The Lion King Fandom and Hatedom
The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd Disney animated feature film and the fifth animated film during a period called the Disney Renaissance. Being influenced by the Biblical stories of Joseph and Moses while also having some elements with William Shakespeare's Hamlet, the movie takes place in a kingdom of lions in Africa. The Lion King tells the story of Simba, a young lion who is to succeed his father, Mufasa, as King of the Pride Lands; however, after Simba's paternal uncle Scar murders Mufasa, Simba is manipulated into thinking he was responsible and flees into exile. After growing up in the company of the carefree outcasts Timon and Pumbaa, Simba receives valuable perspective from his childhood friend, Nala, and his shaman, Rafiki, before returning to challenge Scar to end his tyranny and take his place in the Circle of Life as the rightful King. This movie has gotten a positive reaction from many people who praised the film for its music, story, and animation. With an initial worldwide gross of $766 million, it finished its theatrical run as the highest-grossing release of 1994, the highest-grossing animated film and the second-highest-grossing film of all time. It is also the highest-grossing traditionally animated film of all time, as well as the best-selling film on home video, having sold over 30 million VHS tapes. The Lion King garnered two Academy Awards for its achievement in music and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. The film has led to many derived works, such as a Broadway adaptation; two direct-to-video follow-ups—the sequel, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998), and the prequel/parallel, The Lion King 1½ (2004); two television series, Timon and Pumbaa and The Lion Guard; a 3D re-release in 2011; and a photorealistic remake in 2019, which also became the highest-grossing animated film at the time of its release. In 2016, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". Of course, we all know how well made this movie is, but the fandom is really toxic. The hatedom, on the other hand, is mostly rare, but it does have a dark side.
Why They Can't Feel the Love Tonight
- They always ignore that The Lion King is based on the lives of Joseph and Moses from The Bible as well as Hamlet.
- They still fight at each other over the whole debate on whether or not The Lion King is a rip-off of Kimba the White Lion and/or Hamlet.
- They don't just enjoy the film. They instead exalt this film and the franchise like a gift from God. So much so that they literally act like Raimi-tards.
- They overpraise this film way too much that they would think that "any movie or cartoon that isn't The Lion King is trash". Have we heard this before? Sure you have!
- If you were to say you dislike this film or the franchise, there is a huge chance that they will attack you like wild animals. Even if you dislike the film maturely, they can still gang up on you. The same could be said about them overpraising the characters like Gods so much, they cannot tolerate other people's tastes. They go as far as forcing you to like this film.
- They think that everything is like the said franchise. We mean everything in existence, with no exceptions.
- Some think that all spotted hyenas are "evil" just because of Shenzi, Banzai (Kamari in the 2019 remake), and Ed (Azizi in the 2019 remake) being Scar's henchmen. Seriously now, if you were to study the hyenas we have in real life, then you would know what hyenas actually do.
- On the flip side, they think that the lions (even though Scar is evil), meerkats, and warthogs act like the ones in The Lion King when they are fictional. This could also go for other animals that appeared in the franchise such as the ones in The Lion Guard.
- Zoophiles are still present in the fandom just because of their attraction towards many of the animal characters.
- When Mufasa died in the movie, they took it way too seriously like he was real. Yes, we know that it's heartbreaking to see a relative die (especially if children are watching this film), but it's only fictional at the end of the day. The same could be said about Nuka's death as well.
- They always ignore the flaws that this movie has all thanks to them praising it to no end. Yes, the film is enjoyable and does have nostalgia value, but it does have its faults such as the story being a little predictable or the potty humor in Pumbaa's farts. The same can be said about the rest of the franchise as well.
- They create some nasty artwork and disturbing fanfictions of the character without realizing that they are only animals. It's more freaky when people would do this to some of the younger characters such as the cub versions of Simba and Nala.
- They make some lazy artwork by tracing official images or even others' Lion King artwork while making their own "fanart".
- Long before ponies being used on the internet for "ponifiying" characters. This fandom actually does the same such as this picture of the Purple Guy from FNAF.
- Sometimes, they would portray other series' characters as a certain Lion King-styled character depending on what their role is. For example, a male main protagonist or a male main antagonist would be a lion resembling Simba or Scar.
- They think that every fictional villain and their henchmen should sing "Be Prepared" or must join Scar when there is no chance that would ever happen. They even think that every hero or protagonist must be with Simba. Even though parodies exist.
- They keep complaining about the 2019 live-action/CGI remake of The Lion King and ended up hating it thus claiming that it ruined their childhood. They never even give the remake a chance thus relying on other people.
- When it comes to the remake, they would make up excuses such as "Nothing beats the OG" or "The OG is better". The same can be said about the songs as well.
- They don't know who the entire cast members are beyond the franchise. They go hyper if they realize a cast member was also part of a product outside the franchise. Examples include James Earl Jones (Mufasa's voice actor) as Darth Vader from Star Wars, Matthew Broderick (Adult Simba) as Adam Flayman from Bee Movie, Robert Guillaume (Rafiki) as Eli Vance from Half-Life 2, Rowan Atkison (Zazu) as Mr. Bean, etc.
- They glorify the cast and Hans Zimmer without recognition of their talents outside this film. This is typical of the Disney Renaissance Fandom.
- Hypocrisy: They like the film and it's franchise yet some of them are part of the Elton John Ironic Hatedom without realizing that Elton John was involved in the film.
