The Lion King is undoubtedly one of the greatest and most successful Disney movies of all time. It has it all. Incredibly catchy music. Shakespearean plot points. And, most of all, the triumphant battle of good overcoming evil.
The Lion King does such a great job of telling its noble story that this major character dynamic has gone overlooked. Tumblr user and professional animator ryanccole made a realization that changes the dynamic of the entire movie. It all comes down to the supposed strength of Simba and Scar, and how the main protagonist and villain may not be the powerful fighters we view them as.
Here's why the big Lion King finale featuring a knock-down, drag-out fight between Simba and Scar was actually pretty hilarious.
Simba and Scar were the weakest alpha males ever
These are the major contenders that enter the ring at Pride Rock. Let's take a closer look at their backgrounds...
Scar was the scrawniest member of the pack
Scar was always playing second fiddle to Mufasa, a.k.a. the feline equivalent of pure muscle, power, and nobility. His brawn is so undervalued that his official synopsis clearly calls out his "lack of physical prowess." The only reason they kept him around was probably just because he was Mufasa's brother. And look at how he repaid him.
And nobody liked him
Let's not forget that Scar was pretty much universally hated at Pride Rock. Since the lionesses are predominantly responsible for the food, it's safe to assume that they consistently gave Scar the smallest portion of whatever kill was left over. Sure, maybe the hyenas helped him out a bit, but you can't deny that his frame is noticeably more gaunt than Mufasa's or adult Simba's, which only got worse while food ran scarce.
Simba's formative years were spent on a diet of bugs
Lions are carnivores that typically subsist on a diet of wildebeest, zebras, buffalo, etc. Simba grows up on a diet of grubs. Now, even if he was able to get a sufficient amount of protein from these meals (and bugs do provide a surprising amount of nutritional value), it's much less sustainable to spend all day searching for tiny crawlies than to have 100 lbs. of meat from one kill.
And he didn't spend much time learning to fight
The other downside of a insectivorous diet is that Simba would not learn how to hunt. In fact, the entire motto of Hakuna Matata essentially promotes non-violence and passivity. This is abundantly clear when Nala easily pins Simba as they're reunited.
These two undercats make for a surprisingly epic fight
All these facts become even more hilarious when you accept that the final fight scene is one of the best scenes in the movie. There's everything you want from a climactic battle. Fire! Brimstone! A meerkat in drag doing the hula! And, of course, two low seeds with a chance at the championship. A true undercat story.
As the ideaman behind this realization puts it, "the final battle was the equivalent to a pasty-faced metrosexual teen slap-fighting a starving 60-year-old."
In all seriousness, though, this is really just another reason to re-watch The Lion King and find even more bits like this. Long live the bug-eating king!