Search. \"Throughout the movie and the series, the diverse team of young animals will learn how to utilize each of their unique abilities to solve problems and accomplish tasks to maintain balance within the Circle of Life, while also introducing young viewers to the vast array …  E! " In a rare lukewarm review, Anthony Quinn of The Independent felt that Irons's performance was too campy: "more Liberace than George Sanders. Scar killed the rogue lion and his cobra, and was given the nickname “Scar” by Mufasa who was claimed to be apathetic to Scar’s plight. ", Even film critics who generally disliked the film tended to enjoy Scar's characterization and Irons's performance. " Peter Stack of the San Francisco Chronicle commended Disney for "nail[ing] the voice talents," specifically Irons. Be Prepared", "20 Things You Didn't Know About "The Lion King, "In the first drafts of The Lion King, Scar wanted Nala to be his queen! Like Kion, Scar was also gifted with The Roar of the Elders, which causes the lions of the Pride Lands' past to roar with the user. Scar thundered, as the fire blazed around his burning face. He somehow knew Askari … We first learn that Scar used to lead The Lion Guard back in the day. " Praising the film for successfully combining "grand-opera melodrama and low-comedy hi-jinks," the Orlando Sentinel's Jay Boyar concluded that "One reason they work so well together is that even most of the serious sections contain an undercurrent of humor, provided ... by the deliciously droll voice-performance of Jeremy Irons as Scar. "But they had the advantage over us, they always seem to."  After this plot was abandoned, Scar was re-written into a rogue lion lacking any blood relation to both Mufasa and Simba. His main complaint is simply that life isn't fair, and that his status as Mufasa's younger brother makes him ineligible to rule over Pride Rock. Parents should carefully consider before automatically taking a child of, say, under seven years of age, to this movie. When Simba's back is turned, Scar attacks him and they fight. Taka was also jealous from early on of Mufasa, leading to what would one day happen between them. Disney The Lion Guard - Season 2: The Rise of Scar, Part I - The Guard meets Rafiki's new apprentice Makini.  The animals were each drawn with certain human-like attributes and characteristics in order to help convey emotions and tell the story. , Chiwetel Ejiofor was officially chosen on November 1, 2017 for the role of Scar for the CGI live action remake, The Lion King (2019) directed by Jon Favreau, as he had impressed him after watching his antagonistic performance as Baron Mordo in the Marvel film Doctor Strange (2016). settings.  Digital Spy featured the character who, according to author Simon Reynolds, "underlined the sheer blackness of his heart by ruthlessly killing Simba's father," among the "25 greatest movie villains". The Mark of Evil is an ancient symbol representing great malevolence in the history of the Pride Lands. " Although he had starred in a children's film before, the actor admitted that it did not mirror the success of The Lion King, a film that has since gained notoriety for its cast of well known, award-winning Hollywood actors, which animation historian Jerry Beck referred to in his book The Animated Movie Guide as "the most impressive list of actors ever to grace an animated film. The Guard meets Rafiki's new apprentice Makini. " When Jeremy Irons was interviewed on Larry King Now on November 30, 2016, he expressed interest in reprising the role. Zira made up that whole story about Scar choosing Kovu due to her hatred of her son Nuka. Later in the season, the Lion Guard finds out that Scar has returned while they are in the Outlands getting volcanic ash needed to cure Simba from a scorpion sting. Aided by his friends Nala, Timon and Pumbaa, Simba arrives at Pride Rock and witnesses Scar striking his mother Sarabi and confronts Scar, who demands that Simba admit to the pride that he killed Mufasa. " James Berardinelli of ReelViews reviewed, "Gone is the buffoonery that has marked the recent trio of Ursula, Gaston, and Jafar," writing, "Scar is a sinister figure, given to acid remarks and cunning villainy." " (This line is given minor edits for the 2019 remake: "Life's ... not fair.  The film was eventually pitched to Disney executives, one of whom was among the first to observe similarities between author Thomas M. Disch's treatment and William Shakespeare's play Hamlet. However, he was brought back in the form of a fiery ghost in a volcano in the Outlands, thus becoming leader of the group referred to as the Outlands Coalition.  