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Simba's presentation
Simba's presentation
Event Information

Pride Rock




Simba is anointed as Mufasa's heir


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It's the circle of life, and it moves us all.
―"Circle of Life"[src]

Simba's presentation was the ceremony in which Simba was anointed as Mufasa's heir to the throne of Pride Rock and formally presented to the animals of the Pride Lands.



Well, I was first in line...until the little hairball was born.

Simba was born to Mufasa and Sarabi. As such, he was expected to become the next king of the Pride Lands. Simba's birth was received poorly by Mufasa's younger brother, Scar, due to Simba replacing him as the heir to the throne. In honor of the cub's birth, Mufasa summoned his subjects to Pride Rock for a viewing ceremony.[1]

The ceremony

Timon: He-he-hey! It's the monkey!
Pumbaa: What's that he's holdin' up?
Timon: Awww, who cares? It's not important.
Timon and Pumbaa on Simba's presentation[src]

Rafiki presents Simba to his future subjects.

The Pride Landers gathered below Pride Rock while Mufasa overlooked the crowd. Zazu, Mufasa's majordomo, arrived and bowed before Mufasa. When all the guests had assembled, Rafiki, the Royal Mjuzi of the Pride Lands, made his way through the crowd and ascended Pride Rock, where he embraced Mufasa and met Simba. Rafiki smeared gourd juice and sprinkled sand across Simba's forehead, formally anointing him as Mufasa's heir. He then took Simba into his arms and held him up atop Pride Rock for the Pride Landers to see.[1]

Meanwhile, Timon and Pumbaa were down below in the midst of a search for a new home. Pumbaa noticed Rafiki holding Simba, but Timon believed the event to be unimportant. They began worming their way through the crowd of animals, attempting to reach a clearing on the other side. As they mingled with the Pride Landers, Pumbaa became a victim of his demophobia-triggered flatulence problem. Pumbaa attempted to escape the crowd, but Timon forced him to remain.

Pumbaa's inadvertent flatulence at Simba's presentation causes the animals in attendance to collapse.

This triggered Pumbaa's flatulence, which caused several animals around them to collapse unconscious. When the animals at the front saw this, they believed that the fallen animals were bowing and so mimicked them. From Pride Rock, Zazu commented to Mufasa that the Pride Landers were bowing before the "royal son."[2] Many Pride Landers also started cheering.[1]

Despite the enormous turnout, Mufasa's younger brother Scar purposefully did not attend the ceremony, as he was angered at being replaced as the next in line to the throne.[1]

In history

A wall painting depicting Simba's presentation could be seen in the background as the Lion Guard explored the innermost chambers of the Lair of the Lion Guard.[3]



TV series






  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 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.
  2. Revealed in Disney's The Lion King 1½ (2004). Written by Tom Rogers, and directed by Bradley Raymond. Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc.
  3. Revealed in "Cave of Secrets" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 21, Season 2. Written by Jack Monaco and directed by Tom De Rosier. Originally aired September 4, 2018.
  4. YouTube favicon.png The Lion King [Simba’s Birth] Deleted [RARE] on the Makayla YouTube channel

The History of the Pride Lands