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Zazu
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Zazu (The Lion King: The Full Story)
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Physical information
Gender

Male

Species

Hornbill

Feather color

Blue feathers with indigo tips, white feather outlines and tail feathers, black eyebrows

Eye color

Black

Biographical information
Name meaning

Movement

Also known as

  Dodo (by Nala)
  Banana Beak (by Simba)
  Mufasa's little stooge (by Shenzi)

Status

Alive

Residence

Pride Lands

Affiliations

  Pride Landers
  Pride Lands Monarchy
  Hadithi's High-Flying Heroes

Titles

  Majordomo of the Pride Lands
  Royal Advisor to the King

Allies

Mufasa, Sarabi, Simba, Rafiki, Timon, Pumbaa, Mbeya, Kiara, Nala, Pua, Makuu (currently), Bupu, Kovu (currently), Kion, Fuli, Bunga, Ono, Beshte, Zito, Vitani (currently), Hadithi, Ma Tembo, Mbeya, Baboon Leader, Vuruga Vuruga, Mbuni, Twiga, Basi, Muhanga, Mtoto's Mom, Nyuni, Mzingo (currently), Mwoga (currently)

Enemies

Scar, Shenzi, Banzai, Ed, Zira, Kovu (formerly), Vitani (formerly), Makuu (formerly), Mzingo (formerly), Mwoga (formerly)

"It is my sworn duty to keep the King informed of all the goings-on in the Pride Lands. No matter how bizarre they may be."
—Zazu, describing his profession[src]
Simba: "Look, Banana Beak is scared."
Zazu: "It's Mister Banana Beak to you, fuzzy."
―Simba and Zazu[src]

Zazu is a male red-billed hornbill and a major character in The Lion King: The Full Story. He serves as the blunt majordomo of the Pride Lands, serving under Kiara, Simba and Mufasa's during their respective reigns as monarchs of the Pride Lands.

Originally, Zazu served the wise Mufasa and Sarabi and attended the presentation of their newborn son, Simba. Zazu was sent by Mufasa to scold his younger brother, Scar, for being absent from the ceremony.

Seasons later, Zazu was assigned by Sarabi to accompany the rambunctious young cub that Simba became and his best friend Nala to the watering hole. However, the cubs succeeded in losing him and ventured into the Elephant Graveyard instead. Zazu caught up with the cubs and attempted to defend them from the hyenas Shenzi, Banzai and Ed. When this plan failed, Zazu is launched from a geyser, nicknamed the "birdie boiler", Zazu went to fetch Mufasa, who repelled the hyenas and escorted them all back to the Pride Lands.

Later, Zazu witnessed a stampede in which Mufasa and Simba were both caught in. Hiding his true motives, Scar rendered Zazu unconscious, and, when he was awoken, Mufasa and Simba were supposedly dead. During Scar's reign, Zazu was imprisoned at Pride Rock and forced to sing at the king's behest. Although trapped in a ribcage, Zazu aided Nala in sneaking out of the Pride Lands. When Simba returned to reclaim his throne, Zazu was freed by Timon and Pumbaa. He then witnessed Simba's ascension of Pride Rock.

After Simba's coronation, Zazu remains a crucial part of Simba's life as King of the Pride Lands, serving as the lion's advisor and mentor of sorts. Though they share a healthy relationship, now that Simba is an adult, their interactions occasionally echo that displayed during Simba's childhood. Much like Simba, Zazu believes in several old-fashioned views, yet he still respects the law above all else.

Personality and Traits

"Didn't your mother ever tell you not to play with your food?"
—Zazu upbraids Scar[src]

Perhaps one of the most noble birds to ever take to the skies, Zazu's heart is sworn to duty. Even at the cost of his life, he protects those under his care, undergoing abuse and threat of death in order to keep his charges safe. Even in everyday life, the hornbill shows fierce determination to follow his job, displaying disdain for those who radiate disrespect or disobedience toward Zazu's king. A bit peckish, Zazu takes his duty almost too far, especially with Scar, unafraid to chide the much larger lion for crimes committed against Mufasa.