To further emphasize the character's villainy and tyranny, the writers loosely based Scar on Adolf Hitler.  However, film critics also felt that Disney's treatment of Scar was at times too light-hearted and comedic, with the Deseret News complaining, "a climactic battle between Simba and his evil Uncle Scar ... is [a] very bad choice near the end, as Simba and Scar battle in slow-motion, a serious moment that seems unintentionally comic. Scar then adopted the nickname and began plotting to personally kill his brother. The jealous younger brother of Mufasa, Scar was next-in-line to take the throne until his nephew Simba, Mufasa's son, was born, replacing him. Since then, several lions have possessed it, most infamously Scar. With his brother murdered and his nephew presumed dead, Scar returns to Pride Rock and tells the pride that both father and son died in the stampede before becoming king and allowing the hyenas into the Pride Lands. Scar, born Taka, was the brother of Mufasa and the second son of Ahadi and Uru. ", "7 movies that are cleverly disguised Shakespeare adaptations", "Lion King D-rectors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff: 2D's for a 3D hit! and CNN. Scar became the first Disney villain to successfully explicitly murder someone. The Lion Guard “The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar” Ushari and Janja team up to bring Scar back to life. Meanwhile, Ushari and the hyenas team up to seek the help of the Pride Lands' greatest villain, Scar. Swipe Up To Play. shows. Deja joked, "The growling sound could be heard in his recording, so we had to record that part of his dialog all over again. Ushari leads Kiburi and his new float to Scar, who reveals his true intentions....Lyrics: http://lionguard.wikia.com/wiki/I_Have_A_Plan [full citation needed] Official Disney Blogs wrote that the song, with its "hyena backup singers, and the best bone-rattling percussion of all the villains' songs," Scar proves himself "an expert crooner of villainous plots.  However, after The Lion King, Deja finally decided to take a break from animating villains in order to avoid repeating himself, subsequently refusing to animate villain Judge Claude Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) in favor of working on Hercules from Hercules (1997), along with Mickey Mouse in the animated short Runaway Brain (1995). Stephen Hunter of The Baltimore Sun described Irons's voice as "plummy-rich with rancid irony. on now. This game is played by 1528 times, have 7 votes (5 likes and 2 dislikes) and his added 16 January 2018. " David Denby of New York, who otherwise criticized the film, felt that "Irons ... sounds like he's having a better time than he's ever had in movies before. Scar makes a brief cameo appearance in the film during Simba's nightmare. As a young adult, Taka announced his intention of taking Zola as a mate. " Mathew DeKinder of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch felt that Irons successfully "handle[s] all of the dramatic heavy lifting. Villains are very interesting characters, they have the most 'juice' in them, and they invite you to explore them. Meanwhile, Ushari and the hyenas team up to seek the help of the Pride Lands' greatest villain, Scar. Scar's New Origin Story (From "Lion Guard") Scar's spirit returns in an episode of Lion Guard and recites his retconned past through the song "When I Became Scar", which has surprising depth for a Disney Junior program. In cubhood, he was befriended by a troublemaking female cub named Zola. Along with purple zig zags throughout his tail. Shere Khan Vs Scar is an unproduced 2020 American animated musical epic drama film directed and produced by Jon Favreau, written by Jeff Nathanson, and produced by Disney Television Animation, a loosely-based reboot of The Lion King franchise, particularly The Lion Guard. Born weak and sickly, Taka was not expected to survive cubhood. After being summoned, Scar conspires with Janja and the other animals in the Outlands to take over the Pride Lands and defeat the new Lion Guard and Simba, who were initially unaware that Scar had returned. Originally first-in-line to Mufasa's throne until he is suddenly replaced by Simba, Scar decides to lead an army of hyenas in his plot to take the throne by killing Mufasa (succeeded) and exiling Simba (failed), ultimately blaming his brother's death on his nephew. When Scar was younger—as per tradition to all second born children of the current reigning "Lion King"—he led the Lion Guard who protected The Pride Lands and defended "The Circle of Life" from all enemies before his great-nephew Kion led the Guard. He was created in 1989 by screenwriters Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, and Linda Woolverton, and animated by Andreas Deja.  