"The Lion King" follows the epic adventures of a young lion cub named Simba as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destined role as king. His father, Mufasa, teaches him about the "circle of life" - the balance of nature which bonds all animals together. Mufasa's evil brother, Scar, hopes that one day he will become king. He and his hyena henchmen lure Simba into the path of a wildebeest stampede in which Mufasa is killed trying to save his son.