The Lion King

Synopsis: A young lion Prince is cast out of his pride by his cruel uncle, who claims he killed his father. While the uncle rules with an iron paw, the prince grows up beyond the Savannah, living by a philosophy: No worries for the rest of your days. But when his past comes to haunt him, the young Prince must decide his fate: will he remain an outcast, or face his demons and become what he needs to be?
Production: Buena Vista
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 33 wins & 29 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
88 min

{Visual fade into mouse in cave}

{Mouse comes out and starts preening in the light. Begins

sniffing. Becomes frightened. Suddenly a large lion paw

swoops down and catches him.}

{Cue the Scar theme (dissonant, slow, reed theme). Fade in

slowly and up full during speech}

{Camera switch to Scar holding the squeaking and

struggling mouse in his paw. He talks to it while playing

with it}

Life's not fair, is it? You see I -- well, I... shall

never be King. {exhale lightly} And you... shall never

see the light of another day. {closed-mouth laughter.

Starts to place the mouse on his extended tongue} ...

Adieu... {quiet laugh}

Zazu :
{Interrupting} Didn't your mother ever tell you not

to play with your food?

{Light sigh. The mouse is under his paw.} What do you want?

I'm here to announce that King Mufasa is on his way. {bows}

...So you'd better have a good excuse for missing the

ceremony this morning.

{The mouse runs away from Scar}

Oh now look, Zazu; you've made me lose my lunch.

Hah! You'll lose more than that when the King gets

through with you. He's as mad as a hippo with a


Oooh... I quiver with FEAR.

{On "FEAR" Scar crouches down and is baring his teeth at


{Very concerned} Now Scar, don't look at me that

way... HELP!

{Scar quickly pounces on the bird, catching him in his mouth.}

{Almost immediately and off-camera} Scar! ...

{Mouth full} Mm-hmm?

Drop him.

{Speaking from Scar's mouth} Impeccable timing, your


{Scar spits the bird out, covered with saliva}

{Slimed} Eyyccch.

{Sarcastically overjoyed} Why! If it isn't my big

brother descending from on high to mingle with the


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Irene Mecchi

Irene Mecchi is an American writer for television, movies, newspapers, and Broadway. Originally from San Francisco, she started her work with Disney in March 1992, when she wrote Recycle Rex, an animated short film which won the 1994 Environmental Media Award. Irene has worked on Herb Caen's books, and is the co-screenwriter of Disney animated movies such as The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Hercules. With co-author Roger Allers, she received a 1998 Tony nomination for writing the book for The Lion King. Irene wrote the teleplay for Annie, which aired on ABC in 1999. more…

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