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Lion King director clears up online rumour about Mufasa and Scar not being brothers

It may be harsh, but I don't think that you had a proper childhood if you didn't watch Disney's, The Lion King.

A veritable classic, the animated film told the tale of the young lion, Simba who is to succeed his father, Mufasa and take his rightful place in the Circle of Life as King. However, things don't go to plan when Mufasa's evil brother, Scar murders him in a fit of jealously and convinces Simba that he is responsible.

Whether you believe that The Lion King is just an animated rip-off of Shakespeare's Hamlet, or otherwise, you can't argue with the fact that it remains one of Disney's greatest films. So as you can imagine, people got rather upset when the director and producer of the 1994 film, Rob Minkoff and Don Hahn told HelloGiggles that Scar and Mufasa probably didn't have the same parents. Angered fans took to social media platforms everywhere to lament their destroyed childhoods, claiming that they would never be able to watch the animated classic again.

However, ardent fans can now rest easy because apparently, it was all just a misunderstanding...

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The director of the 1994 Lion King, Rob Minkoff was recently interviewed by Screen Junkies, where he finally cleared up the question of Mufasa and Scar's relationship:

"We got into trouble. In fact, it got printed recently that we said that Scar and Mufasa were not brothers, but they are. I just want to clear that up, just in case that hit your radar," he told the interviewer. 

Minkoff clarified that although it is rather rare for two adult male lions to stay in the same pride, there is no doubt about the two being siblings. And of course, this is even more of an unusual feat when you bear in mind the mating rituals of lions. Lions are highly polygamous creatures; female lions mate with dozens of different lions throughout the year, making it rare for any two cubs to be "full" siblings.

He also settled another conundrum which had been plaguing fans for years - just where did Scar get his eponymous scar and consequent nickname? As the majority of us guessed, Scar got his disfigurement from Mufasa when they were mere cubs.

If you want to hear Rob Minkoff talk about all of this and more, check out the video below:

One thing that Rob doesn't talk about in the interview, however, is the possible incestuous relationship between Simba and Nala. Whilst the two are a definite power couple, it's widely assumed that Simba and Nala are indeed cousins. And in an even weirder twist, when asked at a panel in 2004, Rob Minkoff let it slip that Nala's father is probably either Scar or Mufasa.

Yikes, I don't know what is worse!

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Well, we can't get everything we want. Personally, I'm just happy that it's finally been settled that Scar and Mufasa are brothers after all.

Simba and Nala aren't the only ones out there with a rather strange relationship, here's why Bronn and Cersei from Game of Thrones hate each other in real life...