From 'The Little Mermaid''s Sebastian to Russell from 'Up': Team YP picks which Disney character they would put in 'The Lion King'

From 'The Little Mermaid''s Sebastian to Russell from 'Up': Team YP picks which Disney character they would put in 'The Lion King'

Be prepared for some interesting plot twists as we choose characters from the Disneyverse to drop into the movie, in honour of the release of the live-action remake

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Which Disney character would you add to the mix?
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We’re all familiar with that iconic scene where Rafiki holds baby Simba up and presents him to the animals of Pride Rock (which we can’t wait to see all CGI’d in the live-action remake released today). But what other characters from the House of Mouse would fit into that classic Lion King scene? Find out which Disney character the Young Post team would introduce into the movie if they could.

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I would add Rajah the tiger from Aladdin. He was one of my favourite characters from the film and I would love to see what it would be like for him to talk and have adventures with Timon and Pumbaa.

He’s also the reason why I bothered my mother for a pet tiger for a very long time.

Dannie Higginbotham, Web editor


Sebastian from The Little Mermaid is one of my favourite Disney characters, and I’d like to see him as Scar’s personal shaman and henchman. He’s such a multilayered character and would add a lot of depth to the story.

Also, I think he’d somehow switch sides and end up as besties with Timon and Pumbaa, and the three of them would make an incredibly cute trio.

Doris Wai, Multimedia producer


It would be hilarious to see Percy, the pug from Pocahontas, rough it out in the Serengeti with Timon and Pumbaa. Not only would he be a great source of comic relief, but Percy will also be an ally to Zazu. He’d help run after Simba and Nala when they’re up to their usual mischief, and will surely bust out a move or two during Hakuna Matata.

I’m not sure if the Pride Lands have an abundant stash of cherries, but there’s plenty of “Slimy, yet satisfying!” grub to choose from!

Rhea Mogul, Junior reporters’ manager


I would add Russell from Pixar’s Up! He loves exploring the great outdoors so I think he’d really enjoy a trip to the Serengeti. Not only is he a great explorer, he is also kind and compassionate; I’m sure he would help little runaway Simba when he’s alone in the wilderness.

By the end of it all, he would have earned a tonne of badges: eat a bug badge, survive a stampede badge, overthrow an evil usurper badge – his sash would be full.

Charlotte Ames-Ettridge, Sub-editor


I think Iago from Aladdin would fit in perfectly. First of all, he’s a parrot so he’d make a great addition to a movie dominated by animals. His wit and wisecracking personality would also be a great addition to the film. I can easily see him becoming best friends with Scar, riding on his back, picking out fleas.

Alejo Rodriguez Lo, Videographer

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I’d pick Stitch from Lilo and Stitch, just because he would create sweet, sweet chaos and drive Scar absolutely dotty. Can you imagine him pulling the tails of the hyenas, and getting up to no good with Rafiki? He’d harass Timon and Pumbaa to no end, but you’d know that, at the end of the day, he’d help to save the Pride Lands.

Ginny Wong, Sub-editor


I’d introduce Remy from Ratatouille to Timon and Pumbaa, because if they’re set on eating bugs their whole lives, it would be nice if they could at least have them prepared well by a talented chef.

After rescuing Simba and helping him get back on his feet, those two deserve to have a meal that’s more than just “satisfying”.

Nicole Moraleda, Sub-editor


I’d introduce Thomas O’Malley from The Aristocats. Thomas could join Timon and Pumbaa and help them distract the hyenas, as he’s street-smart and brave enough for a fight. Also he’s a good singer, and I’m sure he would enjoy singing Hakuna Matata with the pair.

Kelly Fung, Editorial assistant


Roger Rabbit, from Who Framed Roger Rabbit, would be able to inject some extra humour into The Lion King. He’s hilarious.

Wong Tsui-kai, Web reporter


I’d like to add Dumbo to The Lion King because if he were there, he could fly alongside Zazu as he delivers news to the royal family. It would just make the whole movie at least 10 times cuter.

Joanne Ma, Reporter

Edited by Nicole Moraleda

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Welcome to the Pride Lands

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