The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (partially found production material and deleted scenes of Disney animated sequel film; 1995-1998)
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride also stylized as The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride is a direct-to-video sequel to the 1994 film The Lion King made by Disney in 1998. Widely considered by many to be one of the best Disney direct-to-video sequels, it underwent many changes before its release in 1998.
Early Production[edit | edit source]
During this time the film was very different from the final product with major plot and character differences.
Originally Scar and Zira (who was originally supposed to be called "Bianca" until being changed for not being an African-sounding name), were supposed to have a son called Nunka (Nunka would later be changed to Kovu with the name Nunka being reused for another character) who would try to seduce the daughter of Simba who at the time was called Aisha. This was later changed as this would have led to an incestuous relationship.
Sometime during the film's development, the hyenas were also meant to return but did not for unknown reasons.  Zazu was meant to have a girlfriend called Binti but she was dropped for unknown reasons. 
At one point in development, Simba and Nala were supposed to have a son called Chaka but he was dropped later on in development. In early scripts, Nala would have sung a lullaby followed by a short conversation about Simba wanting a son.
Unknown Material[edit | edit source]
At some point during the film's development, Simba was to die according to early scripts however no proof can be found, apart from a few mentions on some wikis. Originally, Kiara was supposed to run away with Kovu with Mufasa telling them to go back. Seemingly evidence of this exists in the workprint, however, no proof can be found of this.
A line for Mufasa was seen being recorded in a documentary that being:
"You have let your family break apart, and in doing so, you have broken the Circle of Life."
It is unknown where this may have been meant to be or why it was cut.
Later Production[edit | edit source]
In a workprint, Kiara is shown having ear rims. In the workprint, Rafiki is seen painting on his tree commenting on the pride's secure future. Mufasa then messes up the painting and Rafiki discovers there's another cub, Rafiki accuses Mufasa of breaking the circle but then he sees the new cub as trouble.
Unlike the final film where Kovu is seen training by hunting termites, he is seen hunting one and letting it go seeing it did him no harm which Zira then kills stating it as a weakness. Nuka and Vitani are later seen informing Zira about a new cub Zira blames Simba for Scar's death Nuka later requests that as the oldest, he should be king but Zira snaps at him reminding him that Kovu is the Chosen One, so he will be king. After Nuka complies with his mother's vision, Zira climbs up on a rock point to gaze out over the Pride Lands with her children following her. She marvels at how green and "inviting" it is and informs her children that they truly belong there. She makes a promise to Scar that she and her pride will reclaim his Kingdom.
"My Lullaby" was significantly different with a different instrumental and different singer. Originally Nuka's death was longer when Nuka tells his mother that he has finally received his attention from her, Zira gives a true loving smile to Nuka as she holds his head before he passes away. During Kovu's exile, there was an additional scene during Kovu's judgment Kiara was also seen crying. "Not One of Us" had a different instrumental than the final one. "Love Will Find a Way" also have a different instrumental Kovu, and Kiara were supposed to race each other back.
Originally Zira's death was much darker than the finalized version with Zira refusing Kiara's help and deliberately throwing herself into the river. Kovu mourning his mother's death and one of Kiara's lines were not present. There was also a post-credit scene of Timon and Pumbaa eating termites in the outlands.
Availability[edit | edit source]
It is rumored and speculated that Nuka's death and Zira's death were finished and shown with multiple people claiming to have seen it or have it albeit with no proof. In the film itself, there is evidence of such with Nuka being heard saying "Didn't I?" and Zira smiling while falling.
With no proper confirmation, it is unknown if these rumors are true.
