And you ... shall never see light of another day, (chuckles) and you ... ," subtly revealing the plot as well as "the reason why [Scar] decides to murder his own brother. Scar is a villain who is originally from The Lion King. Simba gains the upper hand and overpowers Scar and throws him over the cliff ledge to the base of Pride Rock. "[35] Describing Irons as "a gentleman and a brilliant actor," Allers revealed that the actor was constantly offering "extra interpretations of lines which were fantastic. [41] Consequently, Disney was forced to recruit American voice actor Jim Cummings, who had also been providing the voice of The Lion King's laughing hyena Ed at the time,[42] to impersonate Irons and record the rest of the song. "[90] Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune lauded Scar as the film's "best character," jokingly describing him as "Irons' Claus von Bulow with fur. Scar raised an eyebrow as Saïx snapped his fingers. Scar makes a few appearances in Six New Adventures, a book series that was sequel to the original Lion King. [28] However, the role was ultimately won by British actor Jeremy Irons[24] because of his classical theater training; the directors had deliberately wanted Scar "to come across as a Shakespearean character. Scar killed the rogue lion and his cobra, and was given the nickname “Scar” by Mufasa who was claimed to be apathetic to Scar’s plight. Heartless and CNN. [21] To further emphasize the character's villainy and tyranny, the writers loosely based Scar on Adolf Hitler. Nevertheless, Scar continues to be revered as one of Disney's greatest villains by various media publications, topping The Huffington Post's list and ranking within the top ten of similar lists published by Yahoo! Sora tries to find out the cause of Simba's fear; Simba only replies that he is unable to follow th… [117] However, film critics also felt that Disney's treatment of Scar was at times too light-hearted and comedic, with the Deseret News complaining, "a climactic battle between Simba and his evil Uncle Scar ... is [a] very bad choice near the end, as Simba and Scar battle in slow-motion, a serious moment that seems unintentionally comic. Scar teams up with Pete as a way to rule the kingdom with discipline. Be Prepared", "20 Things You Didn't Know About "The Lion King, "In the first drafts of The Lion King, Scar wanted Nala to be his queen! "[89] Critics also cautioned Scar's death; Movieline warned audiences that the film "shows a fairy tale's dark sense of justice," for example when "Scar was eaten by his hyena allies after betraying them. Scar tries to escape, but is cornered by Simba on the top of Pride Rock; Scar begs for mercy and even attempts to blame his crimes on the hyenas, unaware that they are listening nearby. [26] Additionally, Deja studied Irons' performances in the films Reversal of Fortune (1990) and Damage (1992) for inspiration,[26][62] while refusing to watch Disney's The Jungle Book while working on The Lion King in order to avoid being influenced by the film's villain - Shere Khan, a tiger. Kingdom Hearts Wiki is a FANDOM Games Community. In addition to that, there was an ascend in which Scar was originally going to defeat Simba, and throw him off Pride Rock, before they are both engulfed by flames. Most prominently, he is the antagonist in A Tale of Two Brothers. "[83], Scar makes a brief cameo in Disney's animated feature film Hercules (1997) in the form of a limp lion skin coat worn by Hercules,[84] parodying the Nemean lion. [114], According to IGN, Scar, Simba and Mufasa have since become "household names thanks to the [film's] enormous popularity ... but back in 1994 who could have predicted that these characters would enter the lexicon of Disney's most popular creations? "[108] (Sanders himself had voiced Shere Khan for Disney in their 1967 version of The Jungle Book). Games Kingdom Hearts. "[98] Peter Stack of the San Francisco Chronicle commended Disney for "nail[ing] the voice talents," specifically Irons. "[40], While recording Scar's song, "Be Prepared," Irons encountered challenges with his singing voice. Scar eventually becomes a Heartless, but retains his appearance and personality. He brings that feeling of a Shakespearean villain to bear because of his background as an actor. Irons concluded, "The fact that he may occasionally remind you of Claus, comes from the fact that they both share the same voice box. [12] According to Slate, while Claudius is mostly "a second-rate schemer ... consumed by anxiety and guilt," Scar very much "delight[s] in his monstrosity;"[13] both characters are motivated by jealousy. Notes: Ohhh boy, it's been a long while since I wrote anything Kingdom Hearts related, huh? She goes there anyway, however, and meets and befriends Kovu. [47] Ejiofor said that "especially with Scar, whether it's a vocal quality that allows for a certain confidence or a certain aggression, to always know that at the end of it you’re playing somebody who has the capacity to turn everything on its head in a split second with outrageous acts of violence - that can completely change the temperature of a scene". Scar is portrayed in paintings throughout season 1 of The Lion Guard television series, which explains some of his backstory. And for Axel, his only