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Taka and Mufasa

In the summer of 1994, I sat in a Tahoe landmark theater and saw The Lion King appear across the old theater screen. After the sweeping introduction to Disney’s version of¬†Live and Let Die, I saw the most slickly animated creature that I had seen since my worn VHS of Beauty and the Beast— Scar.

I have written about Andreas Deja¬†before in my blog, but this was the first time I had seen his work and was struck. In retrospect, Gaston was an animation marvel as well, but I was always so captivated by Glen Keane‘s work that I overlooked the beauty and subtlety that was Deja’s hand.

Thanks to Deja, I fell in love with being an animator, and fell in love with the Lion King fandom. This included a prequel, accepted as cannon, named The Chronicles of the Pridelands, in which the pasts of Mufasa and Taka (Scar) are examined.