Brian Kricher performed with Lumière and Mufasa !




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One of the best Disney scenes of all time is when Timon and Pumbaa “dress in drag and do the hula” as a distraction for all the hyenas at Pride Rock when Simba and Nala sneak back into their home. Unfortunately, the remake just straight up erases that entire moment. Instead, Timon and Pumbaa take a page out of another Disney character’s book and begin performing Lumière’s opening lines of Beauty and the Beast‘s “Be Our Guest.” It was definitely surprising and hilarious, but we were achin’ for some bacon! (Yup, yup, yup.)

The Lion King offers a number of lessons around innocence, deception, and love. However, one of my favorite takeaways from the movie—both the original and the remake—is the so-called Circle of Life. We all know the term, made famous by the classic song by the same title.

In the movie, Mufasa, the king of the savannah, teaches his young prince, Simba, about the Circle of Life. Mufasa tells Simba: “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.”

And Mufasa is right—to a point. There is a delicate balance in the natural world. Heres the thing: That balance is constantly changing, said John Kricher, a biology professor at Wheaton College who has written about the “balance of nature” being a myth. Kricher has never seen The Lion King, but he knows it’s not based in science. It’s a movie, after all. The way he sees it, there is no single balance of nature.

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