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The Lion King
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2033  Tuesday, 8 October 2002

From:           Brian Willis <
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Date:           Monday, 7 Oct 2002 12:16:06 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 13.2026 Popular Shakespeare References and Allusions
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2026 Popular Shakespeare References and Allusions

I finally saw the Lion King on stage last night.  Although it has been
well documented that the film plot is derivative of Hamlet, the stage
play takes the references a step further. Mufasa, the father, in a ghost
scene urges Simba to "remember" that the kings who have come before
remain with him. In a reference that is not in the film, as the music
crescendoes to its apex and the musical concludes, as Simba's own cub is
lifted into the sky, again Mufasa's voice calls out "Remember!"

I also don't know if it has been pointed out, but the middle portion of
the plot, where Simba meets Pumba and Timon, is also clearly derivative
of Henry IV Part I, with Simba as Hal and Pumba as a large beast and
Timon as the voice telling Simba, "Hey! No worries! You have no
responsibilities here." Of course, Simba ultimately accepts his duties
as king of Pride Rock.

I wouldn't read too far into it and dare claim that Ti-MON is derivative
of TI-mon of Athens, but it is a big coincidence, is it not? Of course,
Ti-MON is the complete opposite of TI-mon but this is Disney after all.

Brian Willis

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