A little girl’s reaction to the tragic scene in ‘The Lion King’ has viewers crying

A video that captures a toddler’s devastated reaction to a crucial early scene in The Lion King has viewers swelled online.

Two-year-old Rory Stanford was heartbroken after her father Joshua filmed her reaction to the death of Mufasa at the paws of his duplicitous brother Scar in the Disney classic.

The clip, shared on TikTok by Rory’s mother Kristin, captures the rollercoaster of emotions the boy goes through as Mufasa first saves Simba from certain death in a stampede before plunging to his own death after Scar has killed him in threw the attacking animals.

The video ends with Rory watching, dejected and teary-eyed, as Simba discovers his father’s now lifeless body.

“Simba is helping him,” Rory tells her father in a moment of understandable denial of what just happened. “He’s tired,” she says twice, apparently hoping Mufasa will rise again.

Rory Sanford watches Disney's The Lion King.
Toddler Rory Sanford’s reaction to an emotional scene in Disney classic The Lion King has got people in a frenzy again. Her mother told Newsweek they’ll try more of a “feel good movie” next.
Kristinsanford/Disney

The clip ends with Joshua approaching Rory, who is now on the verge of tears and clearly eager to comfort her through what is something of a rite of passage for any young Disney fan.

While it’s never easy to see someone cry, the fact is that it’s a healthy biological process with remarkable physical and psychological benefits, no matter your age.

“Crying activates the body in a healthy way,” Stephen Sideroff, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist at UCLA and director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Ethics, tells WebMD. “Abandon his vigilance and defense and [crying] is a very positive, healthy thing. Same thing happens when you’re watching a movie and it touches you and you cry… This process of opening into yourself… it’s like a lock and key.”

That’s a good thing, too, because while Rory was emotionally retarded when he saw The lion kingmany of those watching her reaction on social media were similarly tearful.

“I’ve never cried at this scene before,” one person commented, while another admitted, “I cried watching that.”

One TikTok user said they started sobbing when they heard Rory tell her father, “Simba will help him,” just before he came across Mufasa’s body.

A viewer described the video, which captured the toddler’s reaction, as “the most devastating thing I’ve ever seen.”

Rory’s mother Kristin told it news week that Joshua decided to direct the clip after noticing how engrossed she was in the film.

“It’s hard to keep a two-year-old focused on a movie for very long,” she said. “When he saw her fully committing to it, he decided to film her reaction because he knew what scene was about to happen.”

Kristin was blown away by the response to her video, which has been viewed over 8 million times.

“It’s kind of crazy. I definitely didn’t think it would take off like that. I usually just get a few views here and there, mostly from family or friends,” she said. “I think there’s been such a big reaction because so many people resonate when they see that scene The Lion King for the first time and how it made you feel as a little kid. She still feels that as an adult. It’s a heartbreaking scene and it’s amazing to see the compassion and empathy that even a two-year-old has.”

While viewers have suggested showing Rory Bambi Next, Kristin thinks that maybe they could opt for a little more “comfort,” especially since she’s not sure if Rory is completely over what happened to Mufasa.

“I think she’s still processing it,” she said. “She told me the other day when we were driving in the car. She talked about Scar being a mean lion.”

https://www.newsweek.com/little-girl-reaction-tragic-lion-king-scene-tiktok-video-1747629 A little girl’s reaction to the tragic scene in ‘The Lion King’ has viewers crying

Rick Schindler

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