Top Ten Reasons Why the Lion King Does Not Deserve the Praise It GetsIt bothers me whenever someone or someone talks about what is the "best" Disney movie, the "best" animated movie, the "best" this, the "best" that, etc... The Lion King is always No. 1, and whenever someone disagrees or even hates the movie and calls it the worst in his or her opinion, everyone throws a fit about it and they even swear at or flame the hater for having a different view on the movie. Have you ever heard about people having different opinions? Not everyone is going to like The Lion King, get over it, fans! I find The Lion King's praise and acclaim to be unacceptable because all of it's hype and impact on popular culture has done much more harm than good. There are (valid) reasons why.
The Top Ten
A hyena researcher actually sued Disney because of how the hyenas were portrayed in the movie. Hyenas as "wicked" beings in folklore, myths and other fictional works is bad enough, but The Lion King enforced that and made it worse by treating spotted hyenas like it's a villain-exclusive species when it is not. In fact, this negative portrayal is one of the biggest obstacles to the conservation of hyenas. One other hyena researcher even went as far as suggesting a boycott of the movie during a hyena fact sheet he wrote. Because of this, people just stereotype hyenas horribly because of The Lion King. It's not a documentary, it's just a Disney animated movie and nothing else.
In real-life, spotted hyenas are nothing like the henchmen in the movie and are very intelligent and beneficial to our ecosystem. They're also unique because they're one of the very few mammal species where females are larger and dominate the males. There is no good reason for demonizing the ...more
The difference between this and Jaws is that (besides the fact that the villainous shark was only a vicious wild animal looking for something to eat, and not a whole species cast as henchmen to a main villain like the hyenas in TLK) the original author of Jaws, the novel in which the movie was based on, was deeply perturbed by the negative depiction of sharks in it and even was willing to spend much of his life campaigning for shark conservation. The same cannot be said about The Lion King and it's false view on hyenas.
This reason is stupid I like all animals including hyenas and this is not a valid reason. Only an idiot would think hyenas are evil because of lion king they should know it is a movie not a documentary and made for entertainment not scientific knowledge only little kids will think they are evil after watching the movie. The writers just needed a villain and they could have chose any animal. I can not believe that a hyena researcher sues Disney simply for making hyenas the villain she should have known better I am pretty sure the writers of lion king do not think hyenas are actually evil. You could sue the famous movie jaws for inaccurately portraying sharks as evil, mindless killing machines.
This list is not stupid/idiotic, and no, TLK does not deserve the praise it gets.V 9 Comments
We all know the Kimba the White Lion controversy since it has been discussed many times, but I believe that TLK has ripped off other works, too. Or at least, it's often mistaken as the first Disney movie to be based on an original story rather than a preexisting story like those before it, but that is not true and TLK may have ripped off or be based on Hamlet.
According to Cartoon Palooza, The Lion King is said to copy from Bambi. Disney even planned to make the movie very similar to Bambi, even more so than it is now. I don't care how strong the animation is. The Lion King is not my favorite Disney movie. I love it, but I hate it, according to this list's reasons.
This whole Lion King/Kimba thing has gotten old and is a dead horse. If I'm correct, Tezuka said he would have loved to see Disney make a film on his works. - SailorSedna
If The Lion King is not (just) a ripoff, then it's an homage of Kimba the White Lion.
We've seen these cliches too many times and it's nice to be more creative or different for once. For instance, Simba is the bland, generic "heroes are always associated with light" protagonist who is really a whiny and obnoxious brat who is later an overprotective father of his daughter, Kiara. Nala is the bland, generic "princess" who doesn't do anything but to be the hero's love interest and she can't even fight the villain. Mufasa is the typical, bossy, overprotective father and authority figure who lied about the so-called "Circle of Life" and bans one species from entering the lands for food. Timon and Pumbaa are the typical annoying comic-relief sidekicks. Scar is the stereotypical "darkness is associated with evil" villain who is also more effeminate or androgynous than the male heroes. I hate villains like that, because they get more attention than the heroes and that doesn't seem moral-tastic to me. And just don't get me started with ...more
Zazu is probably a Falco Lombardi (Star Fox) ripoff due to his feathers being blue and his snarky attitude, but even so... Star Fox is much better than this flick.
You didn't mention the underrated Zazu.
I can not think of any other death of a non-villain or other fictional character where people cried like a bunch of stupid overgrown baby toddlers as much as Mufasa's death. There are other (and sadder) non-villain deaths such as, for example, Ferdie the Fox from the Casper animated short 'There's Good Boos Tonight', or even Aerith/Aeris from Final Fantasy VII, but no, people feel more sorry about Mufasa than any of them. Every time you see a video or top ten list about the saddest deaths or something, Mufasa's is always number one. I strongly disagree. I thought Mufasa was a bit of a hypocrite. He goes around about how he tells Simba on how to treat his royal subjects, how to respect all creatures, et cetera, but the hyenas are not as respectable for some reason, therefore, they must live in a ghetto wasteland asylum where they're forced to starve for no reason. I also find it mind boggling that people actually like Mufasa's hypocrisy because they think it adds depth to his character ...more
"You know what, whiners? I think Mufasa deserved to die. His death was a victory, not a tragedy. He was both a hypocrite, a bully and a snob that not respect nature by a hundred percent. All he only cares about his own son and wife, and that isn't enough to preserve the 'circle of life', honestly." - The Ultimate Daredevil, who is literally aware that Mufasa also cares about Nala according to the seventh chapter of the movie called "Under the Stars".
