When Genie is running down a list of the wish list no-nos, he mentions that he is unable to resurrect any dead people. Should that rather be unwilling to as he further mentions “it’s not a pretty sight”.
This would lead one to think that the Genie has indeed done or at least witnessed this. This further would lead to knowing that there are zombies roaming the land as a result of Genie’s past indiscretions.
The Hyenas’ Revenge
We are simply expected to believe that the hyenas in The Lion King are de facto villains due to the plotline. But perhaps the hyenas had a reason to be so embittered with the lions? If anyone has watched a nature show, the rivalry between lions and hyenas is well documented.
Is it such a stretch to think that perhaps the lions banished the hyenas to the Badlands, away from abundant resources to have all for themselves? This makes the story one of hyena revenge rather than scars usurping.
Nala’s Curious Pupils
It might be a decade (or two) since watching the original The Lion King and the detail of this theory might need a revisit to the movie to be taken into consideration. Scar and Nala’s eye colors are almost identical – a bright, radiant green.
Now there are only two male lions in the movie. She cannot be Mufasa’s daughter as Simba and she becomes partners. This leaves the possibility open that Scar sired Nala! Plot twist after plot twist.
The After Life
Just to piggyback off of that, we wonder what this supposed zombie's story must have been. Did someone try to bring back the dead because of an inheritance? A connected theory is that the cave of wonders belongs to a former owner of the lamp. Perhaps a cunning swindler tried to rob this person of their riches.
A desperate family member could have tried to bring the dead back and change the will? Sounds a little far-fetched, we know, but aren't imagining backstories so fun?
Mushu Saves the Day
There are some serious Mushu fans. In another undercover ploy, Mushu falsifies a letter from Fa Zhou, Mulan’s father, requesting soldiers to help with the battle. The regiment that is sent out very fortuitously encounters the marauding Hun army that is aiming to attack the Chinese kingdom.
The resulting skirmish is the deciding factor that allows for the final victory for the Empire. This makes Mushu’s act of forgery the deciding factor for the victorious outcome and ultimately him the true savior of the Empire.