Scar is the main antagonist of Disney's 2019 photorealistic computer-animated film The Lion King, a remake of Disney's 1994 traditionally animated classic film of the same name, and will return in some capacity in its upcoming 2024 prequel/sequel Mufasa: The Lion King. He is based off his original incarnation of the same name. While his original incarnation is usually one of Disney's most well-received villains, however, he was sadly flanderized in the 2019 remake. He was voiced by Chiwetel Ejiofor in the 2019 remake, and will be voiced by Kevin Harrison Jr. in Mufasa: The Lion King.
Why This Version of Him Is Not Leaping for Joy
- He is stripped of his sarcastic and sly attitude he had in the 1994 film, and thus he is now miserable and gloomy, as well as blatantly bitter and dismissive towards everyone around him; as a result, he now comes off as unlikable and boring from the start.
- His personality is a rip-off of Metal Beak from Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, as both characters are evil, planning to fight the good guys and even have minions.
- He suffers the most from the realistic animation approach which completely removes the ability to squash and stretches his facial proportions to convey his sinister nature. Thus, he ends up looking like just an ordinary lion with brown fur and a slight scar that isn't intimidating at all.
- His voice performance by Chiwetel Ejiofor is shockingly very poor and bland, to the point where he sounded boring and nothing, compared to Jeremy Irons's voice performance in the original movie.
- His delivery of the famous line "Long live the king!" when he says it out loud instead of whispering it to Mufasa is rather angry, over-the-top, and bland compared to in the original, where it is actually menacing and scary.
- Not only that, but his famous line "it's to die for" has been changed to "it's a gift [Mufasa will] never forget" line. The replacement line is practically nonsensical, how is Mufasa supposed to "never forget" the "gift" if Scar was going to kill him for Pride Rock?
- His song "Be Prepared" is visually inferior to the original, as it is simply just him climbing to the top of a cliff.
- The way that he killed Mufasa is not only shockingly worse than the original but also one of the most shockingly laughable moments. It looks like he slaps Mufasa on the face with his paw, leaving a gash over his eye, instead of brutally tossing him off the cliff.
- The scene where he wants Sarabi to be his queen is also weak and inferior to the deleted scene in the original not to mention that Sarabi is his sister-in-law.
- For some reason, he sends Zazu to get the pride after convincing him that Zazu will help Simba and Mufasa, yet he later convinces the pride that Zazu didn't reach the gorge in time to help Simba and Mufasa. Given that Zazu still visited the pride at Pride Rock to relay information, it is unclear why Zazu didn't realize this and revealed to the pride that he was lying.
- He made Zazu a punching-bag by having the hyenas try to eat him the longer he stays at Pride Rock after he fired him which makes him mean-spirited. While his original counterpart did made Zazu his prisoner, he doesn't get repetitive with tormenting Zazu that much just to eat him alive.
- His relationship with Simba has been changed, and most agree it's for the worst. It makes the betrayal lose its impact, due to the playful relationship being completely removed.
- One of his first lines, "As you know..." is quite clitćhed and generic.
- He was a much better character in the animated movie, and he redeemed himself in Disney Sorcerer's Arena and Once Upon a Studio.
- His death manages to not only be very faithful to the original but also manages to be much more terrifying than the original version since he fights the hyenas back before being slaughtered and delivers a terrifying scream before dying.