Little Girl’s Reaction to Tragic Mufasa Scene in ‘The Lion King’ Has the Internet in Tears
There comes a time in every child's life when they have to experience sadness in movie form. It happened to me, to my brother, to our parents...no one is exempt from the ultimate tragedy that is your first movie death.
For most of us, that came with watching The Lion King. You know what scene I'm talking about. I hate to mention it because it still tops the saddest deaths in movies for me, but if you must know...it's the traumatic death of Mufasa.
This little girl got her first taste of what is to come in life: death, sadness, and "life isn't fair" -- all thanks to that life-changing death scene.
It starts off happy -- Mufasa rescues Simba from being trampled in the gorge where a herd of wildebeests stormed through. Little babe is elated that Simba is okay. So far, it's not terrible...but you can tell something horrible is on the horizon.
Mufasa gets swept up in the wildebeests' herd after saving Simba. It doesn't look good for him, but he tells Simba to stay away and that he will get out of the madness in the gorge somehow. He's Mufasa...he can do anything. He's the King of Pride Rock!
Well...let's settle into despair. We all know where this is going.
Out of nowhere comes Mufasa's brother Scar. He will surely help save Mufasa from certain death, right? Right?
Little babe comes to the horrible realization after Scar grabs him by the paws and says the four most dreaded words of doom "Long Live The King" before throwing Mufasa to his death.
The betrayal of the bitter brother is in full motion.
This is where all those memories from watching The Lion King for the first time come flooding back into your memories. Mufasa is laying lifeless in the gorge, and Simba is trying to find him after the stampede. The dust clears. Simba tries to help him, but we all know. Mufasa has died.
Little babe does the sweetest things and what we all did: comforting ourselves and telling ourselves that he isn't dead, and Simba will help him. He will be okay.
"He's helping him" "He fell down" "What happened to his daddy?"
CUE ALL THE TEARS. EVERYWHERE.
Ultimately, we had to accept that Mufasa is gone and Simba is all alone. His journey begins there, as many of our journies do, with tragedy.
No matter how old you get, this scene will always be upsetting and soul-crushing. I still can't watch this scene without getting teary-eyed.
This movie and scene also started a lot of conversations with little ones about death, even though death never gets easier as you grow up. It was a life lesson in a Disney movie that I will never forget.