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.
|“||Timon: He-he-hey! It's the monkey!
Pumbaa: What's that he's holdin' up?
Timon: Awww, who cares? It's not important.
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.
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.
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." Many Pride Landers also started cheering.
- In King of the Jungle, an early draft of The Lion King, Simba's presentation opened with a Swahili prayer and included dialogue.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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