I am amused by your desire to try to tackle a crossover fic between tPoE and Frozen, but it’s not happening. There’s a reason I don’t read/write crossover fanfics: they usually suck. Enough already, Muses. Really. I’m not doing it. Now stop bothering me with plot bunnies. This is one of the most ridiculous ideas you’ve come up with. Go away.
Please, just give it a try. I know we can do this! I know. We are not afraid. Please don’t shut us out again, please don’t slam the door. You don’t have to keep your distance anymore. Cos for the first time in forever, we finally understand! For the first time in forever, we can write this hand in hand. We can head down this new path together! You don’t have to live in fear! Cos for the first time in forever, we’ll be right here.
Muses, please stop this rubbish. Other unfinished fics await, go and enjoy those and forget about this crossover. I know you mean well, but leave it be! Yes I’m a writer, but I won’t do a crossover fic of these two universes! Let it go already!
What have we ever done to you? What are you so afraid of? People have written crossovers between tPoE and Cats. Yes, the musical. There’s also tPoE and Harry Potter, Pocahontas, and Hunchback of Notre Dame crossovers on fanfiction.net too. Really. Please? Do you wanna write a crossover? Or pen a new plot on the page? We think straight canon is overrated, we’ve started talking to the unfinished fics. (Hang in there, “King’s Mother”). It gets a little boring, sticking to the same world, just watching the canon tick by.
You really insist I do this don’t you?
In that case, I may as well try, but I don’t expect much. I know for you it’s true love—
—but seriously. Let it go.
When I first watched The Prince of Egypt, something shocking happened: The Lion King got dethroned from my top most favourite animated film ever. Fortunately, it’s second in line to tPoE. But in some ways, The Lion King is a strong contender for top spot too. The following is a series of comparisons of which film has it better in various areas (expect quite a few ties though). Here goes!
1. Which villain is more compelling (Scar vs. Rameses)?
Both villains are voiced by awesome actors (Jeremy Irons and Ralph Fiennes (yes, that one) respectively), but here I’m not focussing on them, but rather on the backgrounds and motives of the characters.
Scar: Scar is jealous of his older brother, Mufasa, who was first in line to the throne and plots to usurp the royal lineage, especially after Simba is born. He manipulates Simba into believing Mufasa’s death was all his fault, resulting in his exile. He takes the throne, but it is soon clear that all he wanted was power, nothing else—he didn’t even care about the responsibilities being a king entailed, to the point that even the hyenas were complaining. However, unlike with Rameses and Moses, we don’t see or hear of any tales from Mufasa and Scar’s childhood. There is no remorse—at least from what we see—on Scar’s part that he ever had even a twinge of regret for his brother’s death.
Rameses: Unlike Scar, Rameses is not a villain from the outset, but nor does he truly become a villain, because the viewer can see where all his hardness and ruthlessness stems from: "one weak link can break the chain of a mighty dynasty!" Yeah, great parenting right there, Seti.
And of course, Rameses thought he lost his brother, and that will undoubtedly have affected him too. When his brother comes back alive, only to say that he came back to free the Hebrews and not to return to the palace, we can see where that anger comes from too. He is a loving brother, and he probably doesn’t want to fight Moses, but has to for the sake of his kingdom. I could prattle on more about Rameses, but for now, this is enough. For me, the complexity of Rameses’ character makes him a clear winner over Scar.
Winner for more compelling villain: Prince of Egypt
2. Which pair of brothers has a more compelling conflict?
I’d say that Rameses and Moses’ conflict is much more compelling, as there are several layers and complexities to their relationship and ensuing conflict. While Scar had no qualms about killing his own brother (“long…live…the king.”), Rameses could not bring himself to, even though he was pharaoh and could have ordered Moses’ death in a heartbeat. It also helps that, unlike with Scar and Mufasa, we see more of them growing up (chariot racing, anyone?), and neither is happy to be the foe of the other when they do become so. So here, I’d say it is Rameses and Moses.
Winner for more compelling conflict/brotherly relationship: Prince of Egypt
3. Catchier tunes!
Both movies have pretty catchy tunes, but I think it also depends on your mood too. If you wanted catchy yet more serious and with deeper messages, I’d go with Prince of Egypt. If you wanted catchy, and more relaxed in some ways, I’d say Lion King. Bonus points to Lion King for a song that starts the movie and itself out with badass chanting (NAAANTS INGOYAMA!), which actually brings it a hair ahead of tPoE for me. It would be ahead of Lion King if it wasn’t for “Playing with the Big Boys” which I think was sort of a distracting song in some ways. I love you, tPoE, but Lion King wins this one. By a hair, mind you.
Winner for catchier tunes: Lion King
4. Better “in exile” song (that is, the song sung during the time when protagonist has run away)
So Moses has “Through Heaven’s Eyes” for his, and Simba has “Hakuna Matata” for his. Both songs are awesome in their own individual ways, and suit different moods and whatnot. Both make me want to sing along, and sometimes even dance. While “Hakuna Matata” is a fun-loving song, I think “Through Heaven’s Eyes” is definitely better as it has a message that positively, rather than adversely, affects the protagonist. While Simba learns to throw away responsibility and hide from his problems, “Through Heaven’s Eyes” teaches a strong message of thinking of the little things that can affect others on a profound, positive level. I’d say “Through Heaven’s Eyes” wins this one.
Winner for better “in exile” song: Prince of Egypt
5. Beginning song (“Circle of Life” vs. “Deliver Us”)
Both are powerful songs in their own ways, and I can’t say I’d put one above the other. Circle of Life has a beautiful message all on its own and immediately provides the setting, coupled with GORGEOUS animation that takes my breath every. single. time. “Deliver Us” sets the tone of tPoE, telling us straight off the bat about what the slaves are going through and the general tone of the movie, especially after Moses receives his mission from God. Dreamworks doesn’t pull any punches, that’s to be certain. I’d say it’s a tie.
Winner of best beginning song: it’s a tie!
6. Better villain song (“Playing with the Big Boys”/Rameses’ part in “The Plagues” vs. “Be Prepared”)
At first, I liked Playing with the Big Boys, but it got old pretty quick. Even my love for Egyptian mythology couldn’t save it. Now, I’d probably just watch that sequence to delay the feels that would soon be ripping my heart apart. There is, of course, Rameses’ lines in Plagues, but for me, even that’s not enough against Scar’s Be Prepared. It helps that it was also sung by Jeremy Irons, who was probably the best voice for Scar they could have found (except, perhaps, for Ralph Fiennes).
Winner for better villain song: The Lion King
7. Henchmen (Hotep and Huy vs. hyenas)
In Prince of Egypt find Hotep and Huy an annoyance more than a real threat to the characters. Their character design, as stated by other people elsewhere on the internet, also doesn’t really fit in with the more realistic design of the rest of the cast like Moses, Seti, and Tzipporah. Whereas the hyenas in Lion King are goofy, but they are downright CREEPY when they go to nom Scar when he betrays them at the end of the film. “Friends? I thought he said we were the enemy." And then Ed’s creepy laugh… Holy chills, Batman.
Winner for better henchmen: the hyenas in Lion King
This is all for now, but if I think of more, I will make a “part two” version of this post. Hope you enjoyed!