However, Deja soon relented upon learning that Scar would be voiced by Irons, feeling that it would be "fun" to animate a character voiced by such a prestigious actor. Though, as revealed in the sequel and The Lion Guard, Scar did have some supporters, Zira included, all of whom were banished from the Pridelands when Simba took over. Scar survives the fall, but is soon surrounded and attacked by the vengeful hyenas. However, Ahadi and Uru both disapproved, leading to an argument between Taka and Uru that only ended when Ahadi angrily clawed Taka over his eye, leaving the wound that would become his namesake scar. He explains to his followers that he will be using Sumu the scorpion to take down Simba. " David Sterritt of The Christian Science Monitor exalted Irons's acting, describing him as "positively brilliant. Although hesitant that then-Disney Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg would approve, the filmmakers ultimately decided to pursue it, describing the sequence as a "Triumph of the Will-style mock-Nuremberg rally. " As a result of Irons' prominent British accent, critics have compared both the actor and Scar to Shere Khan, the villain of Disney's The Jungle Book (1967), voiced by English actor George Sanders. , In a reference to the role that earned Irons an Academy Award, Claus von Bülow in Reversal of Fortune (1990), the writers gave Scar one of von Bülow's lines, "You have no idea," which is uttered by Irons in a similar tone. Although Mufasa saves Simba, the king is weakened, and unable to climb out of the gorge to safety. " According to Business Insider, in addition to loosely basing the character on Adolf Hitler to further emphasize Scar's tyranny, the filmmakers very much directly based his song "Be Prepared," which references Nazism by having Scar's army of hyenas goose step while addressing them from a high ledge – similar to the way in which Hitler would have from a balcony – in the Nazi propaganda film Triumph of the Will (1935), a film that documents Nazi Germany during 1934. " Similarly, Variety opined, "a generation that remembers the death of Bambi's mother as traumatizing should bear that experience in mind when deciding who goes to The Lion King. home. Scar, upset at being dismissed and mocked for what he saw as a heroic act, tries to have the Lion Guard rally against the king and overthrow him. Also, I animated a couple of those villains because I asked to.  The writers eventually decided that making Scar and Mufasa brothers would make the film more interesting. " These allegations are inconsistent with the facts about real lions: dark manes indicate higher testosterone levels, and experiments show that male lions accordingly find dark-maned models more intimidating while lionesses find them more attractive. American actor John Vickery originated the role of Scar. "Well- Uh.. Simba refuses to believe Scar's lies, but spares his life on the condition that he leave the Pride Lands forever. " On the contrary, Irons revealed to Connect Savannah that the similarities between the voices of Scar and von Bülow were largely unintentional, explaining, "Whatever voice came was arrived at by looking at the initial sketches, and from the freedom the directors gave me to try anything."  However, the role was ultimately won by British actor Jeremy Irons because of his classical theater training; the directors had deliberately wanted Scar "to come across as a Shakespearean character. " Describing Irons as "a gentleman and a brilliant actor," Allers revealed that the actor was constantly offering "extra interpretations of lines which were fantastic. He has also been ranked among the greatest villains in film history by Digital Spy and Entertainment Weekly. In the story, Simba breaks a promise to Kopa, his son, and Rafiki warns against this, using Scar's relationship with his own father, Ahadi, as an example why this was wrong. In the hour-long season 3 special Battle for the Pride Lands, Scar battles the Lion Guard, attempting to burn down Pride Rock, as well as kill Janja and his clan along with them for being tempted to defect to Jasiri’s clan. Scar in life, just after his murder of Mufasa. According to Scar as he explains his story to a cobra named Ushari, he met him when he was the leader of the Lion Guard (going under the name Askari) at the time while scouting the Outlands alone. Determined to regain his birthright, Scar devises a plan to kill both Simba and Mufasa. that "The scene in which he lets Mufasa ... fall into a stampede of wildebeests left lasting emotional trauma on an entire generation.". " Rolling Stone's Peter Travers hailed Irons for "deliver[ing] a triumphantly witty vocal performance that ranks with Robin Williams' in Aladdin. The Lion Guard To The Rescue! And with Scar's vanquishing in the same episode and the show moving on to the Tree of Life arc, it is unlikely that we'll learn any more about Scar's Lion Guard.  