off one of the little sick ones?
Shenzi: No! We wait for the signal from Scar. [Scar enters from the hilltop] There he is. Let's go.

[After Scar killed Mufasa, the gorge is now dust from the wildebeest stampede. Simba is looking for Mufasa.]
Simba: [coughs] Dad! [hears something] Dad? [A lone wildebeest runs through; he finds Mufasa who is now dead and walks slowly to him.] Dad? Dad, come on. You gotta get up. Dad? We gotta go home. [He tries to wake him up, to no avail. His tears start to well up.] HELP! Somebody! Anybody! [starts crying] Help.
[Simba tearfully walks to his dead father and lays down with him. Scar enters to see Simba with dead Mufasa.]
Scar: Simba. [Simba looks at Scar in shock] What have you done?
Simba: [sadly] There were wildebeests, and he tried to save me. It was an accident. I didn't mean for it to happen.
Scar: [pulls Simba away to hug him; feigning concern] Of course. Of course you didn't. No one ever means for these things to happen, but the king is dead. And if it weren't for you, he'd still be alive. [gasps] What would your mother think?
Simba: What am I gonna do?
Scar: Run away, Simba. [Simba looks at dead Mufasa, then back at Scar in fear] Run. Run away, and never return. [Simba starts running away from his dead father in fear. Shenzi, Banzai and Ed enters.] Kill him.

[After Banzai landed in the cactus, causing pain.]
Shenzi: [sees Simba getting away] Hey, hey! There he goes! There he goes!
Banzai: So go get him.
Shenzi: There ain't no way I'm goin’ in there. What, you want me to come out lookin’ like you, cactus butt?
Banzai: [spits a cactus quill at Ed's nose] But we gotta finish the job.
Shenzi: Well, he's as good as dead out there anyway. And if he comes back, we'll kill him.
[The two words, "KILL YA!!" echoes many times, as hyenas laugh and return to Pride Lands.]

[Simba is laid in the middle of the desert; the buzzards are flying around him in circles and all land. Then Timon and Pumbaa enter with a charge.]
Timon and Pumbaa: HYAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!
Timon: [shooing the buzzards] Get out! Get out! Get out of here!
Pumbaa: I love it!
Timon: Whoo!
Pumbaa: Bowling for buzzards!
Timon: Hee-hee-hee! Gets 'em every time.
Pumbaa: [spots Simba] Uh-oh. Hey, Timon, you better come look. I think he's still alive.
Timon: Yeesh. All righty, what have we got here? [sniffs around Simba, and lifts his paw] Jeez, it's a lion! Run, Pumbaa, move it!
Pumbaa: Hey, Timon, it's just a little lion. Look at him. He's so cute and all alone. Can we keep him?
Timon: Pumbaa, are you nuts? You're talkin’ about a lion. Lions eat guys like us.
Pumbaa: But he's so little.
Timon: He's gonna get bigger.
Pumbaa: Maybe he'll be on our side.
Timon: That's the stupidest thing I ever heard. Maybe he'll be-- [gets an idea] Hey, I got it. What if he's on our side? You know, havin’ a lion around might not be such a bad idea.
Pumbaa: So, we're keepin’ him?
Timon: Of course. Who's the brains of this outfit?
Pumbaa: [picks Simba up with his tusk] Uh...
Timon: My point exactly. Jeez, I'm fried. [he and Pumbaa walk off, carrying Simba] Let's get outta here, and find some shade.

Adult Simba: Relax, Timon.

