Some catty critics have said that the characters in the new remake of “The Lion King,” featuring the animal kingdom animated with CGI technology, lack the “charisma” and expressiveness of the original cartoon version.

Zoologists and lion researchers, however, argue that the beloved Disney franchise has missed something even more crucial all along: scientific accuracy.

A scientist at the Lion Research Center at the University of Minnesota says that if “The Lion King” story were true to the big-cat community, the movie would not have been about Mufasa’s kingdom, but rather Sarabi’s. Sarabi is Simba’s mom — and many may not remember her name, since her role was so understated.

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