The Lion King almost had a disturbing alternate ending

Be prepared…for some violent Disney death.

The Lion King is a classic Disney film and is widely lauded as one of the best animated movies of all time.

This reverence will be why critics and audiences are divided on the new 'live-action' adaptation by The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau.

Now an alternative ending from early storyboards can now be seen on YouTube and they are pretty nasty.

The storyboards depict the violent final battle between Simba and his evil uncle Scar, but it ended rather differently.

In this version, Simba was thrown off of Pride Rock by a triumphant Scar, who said "Goodnight, sweet prince".

The line is a direct lift from William Shakespeare play Hamlet, which is the chief inspiration for the film's plot.

Believing he has killed Simba, the flames of the fire that started earlier soon consume Scar and he burns to his death while cackling maniacally at his triumph.

Thankfully for the rest of the pride, Simba is revealed to have survived his fall.

In the final cut, Scar is delivered his comeuppance when he is killed by his former henchman the hyenas, who turn against him and eat him alive.

However, seeing the Disney villain burn alive may have been a bit much for family viewing.

Scar was voiced by Jeremy Irons in the animated film, but Oscar-nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor lends his vocals for the villainous lion in the CGI remake.

The Lion King is in cinemas now.

Which ending for Scar do you prefer? Let us know in the comments below.

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