scar he received in the Organization, runs deeper then most know, even to himself. Determined to regain his birthright, Scar devises a plan to kill both Simba and Mufasa. Parents should carefully consider before automatically taking a child of, say, under seven years of age, to this movie. Sequel of sorts of my earlier fic Scar. "[89] Leah Rozen of People described Scar as "a flawless realization of Irons's special talent. The first cameo is the scene where he backs Simba up against the ledge, right when lightning strikes the base of Pride Rock, at the scene where he admits to the murder of Mufasa, before being pinned down by Simba, and defended by the hyenas. The Pride Lands' reclusive heir presumptive, Scar is introduced in the first film as Simba's uncle and Mufasa's younger brother. Scar boss fight in the Lion King level of Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix. When Scar is covered in fire it is best to just give him some room to cool off and then return to the fight. [153] The Washington Post felt that "Scar clearly is meant to represent an evil African American because 'while Simba's mane is gloriously red, Scar's is, of course, black. The actor reportedly "blew out his voice" upon belting the line "you won't get a sniff without me," rendering him incapable of completing the musical number. I showed that I had a passion for it, which I believe to be very important. "[39] On the contrary, Irons revealed to Connect Savannah that the similarities between the voices of Scar and von Bülow were largely unintentional, explaining, "Whatever voice came was arrived at by looking at the initial sketches, and from the freedom the directors gave me to try anything." Owen Gleiberman from Variety praised Ejiofor's voice acting, commenting that his Scar raises the film’s dramatic stakes, upping the ante on what Jeremy Irons did as Scar in the 1994 version. The hyenas were featured in two spin-off books of The Lion King, set before the events of the original film.In A Tale of Two Brothers, the young hyenas appear at the beginning where they surround a helpless Rafiki who had just arrived in the Pride Lands. [46] Several of the actor's physical attributes were incorporated into Scar's design, with Irons admitting to recognizing his own baggy eyes in his character. Described as the film's "darkest" song, a "pompous,"[64] "fascistic paean to usurpers,"[65] the musical sequence depicts the lion "as a big-cat fascist. The Scar's Nobody Appeared of the Forms of Disney Villain. As the character's supervising animator, Deja based Scar's appearance on that of original voice actor Jeremy Irons, as well as the actor's Academy Award-winning performance as Claus von Bülow in Reversal of Fortune (1990). Maslin went on to praise Irons's voice acting, writing that the actor "slithers through the story in grandiose high style, with a green-eyed malevolence that is one of film's chief delights. In one scene in the musical, Scar, during the song "The Madness of King Scar", tries to seduce a young adult Nala and make her his queen and mother of his cubs. Scar in Kingdom Hearts II. Scar makes three cameo appearances at the film's climax. [17] After this plot was abandoned, Scar was re-written into a rogue lion lacking any blood relation to both Mufasa and Simba. [25], According to the directors, "[a] patronizing quality" was vital to Scar's role in the film. "[106] Praising the film for successfully combining "grand-opera melodrama and low-comedy hi-jinks," the Orlando Sentinel's Jay Boyar concluded that "One reason they work so well together is that even most of the serious sections contain an undercurrent of humor, provided ... by the deliciously droll voice-performance of Jeremy Irons as Scar. After Sora helped Simba get his confidence back, Simba joined the party and they travel to the peak of Pride Rock. "[132] Richard Crouse of Metro cited Scar's "Long live the King" as the character's "Most evil line. "[14] (This line is given minor edits for the 2019 remake: "Life's ... not fair. Movies, the Orlando Sentinel, E! [139] Similarly, in 2012, Entertainment Weekly ranked the character the twenty-fifth "Most Vile Movie Villain" ever,[140] while Total Film ranked Scar sixty-seventh in 2014. Years go by as Scar squanders the kingdom's resources and allows his army of hyenas to wreak havoc upon the Pride Lands, which turn barren. [87] Author Peter M. Nichols wrote in his book New York Times Essential Library: Children's Movies: A Critic's Guide to the Best Films Available on Video and DVD that Scar "is the most interesting character in the film," describing Simba and Mufasa "bores in comparison. [126] Similarly, Babble.com also placed the character at number six. When Simba was a small cub, Mufasa came to Wildebeest Gorge to save him from being crushed by stampeding wildebeests. Before Irons was cast, the directors had considered offering the role to actors Tim Curry and Malcolm McDowell. [80] Scar, voiced by James Horan, appears as a non-player character in Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure (2003)[82]and Kingdom Hearts II as a villain who ultimately transforms into a Heartless as a result of the character's own "hatred and jealousy. Way to the Dawn had made that scar. [43] Jim Cummings told The Huffington