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See Also[edit | edit source]
Advertisements[edit | edit source]
- The Incredibles (found full version of McDonald's Happy Meal commercial for Pixar animated film; 2004)
- The Incredibles (found online promotional trailers for Pixar animated film; 2004)
- Pixar (partially lost early CGI animated commercials from animation studio; 1989-1998)
Animation (Disney)[edit | edit source]
- Alice in Wonderland (partially lost original draft of Disney animated film; 1939)
- Aladdin (found Howard Ashman treatment of Disney animated film; 1988)
- American Dog (partially found original version of "Bolt" Disney animated film; 2007-2008)
- The Black Cauldron (partially found deleted scenes of Disney animated film; 1985)
- Chanticleer (partially found production material of cancelled Disney animated film; 1940s-mid 1960s)
- Chicken Little 2 (partially found production material of cancelled sequel to Disney animated comedy film; 2006)
- Disney Circle Seven Animation (partially lost production material of cancelled Pixar sequel films; 2004-2006)
- Dumbo II (partially found production material from cancelled Disney animated sequel film; 2000s)
- Fantasia 2006 (partially lost production material for cancelled Disney animated sequel film; 2002-2004)
- Fraidy Cat (lost production material of cancelled Disney animated film; 2004-2005)
- Frozen (partially found early drafts of Disney animated film; 1937-2012)
- Gigantic (lost production material of cancelled Disney animated film; 2013-2017)
- The Jungle Book (lost Bill Peet version of Disney animated film; 1963-1964)
- Kingdom of the Sun (partially found original version of "The Emperor's New Groove" Disney animated film; late 1990s)
- Music Land (lost Disney animated anthology film; 1955)
- My Peoples (partially found production material of cancelled Disney animated film; late 1990s-early 2000s)
- The Search for Mickey Mouse (lost production material of cancelled Disney animated film; 2002)
- The Seven Dwarfs (partially found production material of cancelled direct-to-video prequel to "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" Disney animated film; 2000s)
- Tangled (partially found early drafts of Disney animated film; 2001-2010)
- Tinker Bell (partially found first draft of Disney animated film; 2007)
- Treasure Planet II (lost production material of cancelled Disney animated sequel film; 2002)
- Wild Life (lost production material for cancelled Disney animated film; late 1990s-2000)
- Zootopia (partially found pre-rewrite version of Disney animated film; early 2010s)
Animation (Pixar)[edit | edit source]
- A Tin Toy Christmas (lost production material of cancelled Pixar animated Christmas TV special; early 1990s)
- Cars 3 (lost deleted scene of Pixar animated sequel film; 2017)
- The Good Dinosaur (lost original version of Pixar animated film; 2011-2013)
- Inside Out (lost original Bing Bong death scene of Pixar animated film; 2015)
- Made in Point Richmond (found miscellaneous content from Pixar DVD; 1986-2000)
- Newt (partially found production material of cancelled Pixar animated film; early 2010s)
- Toy Story (partially found early test footage of Pixar animated film; 1992)
- Toy Story 4 (found original script of Pixar animated sequel film; 2013-2017)
- Toy Story & Toy Story 2 (partially found intermissions for 3D double feature re-release of Pixar animated films; 2009)
- Toy Story "Black Friday Reel" (partially found rough cut of Pixar animated film; 1993)
- Toy Story "Jessie" (found Patsy Montana Award acceptance speech animation of Pixar character; 2000)
- WALL·E (partially found original treatments of Pixar animated film; 1994-2008)
Audio[edit | edit source]
- Enchanted (lost deleted song from Disney live-action/animated fantasy comedy film; 2007)
- Fantasia (partially lost original audio of Disney animated film; 1940)
- Jack Wagner (partially lost Disney Park background music collection from American actor; 1970s-2001)
- Mars Needs Moms (found Seth Green vocal performance of Disney motion-capture animated film; 2011)
- The Nightmare Before Christmas (lost original Vincent Price audio of Disney stop-motion animated film; early 1990s)
- Pinocchio (lost Mel Blanc's "Gideon the Cat" dialogue from Disney animated film; 1940)
- Toy Story 2 (partially found Bullseye dialogue test footage from Pixar animated sequel film; late 1990s)
Live Action[edit | edit source]
- 101 Dalmatians (found "Spotted Landmarks" teaser trailer of Disney live-action film; 1995-1996)
- Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (found deleted scenes from Disney live-action film; 1993)
- Sleeping Beauty (partially found live action reference material for Disney animated film; 1959)
- Something Wicked This Way Comes (lost original cut of Disney dark fantasy film; 1982)
- Walt Disney (lost physical Mickey Mouse animation reference footage of animator; late 1930s)
Short Films[edit | edit source]
- Alice Comedies (partially lost series of Walt Disney animated short films; 1920s)
- Blowin' in the Wind (found Pixar animated short film; 1985)
- Lafflets (lost series of Walt Disney animated short films; 1922-1923)
- Language Arts Through Imagination (found series of Disney educational short films; 1988-1989)
- Mickey and Minnie Mouse (lost unauthorized pornographic animated short film; existence unconfirmed; 1936)
- Mickey's Man Friday (partially found production material of unproduced remake of Disney animated short film; 1939-1941)
- Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (partially lost series of Walt Disney animated short films; 1927-1928)
- Poor Papa (found "Oswald the Lucky Rabbit" Walt Disney animated short film; 1927)
- The Princess Academy (lost production material of cancelled Disney animated short film; 2009)
- Short Subject aka "Mickey Mouse in Vietnam" (found unofficial animated short film; 1968)
- Tales from Radiator Springs "To Protect and Serve" (lost episode of "Cars" animated miniseries; 2015)
- Totally Twisted Fairy Tales (partially found Disney animated short series; 1997)
- Uncle Walt (lost unauthorized Disney short film; 1964)
References[edit | edit source]