​'The Lion King' Voted The Best Animated Film Of All Time

Disney's Africa-set family classic The Lion King has been voted the best animated film of all time - as if that will come as any surprise to you, as it's a stone-cold classic.

Yep, now Simba's not only the king of Pride Rock, he's also top dog (or cat) of the animated movie world, having been awarded the number one spot by voters on Ranker.

"The best animated films of all time are an assortment of animated movies that rank among the best movies of all time," the site says.

"While the characters might be brightly colored and possess abilities most real people could only wish to ever have, the stories and imagery speak to everyone and have set these movies up to become the best animated films ever."

The rules also clarify that the films can include 'The best animated and CGI movies'.

The film was followed in the runner-up spots by 1995's Toy Story and 2003's Finding Nemo in second and third place, respectively.

Credit: Disney / Pixar
Credit: Disney / Pixar

Other highly-rated flicks included Despicable Me, The Incredibles, Up, Aladdin, WALL-E, Shrek and Ratatouille.

But they were all eventually beaten to the top by the 1994 musical, which gained the lion's share of the 460,000 total votes.

As you know, the film follows a young lion called Simba as he grows up to be King of the Pride Lands - helped along the way by two absolute jokers, Timon and Pumbaa, while his Uncle Scar tries to stand in his way.

Except it turns out that Scar probably isn't Simba's uncle, or Mufasa's brother.

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"[While making the movie] we talked about the fact that it was very likely [Scar and Mufasa] would not have both the same parents," Producer Don Hahn explained to Hello Giggles.

"The way lions operate in the wild... when the male lion gets old, another rogue lion comes and kills the head of the pride.

"What that does is it causes the female lions to go into heat [to reproduce], and then the new younger lion kills the king and then he kills all the babies. Now he's the new lion that's running the pride."

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He continued: "There was always this thing about well, how do you have these two [male] lions? Occasionally there are prides that do have two male lions, in an interesting dynamic because they're not equals [since they don't have the same parents].

"One lion will always kind of be off in the shadows. We were trying to use those animal truths to underpin the story so we sort of figured Scar and Mufasa couldn't really be from the same gene pool."

Apparently Scar even said so himself during the film. Don revealed: "There's a line, he goes, 'I'm from the shallow end of the gene pool.' When he's talking to Mufasa, when Mufasa gets mad at him for not coming up to the coronation of Simba."

So we guess Scar could just be Simba's uncle in the same way that all your mum and dads mates are known as 'Aunty Sue' or 'Uncle Dave'? Mind blown.

Featured Image Credit: Disney / The Lion King

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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