“The Lion King” is loosely based on which William Shakespeare play? – 2017

“The Lion King” is loosely based on which William Shakespeare play?



Hamlet




Answer: The filmmakers of The Lion King have said that the story was inspired by William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The bulk of the story and several key scenes remain intact, with Denmark swapped for the African savanna, and people swapped for animals (mostly lions).




Any theater fan would be able to follow the parallels along: the proud king (Mufasa) is killed ‘accidentally’ by his evil, power-hungry brother (Scar), and after a time away from the kingdom, the prince and rightful heir (Simba) returns to bring the truth to light. The characters of Timon and Pumbaa also serve as fairly obvious substitutes for Hamlet’s friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. The film even includes the appearance of the dead king as a ghost (King Hamlet/Mufasa).

The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, often shortened to Hamlet, is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare at an uncertain date between 1599 and 1602.

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