These are those ones I know (all misspelled, probably):

 Simbaa = Hamlet
 Mufasa = Hamlet's dad
 Nala = Ophelia
 Sarafi = Gertrude the queen, minus the incest
 Scar = Claudius the king
 Timon and Pumba = Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

 But that leaves Polonius (Zazu the bird, maybe?) and Fortinbras unaccounted for. Who exactly are they? Question Who's Online | Find Members | Private Messages
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9,544 hits 2.0 (2 votes) Share Favorite | Flag 8 years ago by MelLowStar

Can you match most of the characters in `The Lion King` to the characters in `Hamlet` that they represent?
These are those ones I know (all misspelled, probably):

Simbaa = Hamlet

Mufasa = Hamlet`s dad

Nala = Ophelia

Sarafi = Gertrude the queen, minus the incest

Scar = Claudius the king

Timon and Pumba = Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

But that leaves Polonius (Zazu the bird, maybe?) and Fortinbras unaccounted for. Who exactly are they?


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8 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 3/14/06 - 9:00:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
I wasn't even aware of the connection.
8 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 3/15/06 - 8:24:40 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 3/14/2006 9:00:51 PM messedup wrote:
I wasn't even aware of the connection.

Most people aren't.

If you read the play and then watch the Lion King immediately after, though, it's easy to see.
I think Disney should do this with more classic plays.

8 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 3/23/06 - 10:01:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
simba only has one a.

and his mom is named sarabi.

8 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 3/23/06 - 7:43:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 3/23/2006 10:01:40 AM laurenless wrote:
simba only has one a. and his mom is named sarabi.


Thanks.
I hadn't seen the movie in awhile, so I wasn't 100% sure about the names.

8 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 3/24/06 - 8:18:35 AM EST (GMT-5)
Interesting. I never knew it was based on Hamlet, but come to think of it I can see the links.
8 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 4/9/06 - 2:29:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
well considering i havent got to read hamlet yet ( :( ) no, i had no idea there was even a connection.. wow lion king is one of my favorite movies & i love shakespeare & i did not know that..
8 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 5/4/06 - 12:15:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 3/14/2006 9:00:51 PM messedup wrote:
I wasn't even aware of the connection.

Neither was I
8 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 6/13/06 - 9:50:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think Timon and Pumba are more related to Horatio, seeing as how Hamlet had R&G killed. But the old monkey (name?) might be Horatio.
8 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 6/18/06 - 8:16:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 6/13/2006 9:50:52 PM msieg007 wrote:
I think Timon and Pumba are more related to Horatio, seeing as how Hamlet had R&G killed. But the old monkey (name?) might be Horatio.

the monkey is rafiki (not sure of spelling)
8 yrs ago - Sunday 9/10/06 - 6:08:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 6/13/2006 9:50:52 PM msieg007 wrote:
I think Timon and Pumba are more related to Horatio, seeing as how Hamlet had R&G killed.

Hamlet did kill those two in the play, but you can't expect *every* event in the play to perfectly correspond with the movie's plot.
The Lion King was a squeaky-clean Disney movie; the writers had to alter the story line to make it kid-friendly.

I think the audience would be pretty upset if Simba had his two friends ripped apart by hyenas or something.

8 yrs ago - Wednesday 9/13/06 - 8:35:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah I'm yet to read Hamlet but that movie is hella cool.
8 yrs ago - Thursday 9/21/06 - 4:56:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
Doesn't everyone die in Hamlet?
8 yrs ago - Saturday 9/30/06 - 12:49:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
i didnt realize they were supposed to represent hamlet characters
8 yrs ago - Saturday 9/30/06 - 1:08:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
Never seen/read either so, no
7 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 12/21/06 - 9:55:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
Nope. I don't think I've ever watched the lion king or read Hamlet.
7 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 12/21/06 - 10:03:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 3/14/2006 9:00:51 PM messedup wrote:
I wasn't even aware of the connection.

Me either.

7 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 1/4/07 - 12:27:24 AM EST (GMT-5)
I didn't realize there was a connection. I though the Lion King was based off something else actually... but interesting.
7 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Saturday 2/3/07 - 12:42:30 AM EST (GMT-5)
Lion King is only partly based off of Hamlet... it's not like West Side Story and Romeo & Juliet or something. I hadn't thought of Timon and Pumbaa as R&G but now that you mention it I can see it.
7 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 2/11/07 - 12:03:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
I would say Timon and Pumbaa are definitely both Horatio...they're far more loyal than Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Zazu would be R+G, Polonius and Fortenbras...I guess they wouldn't have matches.

Fortenbras could be a cheetah. :)

7 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 2/11/07 - 12:07:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
I have heard of this connection before but never seriously considered it.
7 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 5/28/07 - 8:05:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
The hyenas are Ophelia's brother. Can't quite remember his name right now. I'm pretty surer Timon and Pumbaa are Rozencrantz and Guildenstern because, even though he doesn't get them killed, Simba does use them as a distraction so that he can go and take on his uncle (how much would it suck if they got killed?)

Zazu is likely Polonius because he's the king's adviser and he is loyal to the new king, although grudgingly. Plus he looks over Simba and Nala as a kid, kind of like a father figure and Polonius is Ophelia's father.

Since Simba doesn't die, there isn't much room for a Fortinbras character (maybe simba's baby if you really stretched it.)

Horatio probably translates to Rafiki because he knew Simba as a child and offers him advice. Rafiki also records Simba's story, which is what Hamlet asks Horatio to do after he dies.

7 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 8/30/07 - 7:54:31 AM EST (GMT-5)
wtf is hamlet...?
7 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 8/30/07 - 3:15:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
I agree with grammarfreak. Although I think Laertes' role is partly filled by Simba's own guilt and self-doubt.

Somehow analysing it like this doesn't feel right, heh.

7 yrs ago - Thursday 9/6/07 - 1:31:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, I always thought The Lion King was very similar to the plot of Hamlet.

Isn't the second one based on Romeo and Juliet?

7 yrs ago - Thursday 9/6/07 - 1:31:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
I really like movies that are taken from classic literature - they relate the stories to a whole new generation. 10 Things I Hate About You, Clueless, O, She's the Man etc. Though I would definitely prefer to read the originals, the movies are fun too.

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