This could be one of the most interesting articles you read today. Here, you’ll learn about a very special, and very dark, joke in The Lion King. Then, we’ll explain why referencing it at this time is perfect. So, let’s get to it.
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“He’s as mad as a hippo with a hernia.”
Zazu says this to Scar after Scar purposefully skipped Simba’s anointing ceremony on Pride Rock, in reference to Mufasa.
It’s reasonable to say that most youngsters watching in the mid-1990s had no idea what a hernia was. If you’re still not sure, a hernia is when an organ or a piece of soft tissue pushes through a tear in the muscle or tissue that surrounds it. A hernia occurs when a weakness in the abdominal wall allows an internal organ (such as a section of the intestine) to protrude through the tear in the abdominal muscle.
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“I’m the king’s majordodo.”
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“We can have whatever’s lion around!”
While the hyenas are distracted by their own food-related puns, in the process of frightening Zazu, Simba, and Nala, a lightning bolt strikes the tree.
Banzai’s stress on the term “lyin'” draws attention to the hilarious wordplay, but as a youngster, your limited brain capacity would have had to work overtime to stay up all night.
Because Simba and Nala are lions, it’s natural for adults to think that “lyin'” and “lion” sound the same, which is why they’ll often mistake “lyin'” for “lion” when they’re speaking.