Scar's Skull. Alas, Poor Yorick

Scar's Skull. Alas, Poor Yorick

The species of Scar's Skull . . .

This is a very quick article about a little discovery  - perhaps it has already been made but so far, I have seen nothing written on the subject. Thus . . . 

In a scene taking place just after the 'Hakuna Matata' number, King Scar is seen holding a skull:



It has been said this is a nod to a part in Shakespeare's 'Hamlet', where the title character character holds the skull of his old childhood jester 'Yorick'.

'As the famous line goes: 'Alas, poor Yorick.'

Many have wondered what species of animal Scar's skull belonged to. Due to how long it is, it has been thought to be that of a grazing animal such as a giraffe or zebra - but the presence of long canines makes you consider otherwise. Could it be a lion? Could it even be Mufasa's skull?

However, lion skulls are far broader than the one Scar is holding.


Also, Scar's mystery skull has large front teeth (like a horse's) and the placement of the eye sockets is higher up and more forward-facing, like a human's . . . Perhaps this was just a made-up creature the animators had made, not having a particular animal in mind at all. Not at all, methinks . . . 


After a little research looking through canine and herbivore skulls alike, Paw and I finally hit upon a possible species. At least Paw did (what a wheeze!)

A baboon . . . 


To be more precise, a male baboon, seeing as females do not have such large canines.
One wonders if in earlier production Rafiki was to have been eaten!

'Alas, poor baboon -
. . . 
 whoever he may be . . .'

Thank you for reading!


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October 13, 2020
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In a 1993 draft of the film, Scar was meant to say "Alas, poor wildebeest, I chewed him well," which was an obvious reference to the Hamlet line.

March 06, 2020
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Nice work on this, Wind! And thank you for the mention! :VitaniSmile:
Wild: Thanks!

March 05, 2020
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Thank you very much, Wild!

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Very nice article, Wind, and good job on the discovery, Paw. :) I think this all makes perfect sense actually xD

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