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Forget everything you thought you knew about The Lion King. Sure, you might know all the words to "Hakuna Matata," "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" and "Be Prepared," and maybe you can even recite the entire script word-for-word. But you probably didn't know the craziest Disney secret of all time — Mufasa and Scar aren't actually brothers.

[Credit: Disney]
[Credit: Disney]

I know, I know! How could the most tragic scene in animated film history be a lie? When Scar devilishly whispers, "Long live the king" into his brother's ear before viciously throwing him off a cliff into a rampaging stampede, our little hearts broke. Scar's evil facade held strong bearing on this act, considering Mufasa was his brother.

Well, as recently revealed by Rob Minkoff and Don Hahn, the director and producer of the animated classic, the two lions weren't from the same blood-line. As Hahn told Hello Giggles:

"There was always this thing about well, how do you have these two [male] lions? Occasionally there are prides that do have two male lions, in an interesting dynamic because they’re not equals. One lion will always kind of be off in the shadows."

The betrayal! [Credit: Disney]
The betrayal! [Credit: Disney]

Which is the case in the 1994 classic film. Quite literally cast in the "dark shadowy place," Scar watched from afar as his proclaimed brother ruled high on Pride Rock. is thought to be derived from Shakespeare classic Hamlet, so the story of a young Simba's journey to avenge his father's death at the hands of his uncle left little to question as to the validity of the lion's family ties.

Hahn pointed out that, although Mufasa refers to Scar as "brother," it's a reference to them being in the same pride, not necessarily the same gene pool. In the same interview, The Lion King producers reveal they knew it would be unlikely for Scar and Mufasa to have the same parents. In the wild, when a male lion ages, it's a rogue lion that kills the head of the pride (sound familiar?) and takes over.

Hahn continued to scathe our childhood by adding:

"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. In fact, that’s what [Scar] says. There’s a line, he goes, 'I’m from the shallow end of the gene pool.'"

Disney Fans React To The News

The Twitter-verse did not take too kindly to this news, and it caused somewhat of an uproar (ha):

There was a lot of confusion:

And some just wouldn't accept it:

Pouncing off of these reactions, it's somewhat unnerving to learn one of Disney's iconic villains backstory is not true to the story we've carried with with us since the film's initial release over 20 years ago.

In the meantime, you can re-watch the animated classic with this in mind when Disney releases The Lion King on Blu-ray and DVD on August 29.

What do you think of this revolutionary news? Does it change your mind about Scar's betrayal? Tell us in the comments below!

(Source: Hello Giggles)


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