"It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found."— Luke 15:32, KJV
The first few minutes of the film takes the viewer on a visual tour of the Pride Lands under King Mufasa’s leadership. These first few minutes include several scenes with different types of shots and camera movement techniques to capture the various members of the [animal] kingdom.
Mufasa is betrayed by his jealous younger brother, Scar, who pushes him off a cliff, leading to Mufasa's imminent death.
Scar’s immorality also shows through his hostile aggression towards others
He murders Mufasa and drives Simba away to deceitfully steal the throne.
Simba grows up in exile from the Pride Lands, presumed dead by members of the kingdom, because of Scar’s trickery. Along his journey he befriends a meerkat named Timon and a warthog named Pumba.
Simba stays with Timon and Pumba until he is discovered by his childhood friend, Nala. She stumbles upon Simba after running away from Scar’s corrupt rule and is overcome with emotion when she realizes he is still alive.
Simba wins the battle against Scar and the hyenas, chasing them away and restoring peace to the Pride Lands.
The end of the film repeats aspects from the beginning, but now Simba is the king presenting his son and heir, rather than Mufasa.
Created with images by Damian Patkowski - "Sunset tree in Kenya Safari, Africa" • Eva Blue - "untitled image" • Joe McDaniel - "A brilliant orange sunset photographed from the lookout at Camp Kipwe in Damaraland, Namibia, in April." • Eva Blue - "untitled image"