Especially when duty is on the line, Zazu can be skeptical and irritable. He often makes a show of scoffing at those he disapproves of, an attitude which shines through when he is around Scar. Zazu is not known to be discreet but rather painstakingly sincere and very vocal in his opinions. Despite his occasional rudeness, Zazu is considerably formal, playing the role of mediator between Mufasa and Scar during their arguments, though he is incredibly bias against Scar. He takes his role as majordomo very seriously and often assumes authority over those under Mufasa's scrutiny. Zazu's tie to his king is very evident in the manner in which he protects Mufasa's choices and mannerisms, and almost follows the king around the Pride Lands. Respectful and beholden, Zazu will follow Mufasa to the ends of the Earth, even putting up with the king's high-energy son to do so.

A duty-bound bird of formality, Zazu doesn’t mix well with a rambunctious cub, and Zazu's patience often wears thin while he is around youngsters, especially around those of high energy, such as King Mufasa and Queen Sarabi's son Simba, and his best-friend Nala, Zazu is flighty and timid, ready to uphold his dignity and high status. He can be ill-tempered when he disciplines Simba, though his exasperation with the cub holds much less malice than his irritation with Scar. Unlike Mufasa, Zazu is not one to mess around and would rather stick to his job than playtime. Despite this, Zazu shows his gentle and comforting side when Simba gets frightened, revealing the hornbill to be somewhat parental on the inside, even if he does not show it often.

Zazu is not completely without jest, though his jokes tend to be drier in humor. His natural lack of tact mixed with banter results in somewhat offensive jokes, though the hornbill typically means no harm by them, seen in the cheeky smiles he normally gives upon delivery. Even more than jokes, Zazu enjoys gossip and can be quite the social butterfly, a trait of his which slackens as he grows older. Still, the hornbill can hardly resist waggling his tongue about the animals of the Pride Lands, even in his formal reports to Mufasa.

Zazu's minimal control of his tongue mirrors his inability to control himself in dire circumstances. When in a moment of great distress, the hornbill often loses his head, panicking until the situation is under control. He is easily ruffled, and though he wants to help those in need, he more often than not adds stress to the situation with his clamorous outbursts and overwrought movements. With a loose grip on self-control, Zazu is a bird of order and finds it challenging to stop himself from freaking out until the world is back in alignment.

Physical Appearance

"Kings don't need advice from little hornbills, for a start!"
—Nala, on Zazu[src]

Zazu is a slender, adult, male red-billed hornbill with blue and white feathers (with indigo tips, though they're bordered by a white outline) and a large golden and red beak. His tail feathers are long and straight, each one transitioning from his predominant color to dark blue near the tip. The lighter and darker shades of blue are divided by bands of white. His wings are the same way, starting out light blue before changing first into white and then to dark blue. On the back of his head, two small dark blue feathers curl upward, and a few white feathers on his chest protrude slightly. His underbelly and legs are white-feathered, and his feet are dark reddish-orange. He has sky blue eyelids, and his eyebrows are thick, black, and bushy.

Biography

Backstory

"I remember a cub, a certain headstrong cub, who was always getting into scrapes."
—Zazu, on Mufasa[src]

Since his youth, Zazu has known Mufasa, the future King of Pride Rock. When Mufasa was in his youth, Zazu noted that Mufasa was a rambunctious cub, something which he later would recall upon years later. On at least one occasion, two of Zazu's relatives would ruin a special occasion. At one point in Zazu's life, during Mufasa's reign, Zazu would come into contact with the hyena, Shenzi, who saw him as Mufasa's "little stooge".

