Besides the obvious change in the medium which it is portrayed in, The Lion King brings some other new elements to the table. Most popularly noted is a new track “Spirit” sung by Beyoncé playing while Simba and Nala journey back to pride rock to battle Scar. As for the plot itself, a major change from the original is the fleshing out of Mufasa and Scar’s problematic past. In the original film we know of the sibling rivalry is very evident but there is nothing clearly eluded to as a reason for this feud between brothers. In the new film it is revealed through Scar that his disfigurement was the result of a battle between him and Mufasa for the throne. It is also apparent that Sarabi had chosen Mufasa over Scar as a partner, furthering the hostility between the brothers. Female empowerment and matriarchy within the film is also much more evident, with Nala’s daring escape from Scar and involvement in his dethronement. These changes for me were well thought out executions that improved the overall storyline of the classic tale. Overall these changes are effective in fleshing out the narrative and give viewers of the original Lion King some curveballs to keep them entertained while still retaining the factor of nostalgia for them.
Ha, Anthony. “How the New 'Lion King' Came to Life .” TechCrunch , 30 July 2019, techcrunch.com/2019/07/30/lion-king-behind-the-scenes/.