that "The scene in which he lets Mufasa ... fall into a stampede of wildebeests left lasting emotional trauma on an entire generation.". Terrence Rafferty of The New Yorker wrote, "Among the celebrity voices on the soundtrack, two performances stand out," namely, "Jeremy Irons, as the villainous lion Scar" who "does an elegant, funny George Sanders impersonation. After being summoned, Scar conspires with Janja and the other animals in the Outlands to take over the Pride Lands and defeat the new Lion Guard and Simba, who were initially unaware that Scar had returned. The success of The Lion King spawned a Broadway musical based on the film, directed by Julie Taymor with a book written by The Lion King co-director Roger Allers and screenwriter Irene Mecchi. Scar survives the fall, but is attacked and killed by the vengeful hyenas, ending his reign of terror for good. Story-wise, however, his role remains vital. He appears again when Simba is chasing him, who is pursued by the hyenas, who later battle Timon and Pumbaa. 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. 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" As an animator, Deja believes that "If you have a great voice to work with, your work is half done. He somehow knew Askari … " According to IGN, the video game features the voices of the film's cast, including Jeremy Irons as Scar. Irons's Scar slithers through the story in grandiose high style, with a green-eyed malevolence that is one of film's chief delights. " Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune lauded Scar as the film's "best character," jokingly describing him as "Irons' Claus von Bulow with fur. According to Scar as he explains his story to a cobra named Ushari, he met him when he was the leader of the Lion Guard (going under the name Askari) at the time while scouting the Outlands alone. " Although he had starred in a children's film before, the actor admitted that it did not mirror the success of The Lion King, a film that has since gained notoriety for its cast of well known, award-winning Hollywood actors, which animation historian Jerry Beck referred to in his book The Animated Movie Guide as "the most impressive list of actors ever to grace an animated film. The general public, however, appears to have remained largely oblivious to such concerns according to David Parkinson, author of The Rough Guide to Film Musicals.  Scar, voiced by James Horan, appears as a non-player character in Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure (2003)and Kingdom Hearts II as a villain who ultimately transforms into a Heartless as a result of the character's own "hatred and jealousy. " By blaming Mufasa's death on an innocent Simba, Scar ultimately triggers "a cycle of guilt, flight, denial and redemption, as the hero goes into self-imposed exile before finally reconciling with his father's memory, returning to face his wicked uncle and generally coming of age. This game have 0 comments.  The Philadelphia Daily News' Bill Wedo described Irons's voice as "silken," while Graham Young of the Birmingham Mail hailed the actor's performance as "magnificent. Praising both Scar and Irons's acting, Starnes continued, "He switches so quickly and easily from campy to deadly its like a showcase for how to do an over-the-top villain right. " Additionally, "Be Prepared" is often revered as one of the greatest Disney villain songs.  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, to impersonate Irons and record the rest of the song. 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). Meanwhile, Ushari and the hyenas team up to seek the help of the Pride Lands' greatest villain, Scar. The series was first broadcast with a television film titled The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar on Disney Channel on November 22, 2015, and began airing as a TV series on January 15, 2016, on Disney Junior. , Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly described Scar as "a figure of both pity and evil, and of treacherous comedy" with "Irons ... filling this devious coward with elegantly witty self-loathing. I told the studio that I could do something good with these characters, since they really spoke to me. thing." Condition is "Used". He's possessed with this disease of his own ego and his own want. " Richard Crouse of Metro cited Scar's "Long live the King" as the character's "Most evil line. " Meanwhile, Scar's mannerisms and voice which, according to Nightmare on Main Street: Angels, Sadomasochism, and the Culture of Gothic's author Mark Edmundson, resemble "a cultivated, world-weary, gay man," has been deemed homophobic by some commentators because, according to The Independent, "the arch-villain's gestures are effeminate" while, in addition to the film being "full of stereotypes," the character "speaks in supposed gay cliches. In cubhood, he was befriended by a troublemaking female cub named Zola.  Similarly, Ejiofor's performance as Scar is also praised. Scar has garnered widespread acclaim from film critics, some of whom praised him as a better character than Simba.  