Africa in Pop Culture Disney's Tarzan and The Lion King by John R. Murnane
Disney's solution? Show no Africans at all.
Click on the Google search below. Not a single African comes up.
By showing NO Africans, however, the film plays into a major misconception regarding Africa: the idea that nothing really happened in Africa prior to the arrival of Europeans.
A glance at most any history, geography or anthropology text would dispel this notion. The civilization at Axum (present day Ethiopia), the grandeur of Timbuktu or Great Zimbabwe or early evidence of iron smelting among the ancient Bantu are just a few examples.
Created with images by A.Davey - "Church of Bet Medhane Alem (House of the Redeemer of the World), Lalibela, Ethiopia" • ctsnow - "tallest stellae at Axum, Ethiopia"