We previously looked at the differences between Mufasa and his son Simba as their times as rulers. Now, let’s look at Simba and Kiara. Unlike the analysis of Mufasa and Simba, I will be looking at their childhood and as well as their development into adulthood. This is because:
- We don’t see Mufasa as a child
- We don’t see Kiara as a ruler
As a result the comparisons are a bit different. Let’s begin with looking at Simba and Kiara’s childhood. There is an automatic difference that happens because Simba is male and Kiara is female, and that dynamic is radically different especially in a lion’s pride. Simba, at birth, was raised to be a king. Kiara was raised to hunt (as is the lionesses’ job)
Beyond that, though, Kiara’s childhood is the very definition of “First World Problem”. Her story is about how her father is controlling, but otherwise she is completely provided for. Simba has an uncle who tries to kill him, and has killed his father, is convinced to believe that he was the actual killer, and has to go off into the wild and fend for himself.
As a result, Kiara comes off as really whiney and pampered. It is often assumed that the sequels to a film are not as good as the original, and for the Lion King, this is one of the reasons why. It could also be because the Lion King is based off a Shakeperean play, while Simba’s pride was written by Disney.