Remember when I said that there would be another one of my favorite films having two actors with the same birthday? Well, here's something that I wasn't prepared for when I first learned this: Scar and Pumbaa from The Lion King
have the same birthday!
If any of you have looked through my Gallery and Favorites, then it should be pretty clear that I am a huge fan of Scar. He has a cool design, his song is catchy (I can listen to "Be Prepared" on repeat and never get tired of it), and he was the closest to winning; as far as personality goes, snarky characters are my type since they can deliver some comedy gold. Comedy aside, Scar is frightening when things are serious. Just look at the Nightmare Fuel page. (You can't spell scary without Scar!) As a villain, Scar does the job really well, having orchestrated a coup d'etat which resulted in successfully killing off a main character (and having it stick!). Being a family member to the hero not only makes him an interesting antagonist, but also very dangerous. What would be the cherry on top to such an awesome character? His voice, provided by British actor Jeremy Irons.
Irons is a talented actor who has appeared in many productions. This year, he starred in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
and will also be in the Assassin's Creed
movie coming out in three months. Other movies he did include Dead Ringers
, Being Julia
, Beautiful Creatures
, Kingdom of Heaven
, Merchant of Venice
, The Man in the Iron Mask
, Die Hard With a Vengeance
, and Reversal of Fortune
(which he won an Oscar for). In otherwise bad movies such as Eragon
and Dungeons & Dragons
, Irons hams up his performance and easily becomes the main highlight. Besides Scar, other voice-work Irons did are Moe's bar rag in The Simpsons
episode "Moe Goes From Rags to Riches" and the audiobook for James and the Giant Peach
by Roald Dahl. Irons can sing, as demonstrated in Lerner & Loewe's My Fair Lady
and of course Disney's The Lion King
. Unfortunately in the latter, Irons' voice gave out when he sang/yelled the line, "YOU WON'T GET A SNIFF WITHOUT ME!" during "Be Prepared"; Jim Cummings, who voiced Ed, took over for the rest of the song.
Pumbaa is one half of the comic relief duo of The Lion King
. He and Timon are considered to be Base Breakers because depending on who you ask, their antics and personalities are either hilarious and endearing or obnoxious and annoying. Pumbaa even has the "honor" of being the first Disney character to fart on-screen. (You can't spell Pumbaa without P.U.!) In other language dubs like Japanese and French, Timon and Pumbaa are considered to be more likable and less annoying. Other than Ed, Pumbaa is the only character who keeps his original voice actor in everything relating to The Lion King
, including Kingdom Hearts 2
and both TV series.
Ernie Sabella is not quite as well-known as most of the other cast members of The Lion King
, but he has worked with Nathan Lane in several productions, including Guys and Dolls
, Mouse Hunt
, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
. Sabella even appeared in a deleted scene from The Producers
, reuniting him with Lane and The Lion King
co-star Matthew Broderick.
Both Scar and Pumbaa are very different from most of the cast where beauty equals goodness. The former is designed to be creepy, while the latter is supposed to be ugly. Of course, beauty, like the truth, is in the eye of the beholder. They're also over-the-top in an entertaining way, with Pumbaa being a literal Large Ham. Scar and Pumbaa are also subject to the most common cartoon error that I pointed out in my "Say Ah" and "Whale of a Time" pictures. Scar, Timon, Pumbaa, and Simba (sometimes) are drawn with uvulas when they are only present in humans. Even stranger when Scar has one while his brother doesn't (and flaunts it whenever he sings the refrain).
In the picture above, Scar is annoyed at Pumbaa for blowing out the candles too soon (and not with his mouth).
Happy Birthday, Jeremy Irons and Ernie Sabella! The Lion King
belongs to Disney."You look like a monkey, and you smell like one too!"