Since The Lion King’s release in 1994, it’s arguably grown to become one of Disney’s most beloved classics. The animated movie is still so popular, in fact, that a CGI remake is planned for summer 2019. But although the movie’s story of kinghood is a fairly straightforward one, over the years some fascinating fan speculation about the film has made its way around the internet. And one such theory is so good that you’ll wonder how you never thought of it before.
The story of The Lion King actually borrows heavily from Shakespeare. In particular, it was influenced by the plot of Hamlet, the famous playwright’s tale of revenge and regicide. Indeed, most of the major elements from Hamlet – the wicked uncle, the self-imposed exile and the ghostly father – also appear in the Disney feature.