- The nostalgia freaks repeatedly compare The Lion King over Frozen, throwing nasty derision towards the latter because it's either "overhyped" or it's a CGI animated film. Very irritating when you see this since they are the ones overhyping The Lion King.
- They treat many of the songs featured in the film like they were national anthems when they are only songs.
- They would go as far as wanting Circle of Life to be the world's national anthem.
- On Change.Org, they make up petitions such as "The Lion Guard season 4 or The Lion King", "Add Be Prepared in the remake", "The prequel to The Lion King", "New Lion Guard series", etc.
- Typical cartoonaboos hate the designs of some characters in the 2019 remake, when that's what they actually look like in real life, such as Timon, Pumbaa, and Zazu. They even think that Pumbaa looks satanic.
- Be careful about saying that you like the 2019 remake over the original because they will throw a tantrum.
- The cartoonaboos circlejerk with people who think that the original is better than the 2019 remake. A good reason to make up your own opinions.
- They act butthurt on Disney for the remakes, the amount of money it made, and people who liked it, and whining over Disney's tentpole strategy in their "Greedy Disney" bandwagons.
- In YouTube comments and across social media, they basically turn the 1994 animated film into their personal echo chambers to circlejerk, from searches, movie clips, music related to it, etc. Whenever these appear, these idiots are always present.
- These nostalgiatards try to force people into hating the remake. Even if some people never have seen it before. Guys we get it, you dislike the remake, but that does not mean you force people into hating it.
- They often fight over the lion OCs such as "Oh no your lion looks like my lion! Ew, your lion is sparkle barf it doesn't fit in the fandom cause I say so!".
- They tacked the Meme Community with his quote "Everything the light touches is our kingdom". Not just that, but they also follow everything that Mufasa says to Simba early in the film.
- Some of them don't like the new Swahili name changes that Banzai and Ed got in the 2019 remake of The Lion King. (where they're known as Kamari and Azizi respectively) They have mistaken Shenzi for a male when she's supposed to be female. They also think Ed's smart when he really isn't.
- They also overpraise The Lion Guard as well and aren’t aware of it’s flaws.
- Some of them are rabid fans of Kimba and Bambi.
- Speaking of Bambi, they can start some fanbase wars with The Lion King Fandom because they debate on Mufasa’s death or Bambi’s Mom’s death.
- Not only do they think that it’s a rip-off of Kimba and Bambi, they also think that it's a rip-off of Star Wars as well! *Cue Facepalm!*
- Some of them used to be former fans of The Lion King, but they turned back when they found out Elton John's true sexuality.
- In one scene of the movie, they got really upset when they found out that the word "SEX" appeared on this scene. Even though Tom Sito has stated that the letters spell "SFX" (a common abbreviation for "special effects"), not with an "E" instead of the "F", and were intended as an innocent "signature" created by the effects animation team.
- They assumed the hyenas are negative stereotypes of black and Latino ethnic communities. WHAT?
- They think that the film is advancing a fascist narrative in its portrayal of the lion kingdom and the circle of life where "only the strong and the beautiful triumph, and the powerless survive only by serving the strong. Since when did The Lion King promote Fascism when it's only an animated film?
- They think that The Lion King isn't for kids just because of "Disney movies disguise adult contents and themes, dressing them up in children like characters." Common Sense Media is a good example of this. Also, the original 1994 movie is rated G.
- Some of them also bash on The Lion Guard to no end and only hate it just because of Bunga the Honey Badger.
- Some of them come from the Aladdin Fandom and accuse this film for stealing popularity and attention from Aladdin.
- Some of them are even apart of TheTopTens Community. We wish we were kidding but no.
- Also any The Lion King-related lists sometimes have hate comments.
- Some are even apart of the Christianity Ironic Hatedom and the Judaism Ironic Hatedom due to the story based on the lives of Joseph and Moses from The Bible.
- You can still find some good fans and haters.
- Some understand that this film is based on Hamlet and the lives of Joseph and Moses from the Bible.
- Not all of them are rabid Elton John haters.
- They paid respects to Robert Guillaume.
- Some can like Frozen, Kimba, the remake, and other cartoons and movies maturely.
- Some fans tend to create amazing fanart and fanfiction that almost looks like a deleted scene from the film.
- They can make some amazing theories.
- They do have a good point with the remake having a lot of flaws (EX: Rafiki's role being reduced or the animals showing little to no emotion). In fact, some of them respect the views of that film.
- Some are against the toxic fandom the right way such as KashimusPrime and John Woodruff.
- Some of them do understand that this movie can have its flaws like other Disney movies do.
- Most of them are aware that not all African animals act like the characters from The Lion King in real life. It's safe to assume that they can sometimes use it as a joke.
- Some knew the cast members and staff in other works as well.
- Some fans are against retracing and stealing.
- They are right that AMW and Dingo Pictures' AMW being rip-offs of the Lion King.
- So far, Rafiki and Beshte are the only characters in the franchise to not have a toxic fandom.
- They sometimes take the "everything is like the Lion King" as a joke.
- Not all of them are zoophiles or pedophiles.
- Not everyone praises The Lion Guard in a toxic way, some have valid reasons to like the series and even analyze its possible flaws.
- It's pretty hard to find haters of the film since the fans overshadow them and there isn't much to talk about them.
- They may have a point about the film's weaknesses. The same could be said about the entire franchise.
- At least hate art does not exist.
- They also have their own fair reasons as to why they don’t like The Lion Guard and a fair point that Bunga can be irritating at times.