The Lion King
The Lion King Pride Rock is ruled by the pride of lions that reside within the Pride Lands of Africa. King Mufasa and Queen Sarabi’s new son, Simba, is given to the animals that gather by Rafiki the mandrill who is the kingdom’s shaman and advisor. Mufasa’s younger brother, Scar, covets the throne.
Mufasa demonstrates to Simba the Pride Lands as a cub and explains his role. Simba is told by Mufasa to avoid the graveyard of the elephants. But, Simba and his best friend are encouraged to visit the graveyard by three hyenas Shenzi and Banzai. Mufasa, the principaldomo is alerted, and he rescues the cubs. While Simba is upset that he didn’t follow his instructions and put Nala and himself in danger, Mufasa forgave him and explained that the great kings from the past watched the cubs from the skies of night, which will be the same spot where Mufasa will keep watch over Simba. Scar was the one who planned the attack, visits the Hyenas, and persuades them to take down Mufasa, Simba and Nala, and grant them hunting rights in the Pride Lands.
Scar creates a trap to Simba, Mufasa and Mufasa by inducing Simba to a gorge where the hyenas will force a large number of wildebeest into a stampede, threatening to take him down. Mufasa saves Simba but is hung perilously from the gorge’s edge He begs for Scar’s assistance but Scar is able to throw Mufasa back into the stampede and he falls to his death. Scar tricks Simba to believe that the accident was his fault, and tells him to leave the Kingdom and never return. He then commands the hyenas to kill Simba however Simba is able to escape. Not knowing that Simba survived, Scar declares with joy that the stampede has killed Mufasa and Simba and then takes over as the new king, allowing the hyenas to enter the Pride Lands.
After Simba collapses in a desert, he is saved by two outcasts who are also outcasts: Timon and Pumbaa Pumbaa, who are a meerkat and a warthog. Simba grows up with his two new companions in their oasis, living in a relaxed lifestyle under the motto ” hakuna matata” (“no worries” in Swahili). An adult Simba saves Timon as well as Pumbaa from the lioness’s hunger, which is actually Nala. Simba and Nala are in love, and she encourages him to go to his home. She informs Simba that the Pride Lands are now a deserted, drought-ridden area due to Scar’s rule. Simba who is still stricken with guilt over Mufasa’s demise, refuses to go and runs away. Rafiki says to Simba that Mufasa remains with him. Simba is visited at night by the spirit of Mufasa who informs him that he needs to take his rightful place among the kings. Rafiki says to Simba to learn from his past and not run from it. Simba then decides to return to the Pride Lands.
Supported by his companions, Simba sneaks past the hyenas at Pride Rock and confronts Scar who is shocked to be alive. Scar insults Simba regarding his involvement in the death of Mufasa and then drags Simba to the edge of the rock, where Simba informs Simba that he killed Mufasa. Scar is furious, and Simba responds by revealing to Scar the truth to the others. Timon, Pumbaa, Rafiki, Zazu, and the lionesses fend off the hyenas as Scar, attempting to escape, is held by Simba at the ledge that is near the top of Pride Rock. Scar pleads for mercy and blames his crime on the hyenas. Simba saves his life, but demands that he leave the Pride Lands forever. After a brief battle, Scar is knocked off the ledge to the ground below by Simba. Scar survives the fall but the hyenas overheard Scar accusing them, and they take him down to the ground.
Simba is made King, and Nala is made queen. As the Pride Lands restored, Rafiki presents Simba and Nala’s newborn cub to the animals to continue the cycle of life.