I didn't cry at this. I cried at the Inner Senshi in Sailor Moon dying, Uranus and Neptune dying in Sailor Stars, I've cried at Bambi's mom's death, at Snow White dying, and other scenes like when Fievel finally reunites with his family in An American Tail, I cannot even watch that scene without tears welling in my eyes.
This film with Mufasa's death? Nope. - SailorSedna
In the past, the Disney company and the films they made were supposed to be all family-friendly and conservative, setting new standards for most non-Disney studios to be inspired by, but not anymore thanks to The Lion King. It made everything worse, much worse, to the point that it is no longer acceptable.
What do you mean by that exactly? Did it make them too dark for kids and such? I'm just wondering/curious. - SailorSedna
Well, if you think of it, TLK is a lot more darker and edgier than the other Disney animated films during that time period. It features a lot more drama than most of the other films, and is a lot more violent and it introduces the first character ever to fart in the Disney animated canon (Pumbaa), the list keeps going on and on... (Many people on the Internet have written essays on The Lion King and other films many times in case you'd like to know more)
It should've never been made and it sucked big time, I fear it may giving kids the wrong message on African wildlife by telling them that hyenas are bad animals (despite having one good one in the show), while all other animals are good.
TLG is also the worst and most overrated show of today's generation. It's supposed to be for the preschool demographic, yet it contains mature content that is more suitable for a more adult show and may traumatize small children, and I heard that the second season is going to be darker. I'm hoping that TLG would be cancelled soon.
You know what makes The Lion King (trilogy) a heartfelt, deft masterpiece in comparison? Not just The Lion Guard, but Disney Junior as a whole!
The art and animation look like crap. - SailorSednaV 1 Comment
Many claim they're the best songs in any Disney film but they aren't. Examples...
"Circle of Life" just encourages everyone to follow the same old 'when you're older, you have to get laid, get married and have children. When you grow old, you die. That's just the way it is' rule in which not everyone wants to get laid or have children for crying out loud.
"Just Can't Wait To Be King" is about abusing your power. It is annoying, and a pain to listen to if you ask me.
"Be Prepared" is praised by fans to the point that it's much more overrated than "Let It Go" (it even has a Nazi reference because of how the hyenas goose-step while marching. How horrible is that? ).
"Hakuna Matata" has no moral value whatsoever. It's like "No worries! Forget the death of your family member, and move on. Eat like us, and enjoy our farts! " You get the point.
"Can You Feel The Love Tonight" is just a sappy ripoff of either "Bella Notte" or *barf* "Some Day My Prince Will ...more
The Lion King isn't a classic, and yes, people can have different opinions, so this means they can insult The Lion King if they want to!
I do like "Just Can't Wait to be King" and "Hakuna Matata" (minus the farting thing), but "Bare Necessities" is better than "Hakuna Matata" and I can't stand "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" (come at me haters! ). - SailorSedna
You Don't Insult A Classic Like The Lion King
People who like the movie are so overprotective of it and treat it like it is better than everything else (when it isn't). They go as far as telling you to treat the movie the way you wanted to be treated, and if you don't, they threaten to call the police on you if you say anything negative about the movie, even once. Seriously, The Lion King and everything in it are all fictional, and it's not a crime to hate the movie and boycott it, and there is a lot more to life than watching movies or T.V. shows or playing video games and whining all about it.
I also hate it when fans make crossovers of anything or everything they want with The Lion King. They never make sense at all.
I'm aware that people have different likes and dislikes, but The Lion King fandom... God. They are mostly rabid and perverse, and there are hardly any sane fans of the movie anymore. They treat the movie like it's better than everything else and they threaten if you say you hate the movie or like a different movie/franchise better. And when another movie becomes more popular and more of a box office hit than The Lion King, the fans will complain about it and call it "overrated" while liking TLK better.
I thought of using some Lion King names for some characters and such but I'm not gonna.
I've seen all sorts of nasty pictures of the Lion King, like Madaro123 making fart fetish with the hyenas, Timon scat fetish/crossdressing, the HyenasSBE drawing the hyenas, like Shenzi like if Masami Obari would draw them (and he even got the color of their bellies wrong, they're like grayish, not yellow). - SailorSedna
Nala may have been "strong" as a cub when she wrestled Simba to the Elephant Graveyard, then becomes a wuss as an adult as she and the other lionesses were unable to fight Scar until Simba comes and joins them in the fight.