Minkoff told the Los Angeles Times, "When Scar puts the guilt trip on Simba, that's an intense idea ... probably something that is not typical of the other Disney pictures, in terms of what the villain does. The jealous younger brother of Mufasa, Scar was next-in-line to take the throne until his nephew Simba, Mufasa's son, was born, replacing him. "But they had the advantage over us, they always seem to." The Huffington Post ranked Scar first in its "Definitive Ranking Of 25 Classic Disney Villains" countdown.  However, Allers received Katzenberg's decision positively as an opportunity for "newer animators ... to step up to leadership roles", among them Andreas Deja, who became Scar's supervising animator.  Well known for animating several Disney villains, 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. Meanwhile, Zira trains Kovu to murder Simba, but when he becomes a young adult, he has a change of heart as he begins to develop feelings for Kiara. The Mark of Evil is an ancient symbol representing great malevolence in the history of the Pride Lands. The film also contains a fair share of violence, including a rather graphic battle between two lions. In the nightmare, Simba runs down the cliff where his father died in the stampede, attempting to rescue him. He was created in 1989 by screenwriters Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, and Linda Woolverton, and animated by Andreas Deja. Shere Khan Vs Scar is an unproduced 2020 American animated musical epic drama film directed and produced by Jon Favreau, written by Jeff Nathanson, and produced by Disney Television Animation, a loosely-based reboot of The Lion King franchise, particularly The Lion Guard. Feeling Mufasa is the favored child, Scar tries to make him look foolish by pitting him against a Buffalo named Boma.  Meanwhile, Minkoff and Allers had already had Deja in mind for animating Scar long before the animator approached the directors about the position. He loved to play and go on adventures, while Mufasa was kind of more careful.  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. The Lion Guard: Season 4 by The Lion Guard 88 23.4K 234 40 This takes place years after Kion's Coronation, starting with their kids Cover made by @IAmNameTag " 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. The way I see it, ... you and I are exactly the same: ... we both want to find a way out. Simba gains the upper hand and overpowers Scar and throws him over the cliff ledge to the base of Pride Rock. As he prepares to throw Simba off Pride Rock and have him meet a similar fate to that of his father, Scar whispers that he was the one who killed Mufasa, confident that the secret would die along with him. The Strange Lion's origins are unknown, but given the fact that Scar did not recognize him, it seems to be likely that he may have come from somewhere far away from the Pride Lands and the Outlands. In cubhood, he was befriended by a troublemaking female cub named Zola. It appears in the form of a scarred eye.In the early history of the Pride Lands, the Mark was held by a pride of evil lions that attempted to conquer the lands before being defeated by the originalLion Guard.  E! We first learn that Scar used to lead The Lion Guard back in the day. "), Tim Curry and Malcolm McDowell were originally considered for the role of Scar. Disney The Lion Guard. Villains are very interesting characters, they have the most 'juice' in them, and they invite you to explore them. ", On February 3, 2019, Skyler Shuler of The DisInsider reported that "Be Prepared" would be one of the songs featured in the 2019 remake of The Lion King, directed by Jon Favreau. Play The Lion Guard To The Rescue! Convincing Simba that he is to blame for Mufasa's death, Scar advises the prince to run away and never return, then orders the hyenas to pursue and kill him.  Additionally, Deja studied Irons' performances in the films Reversal of Fortune (1990) and Damage (1992) for inspiration, 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. When Simba's back is turned, Scar attacks him and they fight. Scar makes a spiritual appearance in this special, voiced by Golden Globe-nominated actor David Oyelowo. He was eventually defeated by the combined powers of Mufasa's ghost and Rafiki. and more Disney Junior games online for free on DisneyNOW! Scar walks the fine line between gravitas and camp, and most of the credit has to go to Jeremy Irons's superb sarcastic drawl. " Considered "an odd mix of deadly seriousness and slapstick humor ... Simba fights Scar to the death" while "intercut with ... Poomba [sic] ... doing a parody of Travis Bickel. However, once again, his role remains vital, story wise. As such, Kion desperately makes an effort to refrain from misusing his gift and becoming a … Irons, who has been as devilishly well-captured by Disney's graphic artists (Scar's supervising animator: Andreas Deja) as Robin Williams was in Aladdin. " Likewise, Digital Spy's Alex Fletcher wrote of Scar in his article "Who is Disney's greatest ever villain?" 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