This concept was to have been further explored during a reprise of Scar's song "Be Prepared", but both the idea and the song were ultimately completely removed from the film because they were deemed too "creepy".  In fact, the Oscar-winning actor nearly declined because, in fear of jeopardizing his successful career, he was "[h]esitant to jump from a dramatic role to an animated feature. " Leah Rozen of People described Scar as "a flawless realization of Irons's special talent. Scar's final defeat in this story mirrors the Star Wars Expanded Universe/Legends story of the Sith lord Exar Kun, whose ghost was defeated by the ghost of his former Jedi master, who he murdered thousands of years earlier.  Entertainment Weekly included the character in the article "10 Over-the-top Animated Movie Villains", explaining, "you could only expect over-the-top when you pair such a grasping, conniving character with Jeremy Irons' seductive voice. The Lion Guard: Season 4 by The Lion Guard 88 23.4K 234 40 This takes place years after Kion's Coronation, starting with their kids Cover made by @IAmNameTag  Disney's more seasoned and experienced animators gravitated towards Pocahontas, while the studio's newer animators were relegated to working on The Lion King, dubbing themselves the "B-team". Play The Lion Guard To The Rescue!  While Disney executives ignored these accusations, Slant Magazine defended the studio, explaining that Scar's black mane is simply an example of "the animators' elementary attempts to color-code evil for the film's target audience. Here's a quick overview followed by a full analysis: A mysterious lion plants the seeds of rebellion in young Scar's mind  A baboon himself, Scar was their leader.  Scott Mendelson from Forbes comments that while he prefers Jeremy Irons' Scar, he still praised Ejiofor's performance for making Scar excellent and nuanced. , According to the directors, "[a] patronizing quality" was vital to Scar's role in the film. The Strange Lion's origins are unknown, but given the fact that Scar did not recognize him, it seems to be likely that he may have come from somewhere far away from the Pride Lands and the Outlands. This all motivates Scar to give Kion the same fate, instructing the cobra Ushari to mark Kion in the same manner; much of season 3 revolves around the results of this. Scar is the younger brother of Mufasa, the uncle of Simba, great-uncle of Kiara and Kion, and the brother-in-law of Sarabi.  Included in the website's "12 most famous Disney villains from worst to best" countdown, Yahoo! And although it's honestly a little cringe-worthy to watch Scar mince his way through 'Be Prepared,' he proves himself an adept orator, inspiring legions of goose-stepping hyenas to throw off the shackles of the oppressive lions. " Similarly, ComingSoon.net's Joshua Starnes hailed Scar as "the best part of the film." Berardinelli concluded, "The cold-hearted manner in which he causes Mufasa's death lets us know that this is not a lion to be trifled with. " Meanwhile, Scar's mannerisms and voice which, according to Nightmare on Main Street: Angels, Sadomasochism, and the Culture of Gothic's author Mark Edmundson, resemble "a cultivated, world-weary, gay man," has been deemed homophobic by some commentators because, according to The Independent, "the arch-villain's gestures are effeminate" while, in addition to the film being "full of stereotypes," the character "speaks in supposed gay cliches.  According to author Rachel Stein of New Perspectives on Environmental Justice: Gender, Sexuality, and Activism, Irons relies "on his history of playing sexually perverse, socially dangerous male characters to animate his depiction of Scar.  Consequently, Disney was forced to recruit American voice actor Jim Cummings, who had also been providing the voice of The Lion King's laughing hyena Ed at the time, to impersonate Irons and record the rest of the song. The Lion Guard The Call Of Scar Fanfiction. " Film critics and parents alike expressed concern that Scar's violent ways would frighten and disturb younger viewers. ", "Chiwetel Ejiofor Will Voice Scar in The Lion King", "What To Expect From The Characters In The Upcoming 'The Lion King' Adaptation - Entertainment Weekly", "Is Jeremy Irons playing Scar in the 'Lion King' remake? Dispatched with Royal Mail 2nd Class. He is also not allied with the hyenas from the very beginning and has to earn their trust. Simba gains the upper hand and overpowers Scar and throws him over the cliff ledge to the base of Pride Rock.  