I think the saddest part of The Lion King 2 is this scene right here.
Zira is presenting her son to be used as meat. And, yes, it’s a mind game- she knows he won’t do it- but Kovu doesn’t. You can see it in his eyes; he honestly thinks he’s going to die.
He truly believes his mother is going to let him perish at the claws of the king. He truly believes Simba is capable of killing a cub. And no one will stop him.
Simba examines Zira, trying to figure if she’s serious or not. She’s just spouted off how Kovu is the prince, the heir to King Scar, and now she’s offering him as food.
Zira smiles, because she knows he’s too “weak” to end Kovu’s life. And, even if he accepts, what’s there to lose? She and her lionesses will have access to the Pridelands, and she can rule in Scar’s place, once they destroy Simba. She’ll even have just cause; the killing of her adopted cub.
Simba’s disgust is palatable. He has a daughter; he can’t understand how callous Zira is to the death of her son.
It’s all he can do to turn away and let this go on, because Zira is not part of his pride, and he can’t intervene.
So proud of this boy. We got him the day before yesterday.
Yesterday he slipped his collar and tried to eat another dog on his morning walk, snarled and lunged at an unsupervised dog before allowing me to haul him off on his afternoon walk, and then lunged and snarled at a small dog while out the front on a lead…
Today he perked up but didn’t growl at the little dog we saw, got distracted by the big barking dog behind the fence, stood quietly when the off leash Labrador ran up and only pulled at the lead (without growling) when that dog snarled and lunged and settled immediately at my command. He ignored the off leash dogs at the dog park when we walked around the outside fence.
He dropped and waited when an older dog was seeing some kids off his lawn, until I said go and he followed quiet and placid.
And finally he waited till the nice lady with the other GSD moved off the path so we could walk by and followed even though he was excited.
He’s a very fast learner and working hard at being a good dog.