The Lion Guard will recount the efforts of Kion, the son and youngest child of Simba and Nala, to assemble a team of animals to protect the Pride Lands. Some characters from The Lion King, its 1998 sequel The Lion King II: Simba's Pride and 2004's The Lion King 1½, will appear such as Kiara, Timon, Pumbaa, Rafiki, Zazu, Simba, Nala and Mufasa. It will also feature new characters including a cheetah named Fuli, a hippopotamus named Beshte, an egret named Ono and a honey badger named Bunga, who will serve as Kion's friends.
Runtime: 30 minutes
The Lion Guard - Scar (The Lion King) - Netflix
Scar is a fictional character who appears in Walt Disney Pictures' animated feature film The Lion King (1994). The character is voiced by Jeremy Irons while his singing voice is provided by both Irons and Jim Cummings, the latter of whom was hired to replace Irons when the former damaged his singing voice. Subsequently, Scar makes minor appearances in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998) and The Lion King 1½ (2004), in which he is voiced entirely by Cummings, and has a non speaking role in The Lion King 1½ as well as appearing in the Broadway musical adaptation of the film, in which the role of Scar was originated by John Vickery. Scar was created in 1989 and was created by screenwriters Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, and Linda Woolverton, and animated by Andreas Deja. The Pride Lands' reclusive heir presumptive, Scar is introduced in the first film as Simba's uncle and Mufasa's younger brother. 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 and exiling Simba, ultimately blaming his brother's death on his nephew. Loosely based on King Claudius, the main antagonist of William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, Scar's villainy was additionally inspired by Adolf Hitler. As the character's supervising animator, Deja based Scar's appearance on that of Irons himself, as well as the actor's Academy Award-winning performance as Claus von Bülow in Reversal of Fortune (1990). Before Irons was cast, the directors had considered offering the role to actors Tim Curry and Malcolm McDowell. As a character, Scar has garnered widespread acclaim from film critics, who greeted Irons's vocal performance with equal enthusiasm. However, Scar's violence, dark color palette and allegedly effeminate mannerisms were initially met with mild controversy, perceived by some as racist and homophobic. Nevertheless, Scar continues to be revered as one of Disney's greatest villains by various media publications, topping The Huffington Post's list and ranking within the top ten of similar lists published by Yahoo! Movies, the Orlando Sentinel, E! and CNN. Scar has also been ranked among the greatest villains in film history by Digital Spy and Entertainment Weekly.
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According to IGN, Scar, Simba and Mufasa have since become “household names thanks to the [film's] enormous popularity ... but back in 1994 who could have predicted that these characters would enter the lexicon of Disney's most popular creations?” Scar is considered to be among Disney's greatest villains. Desmond Ryan of The Philadelphia Inquirer reviewed Scar as “the most vivid villain in Disney features in generations.” On a broader scale, Scar is often revered as one of the greatest animated villains of all-time. 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.” Likewise, Digital Spy's Alex Fletcher wrote of Scar in his article “Who is Disney's greatest ever villain?” that “The scene in which he lets Mufasa ... fall into a stampede of wildebeests left lasting emotional trauma on an entire generation.” The Huffington Post ranked Scar first in its “Definitive Ranking Of 25 Classic Disney Villains” countdown. Similarly, BuzzFeed also ranked Scar first in the website's “Definitive Ranking Of The Top 20 Disney Villains” list, with author Javi Moreno accusing the character of removing “the innocence of an entire generation.” Scar also topped About.com's “Top 10 Disney Villains” countdown; author David Nusair concluded, “There are few figures within Disney's body of work that are as deliciously reprehensible and vile as Scar ... heightened by Jeremy Irons' gloriously smug voice work.” Nusair also included Irons among the “Top 5 Celebrity Voice Performances in Animated Films”, acknowledging the fact that although the actor “has played a lot of villains over the course of his career ... none have had the lasting impact as Scar from The Lion King.” The Orlando Sentinel ranked Scar the sixth “greatest Disney villain of all time”. Similarly, Babble.com also placed the character at number six. Included in the website's “12 most famous Disney villains from worst to best” countdown, Yahoo! Movies ranked Scar second best, while Moviefone ranked the character sixth. E! ranked Scar fifth, with author John Boone writing that the character “plotted one of the most painful deaths in Disney history, so you know he'll never be forgotten.” Animation World Network ranked Scar the sixth best animated villain. CNN considers Scar one of “Disney's scariest characters.” 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.” Richard Crouse of Metro cited Scar's “Long live the King” as the character's “Most evil line.” Additionally, “Be Prepared” is often revered as one of the greatest Disney villain songs. 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.” Aside from Disney and animation, Scar is often revered as one of the greatest movie villains of all-time. 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”. Similarly, in 2012, Entertainment Weekly ranked the character the twenty-fifth “Most Vile Movie Villain” ever, while Total Film ranked Scar sixty-seventh in 2014. To-date, Deja remains best known for animating several of Disney's most famous villains, admitting to preferring animating villains over heroes. 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). Comparing Scar to other villains that he has played, Irons said that he “measures very highly,” having “charm,” “Machiavellian qualities” and being “iconic in some of the things he says.”
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