The Hidden Meaning in The Lion King – Earthling Cinema

Greetings, and welcome to Earthling
Cinema. I am your host, Garyx Wormuloid. This week’s artifact is The Lion King, which stars EGOT winners
Whoopi Goldberg and James Earl Ray and is definitely not a direct ripoff the
Japanese anime “Kimba the White Lion,” no matter what you hear. The film takes place on a
landmass called Africa, where there are no humans and
all the animals speak English. The animals are ruled by the lion Mufasa,
who recently sired a baby named Simba and just can’t shut up about it. Simba becomes obsessed
with seizing power for himself, gleefully singing about a time
when his father will be dead. Mufasa’s brother Scar,
no stranger to wanting Mufasa dead, decides he wants to be the one singing. He convinces Mufasa to get trampled
in a wildebeest moshpit, then tricks Simba into thinking it’s
his fault for turning his father on to the club scene. Simba runs away, leaving the
throne in Scar’s capable paws. Simba is taken in by a kindly gay couple and
lives with them in their hippie commune. Later, he reunites with his old buddy Nala
and hakunes her matatas under the stars Almost immediately, she starts
nagging him to take his rightful places as king so she can go queen it up.
Simba says no, since he’s all about good vibes and organic farming. But then a ghost
tells him the same thing and he gets so scared he runs home to confront Scar.
They have a big kerfuffle, and Simba forces Scar to say uncle, then
throws him to the wolves, an Earth expression that means
throwing someone to the horses. Simba becomes king and their barren
wasteland magically turns back into a lush paradise, just in time for the next
generation to come along and screw it up. Because that’s the circle of life. The Lion King is loosely based on the movie
Hamlet, directed by William Shakeshack, loosely based in the sense that it
has the same plot and characters. A king murdered by his brother? Check. The son of the murdered king visited
by the ghost of his father? Double check. Two comic foils who aid our hero by
helping him chill out? Check please! A pivotal scene that takes place
in an elephant graveyard? I forget. The point is, this film is inspired by a guy
from olden times, which might explain its oddly conservative message. There is
considerable emphasis on the “circle of life,” a natural, fixed social order that, if disrupted,
will lead to chaos and violence. Mufasa uses the circle of life to justify
the animal kingdom’s predatory nature. Simba would go on to learn a
lot more about grass a little later. With a small dollop of hummus,
Simba is baptized in the feudal social order. Here, one’s value is determined by birth,
not merit or action or even a well- placed bribe. For those not already at the top,
there is no chance of upward mobility. The message of the movie is “know your place,”
that place being, of course, Africa. When Rafiki unveils Simba on Pride Rock,
the implication is “Look how cuuute!” But he might as well be saying:
“Behold the creature that will one day feast on your carcas in accordance with the laws
of the universe. Resistance is futile.” It is only through subjugation that the animals
can confirm their place in the world, and thus find peace.
This ties into Greek philosopher Socrates’ concept of the “noble lie.” As documented
by his whipping boy Plato in The New Republic, Socrates theorized that if humans were told
God sprinkled gold into the souls of important people, and less precious metals into the
souls of everyone else, they would be happy to accept their lot in life because
it had been ordained from on high. The only animal to reject this feudal society
is Scar, perhaps because he’s the only animal with a visible headwound. The first time we
see him, he picks up a mouse and laments that “life isn’t fair.” He rebels against
the “natural” societal order that labels him a weakling just because he doesn’t have
the golden haunches and perky whiskers of a Mufasa or a Channing Tatum.
When Scar comes into power, he brings about an era of equality, allowing the hyenas to
be on equal footing with the lions. But despite his progressive politics, Scar isn’t entirely
altruistic. His song about ushering in a new world order features Nazi marching imagery
and camera movements lifted from Leni Reifenstahl’s Triumph of the Will, a popular
promo for German tourism. And just like Adam Hitler, Scar’s reign
soon turns sour. By interfering with the natural order of the food chain, a once prosperous utopia descends into anarchy and starvation. Kind of like my first marriage. Perhaps
the only way to combat social injustice is to say “Hakuna Matata,”
which translates roughly to “fuck it.” For Earthling Cinema,
I’m Garyx Wormuloid.

100 Replies to “The Hidden Meaning in The Lion King – Earthling Cinema

  1. I hate it when people say that The Lion King is literally Hamlet. There is an actual African story that more closely relates. And plus, Rosencrants and Guildenstern are evil, unlike the gay, hippy couple

  2. Who needs those obnoxious hairless primates anyway? Certainly not the pale blue dot called Terra. That was young Larry Olivier in the short platinum wig. Sokrates was fug-lee.

  3. Ive got to ask, is there any point at all to the red circle and arrow in the thumbnail? I know this video is 3 years old but they are so overused and obnoxious

  4. very good video. To me being from Venezuela it has yet another level of meaning, of how socialism destroys everything, with scar and the hyenas representing Chavez (or any socialist goverment) and his left wing army , who very much destroyed the country much like in the movie during scar's reign… that being said, I don't think scar is evil at all, he just behaves like a normal beta male, trying to kill the alfa so he can become the alfa himself, he just didn't do it by force but t by cheating his way into it

  5. and just can’t wait for his father to be dead

    with a hippie gay couple

    a big curfuffle


    I love William shakeshak

  6. This movie is one of my all time favourites. This film also has great messages about loss, redemption and revenge. This film also has the Anti Nazi message but also has the massive Anti Communist message towards the end when Scar has ruined the pride rock and has killed many of the animals while his hyenas are still on top of the class. Which is a great message.

  7. 1:13 i did the same exact sound at the same exact moment while eating my pasta

    Idk why anyone would care😪

  8. Scar was a socialist, wanted open borders and let the third world hyenas in and made the lioness do all the hunting which then turned it all into a third world

  9. trying too hard to find the hidden meaning of every story, might as well trying to find the hidden meaning of a peculiar stone, of its texture, in the middle of a forest=it can mean anything

  10. Doesn't the Ghost Dad kinda take away the decision from Simba himself to go back?
    It seems like lazy writing for Simba only come into conclusion to go back when he's basically been told by God figure that he must do what is right.

    I think it would have been more insightful to see Simba himself see some form of a form within the clouds and then just manifest his old fathers face there, realizing that he has been wrong all the time on his escape, and that it is time to go back.

    It even shows wrong message to kids watching, thinking they only have to act right in the face of magical ghost in the sky rather than obeying the honor and stopping themselves from being addicted to laziness.

    Or am I just over-analyzing this?


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