My brain: lmao nah
In all seriousness I don’t consider this a proper redraw because I don’t exactly see too much wrong with it so I didn’t really change much (besides Kiara’s bland design) also Sarafina is in this shot because the voice that comes out of that background lioness is Sarafina’s voice actor! I found that neat. Also, no, that Sarabi looking lioness isn’t Sarabi, it’s Dwala, bleck I should really design Sarabi’s sisters soon but
It's a bit of a mixed bag for me.
My main confusion is how Sarabi never appears in the clouds along with the rest of the characters in the show, not at Kiara's presentation, not at her or Kion's wedding, or takes part in Rafiki's plan to get Kovu and Kiara together. The only explanation is that spirit queens work differently than spirit kings. But if Sarabi were alive, I see no reason why the hell she didn't attend her grandson's wedding.
In my headcanon, Kopa was sent away from Pride Rock to be protected from the Outlanders.
It should be noted that Sarabi lived through years of an abusive dictatorship that nearly starved everyone, and soon lead a battle against an entire crush of hyenas. So the chances of her dying off from the increased bodily damage is very likely.