Post that "[s]tunt singing" is actually something the actor continues to do regularly, having done the same for American actor Russell Means, voice of Chief Powhatan in Disney's Pocahontas (1995). [53] However, Allers received Katzenberg's decision positively as an opportunity for "newer animators ... to step up to leadership roles",[53] among them Andreas Deja, who became Scar's supervising animator. As a result, Scar lost the Roar forever, as it is only meant to be used for good, not evil. Condition is "Used". [53] Well known for animating several Disney villains,[54] Deja summarized the experience as "more fun than drawing heroes" because "You have so much more to work with in terms of expressions and acting and drawing-wise than you would have with a nice princess or a prince ... where you have to be ever so careful with the draftsmanship. "[66] According to Business Insider, in addition to loosely basing the character on Adolf Hitler to further emphasize Scar's tyranny, the filmmakers very much directly based his song "Be Prepared," which references Nazism by having Scar's army of hyenas goose step while addressing them from a high ledge – similar to the way in which Hitler would have from a balcony –[24] in the Nazi propaganda film Triumph of the Will (1935),[67] a film that documents Nazi Germany during 1934. Loosely based on King Claudius, the main antagonist of William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, Scar's villainy was additionally inspired by Adolf Hitler. It is a good idea to begin the battle with a barrage of attacks against Scar. While some are born to feast, others spend their lives in the dark ... begging for scraps. "[123] Scar also topped About.com's "Top 10 Disney Villains" countdown; author David Nusair concluded, "There are few figures within Disney's body of work that are as deliciously reprehensible and vile as Scar ... heightened by Jeremy Irons' gloriously smug voice work. Enraged, Simba tackles Scar and forces his uncle to admit the truth to the pride, initiating a ferocious battle between the pride, Timon, Pumbaa, Zazu, Rafiki and Scar's hyenas. "[102] Annette Basile of Filmink echoed Hutchinson's statement, writing that Scar is "voiced with relish by stand-out Jeremy Irons. [44] Critics observed that Irons "fakes his way ... through 'Be Prepared' in the grand tradition of talk-singing," drawing similarities between him and American actor James Cagney and English actor Rex Harrison. [113] Scott Mendelson from Forbes comments that while he prefers Jeremy Irons' Scar, he still praised Ejiofor's performance for making Scar excellent and nuanced. Bring Arts Kingdom Hearts (CUSTOM) XEHANORT Sora and Scar. There. When Scar was younger—as per tradition to all second born children of the current reigning "Lion King"—he led the Lion Guard who protected The Pride Lands and defended "The Circle of Life" from all enemies before his great-nephew Kion led the Guard. Berardinelli concluded, "The cold-hearted manner in which he causes Mufasa's death lets us know that this is not a lion to be trifled with. When Mufasa begs Scar for help, Scar instead throws his brother to his death below. [134][full citation needed][135] Official Disney Blogs wrote that the song, with its "hyena backup singers, and the best bone-rattling percussion of all the villains' songs," Scar proves himself "an expert crooner of villainous plots. Besides appearing in various The Lion King video games, Scar (スカル, Sukāru?) [11] Scar is based on King Claudius. Going north through the Savannah takes Sora and the party to the famous Pride Rock, which can be seen in the distance. This scar is just proof of what's been in my heart all along." The film also contains a fair share of violence, including a rather graphic battle between two lions. In the story, Simba breaks a promise to Kopa, his son, and Rafiki warns against this, using Scar's relationship with his own father, Ahadi, as an example why this was wrong. They Appeared in KHFF Works: Xsarc The First Form Of Scar Created a Nobody in Kingdom Hearts II ½ By Xerruy Raxsc The Second Form Of Scar Created a Nobody in Kingdom Hearts 3: The Return of the Chasers by Jman 2.0 Like Kion, Scar was also gifted with The Roar of the Elders, which causes the lions of the Pride Lands' past to roar with the user. "[124] Nusair also included Irons among the "Top 5 Celebrity Voice Performances in Animated Films", acknowledging the fact that although the actor "has played a lot of villains over the course of his career ... none have had the lasting impact as Scar from The Lion King. When he got to the top, he was tossed off the cliff by his own brother, Scar, and crushed by the stampede down belo… "[117] On a broader scale, Scar is often revered as one of the greatest animated villains of all-time. [45] Deja revealed that, during a recording session, Irons' stomach was grumbling. Also, I animated a couple of those villains because I asked to. [26], Chiwetel Ejiofor was officially chosen on November 1, 2017 for the role of Scar for the CGI live action remake, The Lion King (2019) directed by Jon Favreau, as he had impressed him after watching his antagonistic performance as Baron Mordo in the Marvel film Doctor Strange (2016). 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