I love revamping character designs from awful shows, and it doesn’t get any more awful than Simba the King Lion. No no, not Simba the Lion King, Simba the
. Trust me, they’re two totally different things.
I’d known about this franchise for years but it wasn’t until a few months ago that I started watching it. I’d always just assumed it was some low budget ripoff of The Lion King/Kimba the White Lion that had a poodle in it for some reason… but it gets so much worse than that
. This show fails so hard it almost wins. Almost.
Where do I even begin? Alright, so the premise of the series is that Simba’s father, the king lion, has been killed after being lured into a trap by Shere Khan. The jungle animals then convene, for some reason, to choose a foster parent for Simba and his sisters and eventually pick Raksha, Mowgli’s adoptive wolf mother from the Jungle Book.
Raksha should be dead or senile by now if this show takes place after The Jungle Book, and Shere Khan was killed and skinned in the original story, but whatever.
In addition to raising her own pups and three lion cubs, she also adopts a fawn named, ugh… Bimbi (Or Buckshot, I don’t know. They keep changing the names.) who comes from a faraway pine forest where he too was a prince. His parents were also killed by Shere Khan somehow. Wow, that tiger gets around, huh?
You know, there are
lions and deer in India. If you wanted a lion cub and a fawn you didn't have to import them.
Simba and Bimbi become besties and dream of one day returning to the forest and the savannah respectively. So some lion in Africa was shot and a bunch of animals in India cared about it becaaause…? And why is Shere Khan continent hopping and murdering everything? Forget it, it’s like trying to rationalize a fever dream.
After the first few episodes the show really starts to trip out and there’s a talking tree with a star gate in its crotch, Frenching lions running up waterfalls, dinosaurs shooting lasers from their tails, a deeply disturbing bipedal lioness, a soccer tournament in a big city populated by nude furries (even though humans do exist in the show), magic-mining fireflies who give Bimbi and Simba DBZ powers, and I’m pretty sure that at one point I saw a Southern army general Pumba with an eyepatch try to make little warthogs with one of his troops.
You think I’m making this up? Here, I dare you to watch an episode
and walk away with your sanity intact. Good luck.