The Lion King producer reveals that Mufasa and Scar aren't actually brothers

Publish Date
Friday, 18 August 2017, 12:49PM

The Lion King is being re-released on Blu-ray and DVD later this month, and in the lead up, we've found out some pretty cool facts about the childhood classic!

In an interview with the film's director, Rob Minkoff, and producer, Don Hahn, Hello Giggles found out that the characters of Scar and Mufasa aren't actually brothers! 

And apparently it's all to do with the fact that it's not really how an actual pride works.

“[While making the movie] we talked about the fact that it was very likely [Scar and Mufasa] would not have both the same parents,” Hahn said. “The way lions operate in the wild…when the male lion gets old, another rogue lion comes and kills the head of the pride. What that does is it causes the female lions to go into heat [to reproduce], and then the new younger lion kills the king and then he kills all the babies. Now he’s the new lion that’s running the pride.”

"There was always this thing about well, how do you have these two [male] lions?” Hahn continued. “Occasionally there are prides that do have two male lions, in an interesting dynamic because they’re not equals [since they don’t have the same parents]. One lion will always kind of be off in the shadows. We were trying to use those animal truths to underpin the story so we sort of figured Scar and Mufasa couldn’t really be from the same gene pool."

If you remember correctly, everything that went down was because Scar was trying to take over the lion throne from his brother Mufasa — only to be stopped by Siiiimbaaaaaa.

We'll leave you to digest this life-altering fact.