Like Disney's Bambi before it, The Lion King – dubbed the studio's "darkest" film at the time of its release – was unprecedented in terms of its serious themes, namely guilt, murder, treachery, revenge and death, specifically the on-screen assassination of one of the film's heroes. Chances are if you have a preschooler in the home you’re familiar with The Lion Gaurd. [sic]", Although universally acclaimed, Scar has sparked considerable controversy regarding the character's appearance and personality, specifically his darker-colored fur and alleged sexuality. At the end of the special, Kion defeats Scar by summoning the Great Kings of the Past, to bring punishment onto Scar for his crimes, which results in his destruction, freeing the Pride Lands and the Outlands from his tyranny forever. He also speaks with an English accent. After a big threat Kion uses his roar in anger and summons the evil lions of the past! Kion is about to face to biggest threat of his life! dcom. David Oyelowo (“Selma”) guest stars as Scar and Landry Bender (Disney Channel’s “Best Friends Whenever”) guest stars as Makini, Rafiki’s spirited young mandrill apprentice. He appeared in Season 2 of The Lion Guard. 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All we learn of Scar's Lion Guard is what they looked like when they make a brief cameo in Scar's backstory flashback in the Season 3 premiere. During his reign, Scar takes a more active role in hunting alongside the pack of hyenas, and is also seen trying to force Sarabi, whom he still lusts for, to become his mate and queen. he purrs to Simba, while purporting to be a mentor to his young nephew. "), Tim Curry and Malcolm McDowell were originally considered for the role of Scar. "[full citation needed] While ranking the character fifth, The Stanford Daily wrote, "From his habit of sadistically toying with his prey to his dumb hyena coven to the way he leads the kingdom of Pride Rock into a period of starvation and sorrow, he's a backstabbing dictator of an uncle. " Critics have repeatedly singled out Irons's performance, praising it extensively: Cindy White of IGN called Irons's performance "deliciously smarmy," while Andy Patrizio of IGN wrote that Irons voices Scar "in perfect Shakespearean villain mode. This game have 0 comments. In a minor change to the original ending, Scar initially fights back against the hyenas, but is quickly overwhelmed and eaten alive.  Referring to Scar murdering Mufasa, The New York Times questioned "whether this film really warranted a G rating.  Meanwhile, the studio recruited live lions for the animators to study while drawing.  According to AllGame, Scar appears towards the end of video game as Simba finally "must defeat his Uncle Scar" and "stop Scar and reclaim what is rightfully his. Enraged, Simba tackles Scar and forces his uncle to admit the truth to the pride, initiating a ferocious battle between the pride, Timon, Pumbaa, Zazu, Rafiki and Scar's hyenas. " Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune lauded Scar as the film's "best character," jokingly describing him as "Irons' Claus von Bulow with fur. , The studio originally dismissed The Lion King as a risk because, at the time, it was believed that the greatest films starred people.  Deja revealed that, during a recording session, Irons' stomach was grumbling. 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As traditional for all second-born children of the royal family, Askari was tasked with leading the Lion Guard to protect the Pride Lands and defend the Circle of Life. Chiwetel Ejiofor voices the photorealistic version of the character in the CGI remake of the 1994 film. " (Sanders himself had voiced Shere Khan for Disney in their 1967 version of The Jungle Book). Scar tries to escape, but is cornered by Simba on the top of Pride Rock; Scar begs for mercy and even attempts to blame his crimes on the hyenas, unaware that they are listening nearby. The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar. Described as the film's "darkest" song, a "pompous," "fascistic paean to usurpers," the musical sequence depicts the lion "as a big-cat fascist. Scar is an animated character who appears as the main antagonist in Disney's The Lion King franchise. " Prior to The Lion King, Irons was famous for starring as several villains and antagonists in live-action films "geared towards adults.  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