Adult Simba: [As he and Nala are walking in the jungle] Isn't this a great place?
Adult Nala: It is beautiful. But I don't understand something. You've been alive all this time. Why didn't you come back to Pride Rock?
Adult Simba: [climbs in the vines] Well, I just needed to get out on my own. Live my own life. And I did. And it's great.
Adult Nala: We've really needed you back home.
Adult Simba: No one needs me.
Adult Nala: Yes, we do. You're the king.
Adult Simba: Nala, we've been through this. I'm not the king. Scar is.
Adult Nala: Simba. He let the hyenas take over the Pride Lands.
Adult Simba: [shocked] What?
Adult Nala: Everything is destroyed. There's no food. No water. Simba, if you don't do something soon, everyone will starve.
Adult Simba: I can't go back.
Adult Nala: Why?!
Adult Simba: You wouldn't understand.
Adult Nala: What wouldn’t I understand?!
Adult Simba: No, no, no. It doesn't matter. Hakuna Matata.
Adult Nala: What?
Adult Simba: Hakuna Matata. It's something I learned out here. Look, sometimes bad things happen...
Adult Nala: Simba!
Adult Simba: ...and there's nothing you can do about it. So why worry?
Adult Nala: Because it's your responsibility.
Adult Simba: What about you, you left?
Adult Nala: I left to find help, and I found you! Don't you understand?! You are our only hope.
Adult Simba: Sorry.
Adult Nala: What's happened to you? You're not the Simba I remember.
Adult Simba: You're right. I'm not. Now are you satisfied?
Adult Nala: No, just disappointed.
Adult Simba: You know, you're starting to sound like my father. [starts walking away]
Adult Nala: Good. At least one of us does.
Adult Simba: [shocked at what Nala said, angrily turns to her] Listen, you think you can just show up and tell me how to live my life?! You don't even know what I've been through!
Adult Nala: [worried] I would if you just tell me!
Adult Simba: [angrily walking away] Forget it!
Adult Nala: [angrily] Fine! [angrily turns her head away]

Rafiki: Look down there.
Adult Simba: [looks into a pond of water] That's not my father. That's just my reflection.
Rafiki: No, look harder. [he touches the water; as it ripples, Simba's reflection changes to that of Mufasa] You see? He lives in you.
Mufasa’s Spirit: [from above] Simba.
Adult Simba: Father?
[Simba sees his father's spirit in the sky]
Mufasa’s Spirit: Simba, you have forgotten me.
Adult Simba: No. How could I?
Mufasa’s Spirit: You have forgotten who you are and so have forgotten me. Look inside yourself, Simba. You are more than what you have become. You must take your place in the Circle of Life.
Adult Simba: How can I go back? I'm not who I used to be.
Mufasa’s Spirit: [now fully formed in the sky] Remember who you are. You are my son, and the one true King. Remember who you are.
[Mufasa’s spirit begins to fade away]
Adult Simba: No! Please don’t leave me!
Mufasa’s Spirit: Remember.
Adult Simba: Father!
Mufasa’s Spirit: Remember.
Adult Simba: Don’t leave me!
Mufasa’s Spirit: Remember.
Rafiki: What was that? [laughs] The weather. [scoffs] Very peculiar. Don't you think?
Adult Simba: Yeah. Looks like the winds are changing.
Rafiki: Ahhh. Change is good.
Adult Simba: Yeah, but it's not easy. I know what I have to do. But going back means I'll have to face my past. I've been running from it for so long.
[Rafiki hits Simba on the head with his stick]
Adult Simba: Ow! Jeez, what was that for?
Rafiki: It doesn't matter. It's in the past. [laughs]
Adult Simba: Yeah, but it still hurts.
Rafiki: Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or... learn from it. [swings his stick again at Simba, who ducks out of the way] Ha. You see? So, what are you going to do?
Adult Simba: First, I'm gonna take your stick.
[Simba snatches Rafiki's stick and throws it and Rafiki runs to grab it]
Rafiki: No, no, no, no, not the stick! Hey! Where are you going?!
Adult Simba: I'm going back.
[Rafiki begins laughing and screeching louder]

[Simba, Nala, Timon and Pumbaa make it to the Pride Lands and see thousands of hyenas]
Timon: Hyenas. I hate hyenas. [whispering, to Simba] So what’s your plan for gettin’ past those guys?
Adult Simba: Live bait.
Timon: Good idea. [realizing] Hey!
Adult Simba: Come on, Timon. You guys have to create a diversion.
Timon: What do you want me to do, dress in drag and do the hula?
[Suddenly, the sound of bongo drums gets the hyenas' attention. Timon dances the hula while Pumbaa appears as a roasted pig with an apple in his mouth. Simba and Nala sneak stealthily side-by-side without the hyenas noticing]
Timon: Luau! [sings] ♪ If you're hungry for a hunk of fat and juicy meat, eat my buddy Pumbaa here because he is a treat. Come on down and dine on this tasty swine, all you have to do is get in line. A-a-a-are you achin'... ♪
Pumbaa: Yup, yup, yup.
Timon: ♪ For some bacon? ♪
Pumbaa: Yup, yup, yup.
Timon: ♪ He's a big pig. ♪
Pumbaa: Yup, yup.
Timon: ♪ You could be a big pig too. Oi! ♪
[Timon and Pumbaa shriek in fear and run away with the hyenas in hot pursuit]