Plus he's biased.
Mufasa told Simba to respect all creatures? All we got is when hyenas came to the Pride Lands, Mufasa rushed out and forced them into a ghetto where they starve for no reason. I wouldn't want anyone treating me like that. One may argue on how "the hyenas are the bad guys", but Simba and Mufasa forced the WHOLE species to live in the ghetto called the "Outlands" or "Elephant Graveyard" or whatnot, and not just the evil hyena characters. Even when the new spinoff The Lion Guard introduced the so-called good hyena Jasiri, she still lives in this ghetto that the evil hyenas live. It goes to show that Simba and the rest of the Pride-landers are prejudiced against hyenas no matter what, just for being hyenas. It's like if the Pride Lands is home to all the bullies of the African savannah. The same thing can be said about leopards, since the leopards in The Lion Guard live somewhere outside the Pride Lands, but unlike hyenas, leopards aren't as discriminated as much. I wonder why? It's ...more
I know this is a Disney animated movie and the characters are all fictional, but it is still true that Disney animators tried to make the animals look realistic, even bringing real animals to the studio and going to various zoos and wildlife parks as a reference, and people think the characters act true to their real species because of this when they're just fictional characters. It is a problem when people think every lion in the world is like Simba or Mufasa, or that every hyena is like Shenzi, Banzai and Ed, for example, when that is not true at all. In fact, the villainous hyenas are such a bad representation of their species that a hyena biologist tried to sue Disney because of this, and another encouraged audiences to boycott the movie.
I used to make that excuse not to like Disney. - The Ultimate Daredevil, an avid Disney fan remembering his near past
Usually that's not a good excuse, as there are some good kids' stuff out there and ones that are better than this. - SailorSedna
Babar is awesome kids' media. So much Disney franchises are great media.
Except TLK isn't great media at all. There are better films/franchises out there.V 1 Comment
The non-Disney animated movie that I worry about more than the rest is Balto, because people constantly compare it to The Lion King too much, and even think of it as a ripoff of TLK when it isn't. Balto's characters are not the same as those of The Lion King... And just don't get me started on the sequels as they were only made to cash in the success of the first movie. Balto is also mistaken for a Disney film when it's not that, either. Balto was made by Universal and Amblimation, by the way.
I can agree with this. - SailorSedna
Nice to see someone agrees. TLK really overshadows all other animated movies. It's just not fair.
There has to be movies that people like better than The Lion King... Heck, perhaps I could go as far to say that ALL other movies are better than The Lion King, even the cruddy ones. There are plenty of alternatives out there.
I know. Much better movies than The Lion King are The Shawshank Redemption, The Avengers, Megamind, Surf's Up, Ice Age, Big Hero 6, Saving Private Ryan, Aladdin, Beavis & Butthead Do America, Jonah: A Veggietales Movie, Punch-Drunk Love, An American Tail, Aardman movies and Citizen Kane. Tell me why you think so.
Sailor Moon R the Movie, Sailor Moon SuperS the Movie, Kiki's Delivery Service, The Care Bears Movie, Spirited Away, Home Alone 1-2, Blues Brothers, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Aristocats, The Rescuers, An American Tail, The Secret of NIMH, All Dogs Go to Heaven, Jungle Book, Toy Story 1-3, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, A Christmas Story, anyone? Shall I name more? - SailorSedna
Including the same hyenas. The hyena activists might as well boycott KHII, too.
At the same time as I agree, I feel like the hyenas are portrayed to be evil for entertainment purposes. Disney might be making countries look like bad, dangerous places (it may be racist), but it's also meant for entertainment purposes.
When Simba was young, he was your typical little kid. Just... no. Simba is more three-dimensional than all The Lion King characters, but seriously. He cried like a little kid when he was that young. Obviously, it was because of King Mufasa's death which is not the most tragic death I encountered.
Absolutely not. But you know what fits the "epic" tone of the film? IF PUMBAA WENT SUPER SAIYAN!
Scar doesn't seem that much of a bad guy now that I'm reading about how Mufasa was... - SailorSedna
I always thought Zira was a more menacing villain, like AniMat according to his list of "Top 10 Best Animated Sequels". I've seen way worse Disney movies than The Lion King (not that this trilogy is a masterpiece, but I give it a 4/5 for trying) such as Mr. Magoo, some Disney Channel Original Movies (such as Zapped!, Girl vs. Monster, Teen Beach Movie and Return to Halloweentown), Strange Magic, Home on the Range, Doug's 1st Movie, Disney Junior movies, Chicken Little, Frozen, straight-to-video Disney sequels (especially Beauty & the Beast: Belle's Magical World, The Hunchback of Notre Dame II and Mulan II) and Miley Cyrus movies.
How is that good?! >:(
You never learned much about any of them, or at least enough to care.
Enough with the cliches, already.
Hamlet was better and deeper. - SailorSedna
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