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Music Monday: Be Prepared (The Lion King)

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(c) Disney

Another famous Disney villain with his own song is Scar, from The Lion King. "Be Prepared" is performed by Scar and his hyenas who serve as his back up chorus.  Written by Tim Rice (lyrics) and Elton John (music) in 1994 for Walt Disney's 32nd animated feature, Scar sings his song to express his desire and plot to take over the Pride Lands.

When Simba was born, Scar knew that he would never be king since he moved down in the line of succession. From that moment, Scar plots and schemes to figure out how to remove both Simba and his father, Mufasa, who is his (Scar) brother.  

Some facts about this song:

  • It was sung by Jeremy Irons who voiced the character of Scar. However, it later came out that Jim Cummings, who also voiced one of the hyenas, took over Scar's voice when Irons voice gave out. Cummings would later go on to voice many Disney characters including Winnie the Pooh. 
  • There was originally a reprise of this song planned in the movie that was cut due to the length of the movie. 
  • In the original recording of "Be Prepared," Scar begins with a soliloquy. This is captured and performed in the musical stage version. 

Do you have a favorite Disney villain? How about a favorite Disney villain song?

Happy Music Monday,

Daisy