Monday 27 January 2020

This Lion King theory will change the way you look at the classic film

Simba and Nala in The Lion King
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You've got to love the internet

24 years after the release of Disney's iconic Lion King (spawning an oft forgot about sequel and a multi award-winning stage production), sleuths have put some stock into a fan theory that Simba and Nala might actually be related.

A new piece on Buzzfeed details the "power couple", but highlights that the identity of Nala's father is unknown (Simba's father Mufasa died in a scene that would make anyone with a heart cry despite their age) and thinks it could be Scar.

And they're not just relying on Reddit, they reference a university study which shows that female lions prefer a darker mane, also pointing out they're the only two characters in the pride with coloured eyes.

"Males want to win fights without actually fighting so they assess each other on the basis of the other lion's mane... Females may simply use an easily assessed indicator of male quality which is really there for a different purpose," lion expert Peyton West said.

In 2004, film directors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff said that the "general assumption" is that Nala's father is "either Scar or Mufasa". So there are the questions, you never knew you had, answered...kind of.

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