Mufasa (2019 film)
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Mufasa (2019 film)

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Physical information
Gender

Male

Species

Lion

Fur color

Gold

Eye color

Yellow

Biographical information
Also known as

   Dad (by Simba)
   His Royalness (by Zazu)

Status

Deceased

Residence

Pride Lands

Affiliations

   Great Kings of the Past
   Pride Landers
   Pride Lands monarchy
   Simba's pride

Titles

   Great King of the Past
   King of the Pride Lands

Relationship information
Family

Scar (brother)
Sarabi (mate)
Simba (son)
Nala (daughter-in-law)
Unnamed grandcub

Enemies

   Azizi
   Kamari
   Shenzi

While others search for what they can take, a true king searches for what he can give.
―Mufasa[src]

Mufasa is a male lion. He is the brother of Scar and the mate of Sarabi, with whom he has a son: Simba.

Mufasa is the king of the Pride Lands. He takes Sarabi as his queen, and they have a son, Simba. After Simba's presentation, Mufasa confronts his brother, Scar, who was absent from the ceremony. Scar, being jealous of Simba's title as future king, shows no remorse for his absence, and he stalks away. As the time passes, Simba grows into a healthy young cub. One day, Mufasa takes Simba on a patrol of the Pride Lands, teaching his son about the Circle of Life as they walk. Later that morning, however, Zazu reports that a group of hyenas have entered the Pride Lands, and Mufasa departs to handle the situation.

Some time later, Scar alerts Mufasa to the fact that Simba is trapped amidst a wildebeest stampede in the gorge. Mufasa rushes to his son's aid and manages to rescue him, placing him on the gorge's side, but he himself is swept away by the stampeding herd. Mufasa manages to climb his way up to the rim of the gorge, and Scar meets him at the top. Mufasa pleads with his brother to help him, but instead, Scar hits Mufasa in the face, causing him to lose hold and fall to his death.

Years later, the spirit of Mufasa appears to a now-grown Simba, urging him to take his rightful place as king of the Pride Lands. After Simba returns to Pride Rock, Mufasa's spirit speaks a final "Remember" over Simba's coronation.

Biography

Backstory

He's my brother, Zazu. This is his home. As long as I am king, that will never change.
―Mufasa on Scar[src]

Mufasa is the older brother of Scar. In his youth, Mufasa and Scar both fell in love with Sarabi. However, Sarabi chose Mufasa over Scar. Scar also challenged his brother for the throne, but because he was weaker than Mufasa, he lost. Despite the challenge, Mufasa refused to banish Scar from the Pride Lands.

The Lion King

Simba, let me tell you something my father told me. Look at the stars. The Great Kings of the Past look down on us from those stars.
―Mufasa[src]

Mufasa chastises his brother, Scar, for being absent at Simba's presentation

At Pride Rock, Mufasa and his mate Sarabi present their newborn son, Simba, to their subjects.

After the ceremony, Mufasa arrives with his steward, Zazu, and confronts his brother, Scar, for missing the presentation. Scar laments being second-in-line behind Simba, but makes it clear that he will not challenge Mufasa’s kingship, again. As Scar slinks off, Zazu wonders why Mufasa refuses to run Scar off, to which Mufasa says that they are brothers and that Scar has a right to live in the Pride Lands.

Mufasa teaches Simba about the Circle of Life

Months pass, with Simba growing into a lively cub. One morning, he awakens Mufasa to take him on patrol. Mufasa leads him to the peak of Pride Rock, where he shows Simba his future kingdom. He encourages Simba to protect his homeland and to think about what he can give rather than take. He forbids his son to visit the place of shadows.

The two walk across the grasslands, and Mufasa teaches Simba about the Circle of Life. Just then, Zazu arrives and delivers his morning report. As he drones on, Mufasa instructs Simba in a pouncing lesson. Zazu flutters off, only to return quickly with news that hyenas are hunting in the Pride Lands. Mufasa rushes off to deal with the incursion, leaving Simba to return home.

Mufasa is thrown to his death by Scar

Later, Mufasa journeys to the Elephant Graveyard to save his son from the hyenas. He brings Simba back to the Pride Lands and chastises him for disobeying. He then teaches Simba about the Great Kings of the Past and promises that he will always watch over his son.

The next day, Simba gets trapped in a stampede, and Mufasa rushes to save him. Though Mufasa manages to bear Simba to safety, he struggles to climb up the cliff wall himself. At the top, he is confronted by Scar, who heaves him to his death.

Mufasa's spirit appears to Simba, urging him to take his rightful place as king of the Pride Lands

Simba mourns his father’s death and flees the Pride Lands in shame. Meanwhile, Scar becomes king and allows the hyenas to turn the kingdom into a wasteland.

Years later, Mufasa appears as a ghost to Simba, who is living in exile. He commands his son to return to the Pride Lands and seize his birthright. When Simba does become king, Mufasa speaks a final "Remember," over his coronation.

Physical appearance

Mufusa is a huge and muscular male lion with a powerful build, a large muzzle with a white chin, and an exceptionally thick mane that is dark brown at the back and light brown at the front. His short, sleek coat is gold, his lips are black, and his eyes are yellow.

Personality and traits

I'm only brave when I have to be. When there's no other choice.
―Mufasa[src]

It is noted by Zazu that when Mufasa was a cub, he was headstrong and tended to get into trouble like his son, Simba.

Mufasa confronts his brother, Scar, displaying his authoritative and noble nature

As a full-grown lion, Mufasa is wise and noble. He respects and values all aspects of nature. Despite being the ruler of the Pride Lands, Mufasa never flaunts his status nor abuses his authority. He does not regard his kingdom as something he owns, but rather the home that he must protect along with his subjects. He is not interested in subjugating any other land, believing that a true king should search for what he can give for those in need.

Mufusa cares deeply for his family and is willing to risk his own life for them. He is especially close to Simba, who is his pride and joy, and having Simba as his son is something that makes Mufasa proud. While he is brave, Mufasa has a fierce temper that easily emerges when someone disrespects him or tries to harm his family. When enraged, Mufasa can be quite reckless, rushing into danger without thinking. Despite this, he is also forgiving, as he holds no hatred for his estranged brother, Scar, who once challenged him for the throne. Mufasa still cares for him and refuses to exile him, no matter how many times Scar disrespects him. Unfortunately, this makes Mufasa blind to Scar's true nature. While Mufasa is aware that his younger brother detests him, he does not understand Scar's true murderous intentions, which ultimately leads to Mufasa's downfall and death.

Trivia

  • Mufasa is voiced by James Earl Jones.[1]
  • Mufasa is the only character in the 2019 remake to have the same voice actor as in the original film.[2][3]
  • In the novelization, it's revealed that whenever Sarabi asked Mufasa about what happened between him and Scar, Mufasa always avoided the subject by speaking about the weather or the state of the pride.[4]
  • It has been reported that Mufasa's early life will be explored in the upcoming prequel film to the 2019 remake.[5]

References

  1. James Earl Jones. IMDb. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved on September 20, 2020.
  2. Revealed in Disney's The Lion King (1994). Written by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, and Linda Woolverton, and directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff. Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc.
  3. Revealed in Disney's The Lion King (2019). Written by Jeff Nathanson, and directed by Jon Favreau. Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
  4. Elizabeth Rudnick. The Lion King: The Novelization. Disney Press. ISBN 136803926X.
  5. Fleming Jr., Mike (September 29, 2020). 'The Lion King' Followup Set With 'Moonlight' Director Barry Jenkins To Helm For Walt Disney Studios. Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved on September 29, 2020.
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