Peter Parker militaristic spoken-word Simba’s predology!




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Here’s another nit-picky detail you probably couldn’t help noticing. In the original Lion King, Rafiki takes his time to draw the cutest little image of baby Simba on his home tree. In the new version, he weirdly takes a bunch of bugs (real talk: huge bugs in live-action movies are just as gross as seeing them in real life) and arranges them on the tree trunk. Then he blows some dust over them and it leaves an outline of Simba’s face. Why this all-knowing monkey trusted a bunch of bugs to create this sacred drawing is a mystery that will never be solved.

One of the biggest changes from the original comes in the form of Scar’s relationship with the hyenas. The animated movie makes it clear from the first scene Scar shares with the hyenas that they’re old … well, friends wouldn’t be the word that Scar used. More like “trusted” henchman for the lion to exploit ( … but the hyenas sure think they’re old pals with Scar).

The 2019 movie flips the script on this dynamic and has Scar meeting the hyenas for the first time right before he launches into the more intense and militaristic spoken-word version of “Be Prepared.” He approaches the hyenas with the plan to murder both Mufasa and Simba, allowing him to take the throne, and he allies himself with the hyenas to make it happen. There’s less implicit trust this time around than in the original, making Scar’s bloody end at the hands (er, teeth?) of these same hyenas a lot more understandable.

The trio of hyenas in the original movie are iconic, thanks to Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin and Jim Cummings as Shenzi, Banzai and Ed, respectively. But Shenzi is the only one who remains the same in the 2019 version (voiced by Florence Kasumba). The two male hyenas in the main trio are now Kamari and Azizi, voiced by Keegan-Michael Key and Eric Andre. Their traits are pretty much the same, though, with Kamari being the smarter of the two. Azizi is still the dumb one of the bunch, but instead of not being able to stop laughing (almost maniacally so), Andre’s spin on the goofy hyena sees him as more oblivious to personal space. Still funny, just in a different way.

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