Rafiki is kinda like the Mystery Machine from Scooby-Doo.
Isn’t actually a real thing!
Yep, that’s right.
Same for Rafiki.
He calls himself a Baboon in the movie, but we all know he ain’t a baboon. Have you googled a picture of a baboon?
It ain’t him!
Many people think he’s a mandrill, but he isn’t exactly 100% that one either.
Apparently, Disney was like, “yo – let’s take a baboon and a mandrill and just SMASH THEM TOGETHER to make one awesome looking something. Then give it a stick, and have it beat up a lion. Throw in some sass and psychic mojo and *BOOM*, sold.
Which, you know, totally works. Who doesn’t love Rafiki?
Anywho – if any of you are wondering about mandrills, baboons, or Rafiki…. here’s some info and pictures (sources at the bottom).
WHAT IS A MANDRILL?
In the wild, mandrills typically live for about twenty years. I think Rafiki is supposed to be a little older than this in the movie. I dunno. *shrug* I think he’s still the same age in all the other Lion King movies too. (I’ve only watched the original Lion King movie. I’m not big on Disney movie sequels.)
OH – and get this. See the mandrill up there baring its ginormous jaws of death? They do that to say hi to friends. Like a freaking wave. If someone waved at me like that, I’d taser them.
These babies are the largest monkies in existence. Pretty cool. Also pretty creepy, but hey, they’ve gotta survive, right?
Personally, I think Simba is nuts. If I saw one of these coming at me with a stick I’d scream and run.
In reality, mandrills are actually really shy. So, like me, they’re hermits, apparently. Who knew. Maybe I need to be living in a tree and following around a lion cub. I could do the swinging sticks at peoples’ heads thing.
They uh, they eat leaves. I mean, they eat other things too. Nuts, reptiles, berries, etc.
How does one fill up on leaves?
Get this though. They store food in their cheeks! Literally. They have little built-in pouches in their cheeks! They’re like squirrels. Only much bigger and a lot furrier. With bigger teeth.
WHAT IS A BABOON?
Baboons live up to thirty years in the wild, which is probably closer to Rafiki’s age. Unless he’s immortal. I could totally see that.
They are really social mammals and live in troops filled with up to one hundred baboons.
They live in Africa and Arabia and apparently drive crop growers nuts, as they eat them… The crops, not the people.
They will also eat sheep, antelope, birds, fruits, seeds, etc. They’re a really destructive animal in Africa. Apparently, they’re a bunch of little punks.
Oh yes, the past can hurt. But from the way I see it, you can either run from it, or… learn from it.
Rafiki Sings, “Asante sana Squash banana, Wewe nugu Mimi”
Simba: Enough already! What’s that supposed to mean, anyway?
Rafiki: It means you’re a baboon… and I’m not.
There is apparently a large number of people seeing perverted things in Disney movies. One of the issues is what the song means that Rafiki sings. So Disney came out and said, it means:
“Thank you very much. Squash banana. You’re a baboon and I’m not.”
You remember things like this happening right? Like people who think it also spells out ‘sex’ in the clouds when Simba is stargazing with Timon and Pumba. Disney says it spells out ‘sfx’ after the film’s art and special effects department. Who knows.
Simba: I think you’re a little confused.
Rafiki: Wrong! I’m not the one who’s confused. You don’t even know who you are!
Are you confused?