Simba's presentation
Simba's presentation
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Event Information
Location

Pride Rock

Participants

   Mufasa
   Pumbaa
   Rafiki
   Sarabi
   Simba
   Timon
   Zazu

Outcome

Simba is anointed as Mufasa's heir

Appearances

   The Lion King
   The Lion King 1½
   The Lion King (2019 film)

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

Simba's presentation is the ceremony in which Simba is anointed as Mufasa's heir to the throne of Pride Rock.

Information

The Lion King

Background

Simba is born to Mufasa and Sarabi. As such, he is expected to become the next king of the Pride Lands. Simba's birth is 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 summons his subjects to Pride Rock with a roar.

The ceremony

Rafiki presents Simba to his future subjects

The Pride Landers gather below Pride Rock while Mufasa overlooks the crowd. Zazu, Mufasa's majordomo, arrives and bows before Mufasa. When all the guests have assembled, Rafiki, the Royal Mjuzi of the Pride Lands, makes his way through the crowd and climbs Pride Rock, where he embraces Mufasa and meets Simba.

Rafiki smears gourd juice and sprinkles sand across Simba's forehead, formally anointing him as Mufasa's heir. He then takes Simba into his arms and holds him up atop Pride Rock for the Pride Landers to see. The gathered animals erupt into cheers and bow before their future king. Despite the enormous turnout, Mufasa's younger brother Scar purposefully does not show up, as he is angered at being replaced as the next in line to the throne.

The Lion King 1½

Background

Timon: Hey! It's the monkey!
Pumbaa: What's that he's holdin' up?
Timon: Ah, who cares? It's not important.
Timon and Pumbaa witness Simba's presentation from afar[src]

Pumbaa's flatulence causes the Pride Landers to faint

While searching for a new home, Timon and Pumbaa stumble upon Pride Rock, where Simba is being presented to the Pride Landers. Pumbaa notices Rafiki holding Simba in the distance, but Timon believes the event to be unimportant.

The ceremony

Look, sire, how they kneel before the royal son.
Zazu, after Pumbaa's flatulence causes the Pride Landers to faint[src]

As Timon and Pumbaa mingle with the crowd, Pumbaa becomes a victim of his demophobia-triggered flatulence problem. Pumbaa attempts to escape the crowd, but Timon forces him to remain. This triggers Pumbaa's flatulence, which causes several animals around them to collapse. When the animals at the front see this, they believe that the fallen animals are bowing and so mimic them. From Pride Rock, Zazu comments that the Pride Landers are bowing before the "royal son."

The Lion Guard

"Cave of Secrets"

Simba's presentation is depicted as a cave painting during the "Wisdom on the Walls" musical sequence.

The Lion King (2019 film)

Background

Simba is born to Mufasa, the reigning monarch of the Pride Lands, and his mate, Sarabi. Simba's birth is received poorly by Mufasa's younger brother, Scar, who had hoped to become king himself someday.

The ceremony

Rafiki presents a newborn Simba to the animals of the Pride Lands

The Pride Landers journey across the Pride Lands to witness Simba's presentation at Pride Rock. As the animals gather below Pride Rock, Mufasa watches from atop the promontory. His majordomo, Zazu, arrives and bows before him.

Shortly afterward, Rafiki arrives and greets Mufasa by tracing his hand along the king's forehead. Mufasa leads Rafiki to his mate Sarabi, who is holding the infant Simba in her paws, and Rafiki anoints the cub with the residue from a red root. Rafiki then lifts the cub into his arms and carries him to the peak of Pride Rock, where he lifts the cub into the air for the gathered Pride Landers to see. The animals erupt into cheers and bow before their future king.

Behind the scenes

Media

References


The History of the Pride Lands


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