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Literal Lion King - Kovu's Scar by NostalgicChills Literal Lion King - Kovu's Scar by NostalgicChills
*First of all let me just clear things up by saying I KNOW IT'S A KID'S MOVIE AND THAT'S WHY IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE THIS. So please don't use that as an argument.*

Admittedly the blood is a little much, but this isn't really about the blood. Tell me i'm not the only one who has noticed this! How can a paw with five non-retractable claws strike that hard ACROSS one's face, and only leave one mark DOWN the face?? The physics don't make sense here, even as a kid i was confused by this. :confused:
Even the first TLK movie got this one right, when Simba struck Shenzi there were marks ACROSS her face! That is until her scars magically disappeared in the next scene. -_-

This is another reason why i don't buy into most theories surrounding Scar getting his trademark wound by being scarred by another lion, for the same reason as i have illustrated. As much as i hate the 'water buffalo' (Boma) theory from the 'Six New Adventures' books (which I despise), i will admit it does make more sense physically.
I know they were going for the 'cruel irony' angle here, but to get a mark like that on Kovu's face, Zira would have to: extend one claw, keep his head still; make sure he keeps his eyes closed (so she doesn't scratch them out) and strike down his face in a perfect straight line. Which in the heat of the moment would look...ridiculous.

I know it's kind of stupid to try and put logic and physics in a Disney sequel, but i'm just pointing out something that has bothered me since childhood.

The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride (c) Toon Disney

*UPDATE* Wow! Looks like most people have noticed this in the movie! I'm quite relieved, at least i'm not going nuts then. :P

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CheesyRapperDude Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
that's what I thought too! He would look so much cooler that way too
MissFlowFlame Featured By Owner Edited Mar 15, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Then I don't even wanna imagen what Mufasa should look like after the stampede, if we go literal :(

Edit: never mind, found it :0
Fairydust07 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2019
Even as a kid that stumped me. I really can't explain it, aside from the production team wanting to juxtapose Kovu to Scar, especially since this is THE LION KING we're talking about, which has more death and injury than you can shake an ostrich leg at.
makarosc Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2019  Hobbyist Writer
Well scars are weird maybe that's just how it healed
Curehappy2345 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2019
yeah that's true
FusionousBoi Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2019
ChantalDR Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2018  Student General Artist
Yeah but it’s Disney, they have to make it suitable for kids.
NostalgicChills Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The first film had Simba scratch Shenzi across the face, and the appropriate three marks appeared. No blood obviously, but it's the shape of the scarring that I'm nitpicking, not the absence of blood. 
ChantalDR Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2018  Student General Artist
Oh ok
Keznen Featured By Owner Edited Nov 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
"extend one claw, keep his head still; make sure he keeps his eyes closed (so she doesn't scratch them out) and strike down his face in a perfect straight line"

This is part of what inspired Tass and I to make our theory on Scar's scar. A mark as clean as that definitely could not have been caused by something erratic like an attacking lion.

