In Simba's Pride, the tag line for the movie might as well be "We are one."
This line is at its core what SP is about. And at the end, Mufasa's line, "well done my son," should have been the real ending of SP. I know that SP was about Kiara and Kovu reuniting the Pride Landers and Outsiders à la Rome and Juliet (therefore the ending of them getting married), but the writers missed the real story: Of Simba trying to live up to his expectations of what he believes Mufasa would have ruled as. Much more of the movie should have been about Simba's struggle as he tries to live up to basically a perfect image of his father, and instead we get most of the movie being some side story with Kiara and Kovu. As Timon says: "Oy!"
So for me, Mufasa's praise of Simba in the end is how the movie should have ended. It would have made SP better, and it would have made the two movies closer linked. SP just sorta copied The Lion King scene by scene, and adopting them to fit the SP characters, but if they had went with the Simba/Mufasa plot, they could have done much more. The writers would have had a real reason as to why have Mufasa speak at the end: to have the duo movies have a book end, with Simba and Mufasa finally united again, even if only by spirit and not body.
And think about it: SP starts with "He Lives in You." Not some love song. The intro sets up the movie to be about Simba and Mufasa, as Mufasa lives in Simba, while Kiara doesn't quite live in Kovu. Even the title itself is "Simba's Pride", not "Kiara and Kovu". Yes, no one would call SP "Kiara and Kovu", because initially, no one would know who they are, but the title "Simba's Pride" makes you want to have Simba being the main character, no?
So what do you guys think: Was Simba's Pride good the way it is, or do you think like me, that the small side story of Simba living up to Mufasa's standards should have been what the movie was about.
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