Do you have any theories about what the hyenas from The Lion King represent from Hamlet?
I’d never really thought about this before. I mean, The Lion King is only a version of Hamlet in the loosest sense, so I’m not sure you can necessarily draw direct equivalent parallels between the characters.
The hyenas are Scar’s cronies, where Claudius has none. At a push you could say Polonius, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are his minions because they spy for him. But Polonius (for all his obsequiousness), does believe that Claudius is the legitimate king, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, though they do betray their friend, are also mainly obeying orders from somebody they think is the monarch. Maybe Osric is Ed.
But joking aside, none of these characters can be classed as accomplices of Claudius’ crime, or anything more than passive supporters of his reign.
I’ve always thought, actually, that The Lion King is a combination of Hamlet and Richard III. It has the fratricide theme like Hamlet, and it has the ghost of the father returning and doing the whole ‘Remember me/Remember who you are’ thing, but it shows Scar’s plotting and rise to power like Richard III. There’s also the fact that Sarabi (Simba’s mother) doesn’t fall for Scar, and is more like the Queen in Richard III than Gertrude, plus the exchange between Scar and Simba is a lot like the conversation between Richard and his nephews in Act 3, scene 1. The final fight between the hero and antagonist is also a lot more like the battle of Bosworth than the ill-fated duel at the end of Hamlet.
And to get to the important part: Richard, like Scar, has cronies (most notably Buckingham, but also his hired murderers) who he’s happy to throw off once his objective has been achieved. And Scar’s downfall, like Richard’s, comes when he’s abandoned by his friends.