Scar: Simba? Simba! I'm a little surprised to see you... alive.
Adult Simba: [sternly] Give me one good reason why I shouldn't rip you apart.
Scar: Oh, Simba, you must understand. The pressures of ruling a kingdom...
Adult Simba: Are no longer yours. Step down, Scar.
Scar: Well, I would, actually. However, there is one little problem. You see them? [referring to the hyenas] They think I'm king.
Adult Nala: Well, we don't. Simba's the rightful king.
Adult Simba: The choice is yours, Scar. Either step down or fight.
Scar: Oh, must this all end in violence? I'd hate to be responsible for the death of a family member. Wouldn't you agree, Simba?
Adult Simba: That's not gonna work, Scar! I've put it behind me!
Scar: But what about your faithful subjects? Have they put it behind them?
Adult Nala: Simba, what is he talking about?
Scar: Ahh, so you haven't told them your little secret. Well, Simba, now's your chance to tell them. Tell them who is responsible for Mufasa's death.
Adult Simba: [after a pause, somberly] I am.
Sarabi: [whispering] It's not true. Tell me it's not true.
Adult Simba: [somberly] It's true.
Scar: [angrily] You see? He admits it. Murderer!
Adult Simba: No! It was an accident!
Scar: If it weren't for you, Mufasa would still be alive. It's your fault he's dead. Do you deny it?
Adult Simba: No.
Scar: Then you're guilty.
Adult Simba: No, I'm not a murderer!
Scar: Oh, Simba, you're in trouble again. But this time, Daddy isn't here to save you. And now, everyone knows why!
[Simba falls at the edge of a cliff]
Adult Nala: SIMBA!
[lightning strikes patch of dry land, igniting a fire]
Scar: [looking at Simba who is clinging to the edge of the cliff] Now, this looks familiar. Hmm. Where have I seen this before? Let me think. Hmm. Oh, yes, I remember. This is just the way your father looked before he died. [he claws Simba's paws the same way he did to Mufasa] And here's my little secret. [whispers] I killed Mufasa. [Simba's eyes widen. In a flashback, Mufasa plummets into the gorge, with young Simba watching in horror while screaming "NO-O-O-O-O-O-O!". Back in the present, a furious Simba leaps back up and pounces on Scar]
Adult Simba: [lividly] NO-O-O-O-O-O-O! MURDERER!!!
Scar: No, Simba! Please!
Adult Simba: [furiously] Tell them the truth.
Scar: Truth? But truth is in the eye of the behold... [Simba chokes him] All right. All right! [quietly] I did it.
Adult Simba: [angrily] So they can hear you.
Scar: [louder] I killed Mufasa.

[Timon and Zazu are cornered by the hyenas; Zazu is trapped in an animal carcass]
Timon: Please don't eat me!
Pumbaa: Drop him!
Banzai: Hey! Who's the pig?
Pumbaa: Are you talking to me?
Timon: Uh-oh, he called him the pig.
Pumbaa: Are you talking to me?!
Timon: Shouldn't have done that.
Timon: Now they're in for it!
Pumbaa: THEY CALL ME MR. PIG!!! [he furiously screams and angrily charges at the hyenas]

Adult Simba: [coldly] Murderer.
Scar: Simba, Simba, please. Please have mercy, I beg you.
Adult Simba: [angrily] You don't deserve to live.
Scar: But, Simba, I am, uh, family. It's the hyenas who are the real enemy. It was their fault. [the hyenas back away and growl in retaliation] It was their idea.
Adult Simba: Why should I believe you? Everything you ever told me was a lie.
Scar: What are you going to do? You wouldn't kill your own uncle.
Adult Simba: No, Scar. I'm not like you.
Scar: Oh, Simba, thank you. You are truly noble. I'll make it up to you, I promise. How can I, uh, prove myself to you? Tell me, I mean, anything.
Adult Simba: Run. Run away, Scar. And never return.
Scar: Yes. Of course. As you wish, Your Majesty! [swipes ember in Simba’s face temporarily blinding him]


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