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Was it just overhunting or was it genocide?

Was it just overhunting or was it genocide?

Postby FriendlyHyena » May 19th, 2018, 5:16 am

I haven't seen the full movie Lion King all the way through in years. I just noticed the scene where Simba returned and there were skulls of dead animals everywhere.


I'm wondering if this was just the hyenas overhunting or if Scar had a more sinister purpose, like crushing several animals so that there wouldn't be a rebellion able to be launched against him.


By wiping out perhaps some of the strong animals like Wildabeasts, Antelope, and Elephants, Scar could really tip the balance in his favor as his army of hyenas plus Zira and her group would outnumber the lionesses, at least strong enough for Nala's side to not dare to challenge Scar without a strong male lion on their side.
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Re: Was it just overhunting or was it genocide?

Postby TheLionPrince » May 19th, 2018, 8:55 pm

You're right. There were skeletons of dead animals when Simba returned to the Pride Lans. I'm pretty sure those were prey animals the hyenas had previously eaten and then left the remaining skeletons there to rot.

A failed rebellion led by prey animals against would be too important in a story to not be mentioned.
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Re: Was it just overhunting or was it genocide?

Postby Panda-chan » May 19th, 2018, 10:08 pm

Pretty sure the implication is that the introduction of the hyenas caused the prey animals to be overhunted, breaking the Circle of Life, leading to famines and droughts, etc etc.

You know, a lot of your posts have to do with implausible "what-if" scenarios. Occam's razor states that if several theories can explain a phenomenon, the simplest one is probably the correct one. You definitely seem to be overthinking a lot of aspects of the movie. It's not exactly Shakespearean literature—it's a Disney movie about singing African animals lol.
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Re: Was it just overhunting or was it genocide?

Postby WildSimba » May 20th, 2018, 5:57 pm

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Re: Was it just overhunting or was it genocide?

Postby TLK_Kid » May 21st, 2018, 5:08 am

I agree that it was probably just overhunting. But the overanalyzing thing -- isn't that what we're here for? Sure, it might not always make a lot of sense; but I didn't know the purpose of this board was to only reinstate the facts we know and not suggest new theories that we don't.
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Re: Was it just overhunting or was it genocide?

Postby WildSimba » May 21st, 2018, 6:23 pm

Sure, but there's a difference between a theory and cherry picking things that aren't even there lol A theory has to have some sort of connecting substantiation in order to be interesting. Also, there's nothing wrong with reinstating the facts to oppose a theory that doesn't work. lol
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Re: Was it just overhunting or was it genocide?

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Re: Was it just overhunting or was it genocide?

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Re: Was it just overhunting or was it genocide?

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Re: Was it just overhunting or was it genocide?

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