~ Louise
Leopard897 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2018   General Artist
You're right. This is how Kovu should've look after a slash like that!
Macoraprime Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2018
I'm actually going to have this in my story. Zira slashes her claws across Kovu's face after he let my OC Jay get away, causing him to lose his eye.
KyraTheBlackWolf Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2018  Student
My cats always scratch me and some times is only one scratch...
iBillieJoeArmstrongi Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah I used to be absolutely obsessed with Zira
So far as to make my stage name for my band 'Zira'
Wolfgardians Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
god dam your right why havnt I noticed this in the movie
Goldenstar134 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
IxorFirebadger Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018
my cats manage to tag me pretty hard but somehow not every claw snags. Guess I can't really explain it well, but it might just be plausible. Maybe to do with the angle of her paw and the contour of his face?
Alpha-Dragonis Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2018
If they extend their claws then it's gonna hurt, if not then they're simply batting you away as a warning (assuming that it is a warning).
Fire-Ebony Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That wouldn't have been suitable for kids XD
RisendeCabre Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A well-done recreation of that scene!  This bothered me too. XD Although, for my interest when I was a kid, I used to go through scenes on the original Lion King frame by frame to see how they moved (on VHS you could do that by simply holding down the pause button, IIRC, and it would slowly move through the frames for a bit).  I did it to this scene, and it turns out that Kovu moves his head up quickly as soon as Zira's paw is seen covering it, so the angle was accidentally right enough to scratch his eye...but played normally it DOES look like his movement is caused by her slap. x3  Animation can be a tricky thing.
Temmious Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018
daganrompa! pink blood!
CamiloSama Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018  Student Artist
Zira: You should kill Simba! 
Kovu: Why, "Mother"?  Just because you wanna be the queen of pride?
Zira: Don't talking like that with me!
Kovu: I hate you! I hate all you both! The only who I really love and care is Kiara!
KikiElfa1806 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2018  Student Artist
I guess he moved his head diagonally at the last minute and only one claw his his face?? 

I honestly have no idea.
jeana1 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018
You know...:tehe3d: Tehe 3D 50x50 derp You got a point there.laughing
SillyBanana0909 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so true
CornusKousa Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was thinking the same thing!
Salface Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2017   General Artist
Ouch. But yeah, that is more realistic.
AvatarCat09 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2017
If Zira could Firebend and swiped her claws at him, then Kovu would've really looked like a lion version of Zuko. Great artwork, by the way. :)
Big-bad-Rocket Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2017
I think the point was that she had given him the same scar as scar. That's why she looked so shocked when she was the mark she had left behind.
NostalgicChills Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know that. I wasn't questioning why, I was questioning how. ;)
Madarao123 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Now I bet this'll be Scars new look in the upcoming remake, more or less. Guess his name will be "Scar's"

Of they'll just go back to "Taka" 
NostalgicChills Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They won't go back to Taka, that was never his official name, Disney didn't create it; so they won't use it ;)
Madarao123 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I suppose, those books were glorified fanfics anyway. Yet they did also spawn all the Kopa stuff. Which lion guard killed. Eh, I never cared for Kopa much
The-Eeveelutionist Featured By Owner May 24, 2017
Those books were a colab' and when they were around; they were as much cannon to as the movies.
The-Eeveelutionist Featured By Owner May 24, 2017
Go do more research!
Scorching-MoonLight Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She fargotten to polish one claw.
Tabacookie Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
I like this Uncensored Fan art Version
GoranXII Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017
Agreed, apart from her having to be careful of his eye, I think Kovu's reflexes (closing his eye, jerking his head away) would be good enough to keep him from losing his eye.
BlackWolf5 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017
lol zira apparently just has very poor aim XD
ForbiddenSilver Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Student Artist
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mogeko123yf Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Omg yes!
Rakel1270 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Sometimes only one claw gets hook, despite all claws being out. As for the placement, I can't explain.
K-reator Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Your not alone. XD
TrueOkamiAmaterasu Featured By Owner Edited Oct 7, 2016  Student Writer
admittedly, my problem with Boma is that even if it is the confirmed thing where one of Boma's herd struck him, to happen to him, that bastard's face would be GOUGED, not scratched but he could still see outta that eye, there'd be no intact eyeball, nothing there, fucking scar would be blinder than a bat in the eyesocket left behind
ki-sanii Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You were one heck of a kid. Your special. I like that.
ki-sanii Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're ***
God ........why
DragonoSaurus-Rex Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Student General Artist
It wasn't kovus fault...Zira probly knows she's just being a bad mom
CreepyPastaFangirl06 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Same. First time i saw that part, i closed my eyes so i wouldnt see the blood. I open them and am VERY confused to see one little scratch and im like "I closed my eyes so i wouldnt see the blood, where dafuq is all the blood?!!" Okay i didnt say dafuq because i was 10 but still i over estimated, as usual.
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