The Circle of Life

"Look, sire, how they kneel before the royal son."
—Zazu to Mufasa[src]
Zazu: "There’s one in every family, two in mine, actually, and they always manage to ruin special occasions!"
Mufasa: "What am I going to do with him?"
Zazu: "He'd make a very handsome throw-rug!"
Mufasa: "Zazu!"
Zazu: "Oh, come on. We both know he should've been expelled from the Pride Lands long ago. But just think, whenever he gets dirty we can take him out and beat him!"
―Zazu and Mufasa on Scar[src]

One bright morning, Zazu flew past an assembled crowd of animals at the royal residence, Pride Rock for the presentation of Prince Simba, and at Pride Rock's peak, the hornbill bowed to Simba's father, Mufasa. After Simba is presented, several of the Pride Landers bowed to the future king, much to Zazu's amazement. He marveled to Mufasa on how they kneeled to the "royal son." Unbeknownst to Zazu and Mufasa, some of the animals bowing toward the new king, had actually passed out because of Pumbaa's flatulence problems.

Later, as Scar played with his to-be-lunch, a little field mouth, Zazu interrupted him, asking if he was ever taught not to play with his food. Scar is deeply annoyed at Zazu's arrival, the hornbill also warned Scar that he'd better have a good excuse for not attending the presentation of Simba, telling him that an incredibly angered Mufasa is on his way. After he menacingly told Zazu that he "quivers" with fear, Scar jumped on the bird and temporarily ate him. Just in time, Mufasa showed up to chastise his brother, who reluctantly spat out Zazu onto the ground, who was covered in saliva. Now with Mufasa to protect him, Zazu continued to berate Scar, reminding him that as the king's brother, he should have been first in line at the ceremony after Scar mentioned that it slipped his mind. Scar rebuked this, saying that he was "first in line" until the "little hairball" was born.

Mufasa knew that Scar was indicating his son, and reminded Scar that the hairball is his son, and his future king. Unaffected by his brother's chastisement, Scar acted rudely toward Mufasa, who asked him if he's proposing a challenge. Scar replied that he would never "dream" of fighting with Mufasa. Zazu called this as a "pity" and asked why Scar would not want to face his brother in combat, to which Scar replied that his strongest weapon is the brain, and then leaves. Zazu told Mufasa that every family has one unruly member, adding that his family has two members, and that such family members always spoil special events. Mufasa thoughtfully wondered what to do with Scar, and Zazu joked that Scar should be made into a good rug. He then added that they both know that Scar should've been expelled from the Pride Lands long ago, and then cheekily told Mufasa that they could throw him out and beat him whenever he becomes dirty. The two friends then left the cave.

The Morning Report

Zazu: "What's going on?"
Mufasa: "Pouncing lesson."
Zazu: "Oh, very good. Pouncing. Pouncing?! Oh, no, sire, you can't be serious... Oh... This is so humiliating."
―Zazu and Mufasa[src]
"That is King Okala, your higness. He represents the impalas of the Dusty Plains."
—Zazu to Simba[src]

Seasons passed, and Simba had grown into a lively and rambunctious young cub. After Simba was given a lesson from Mufasa, Zazu delivered a morning report. As he droned on, Mufasa instructed Simba in a pouncing lesson. Simba pounced on Zazu, who fell down onto the gopher. The gopher told Zazu the news that hyenas were invading the Pride Lands, which Zazu relayed to Mufasa. Mufasa left to deal with the invasion, while Zazu guided Simba home. Simba was disappointed that he can't attend the fight, but Zazu tried to raise his morale and reminded him that he will one day be king and will be able to chase the hyenas from morning until evening.

Later, Simba and Nala were running from Zazu, attempting to give Simba a lecture. Simba bumped into Mufasa, who questioned his son's hurry. Simba protested Zazu's lessons, claiming that he already knows all he needs to know to be king. Hearing this, Mufasa decided to put his son to the test and proclaimed that Simba may be king for the remainder of the day. Meanwhile, Scar ploted to use Simba's childish decisions to his own advantage.

At Pride Rock, Simba, joined by Zazu, Sarabi, Scar and Nala, met with his subjects, beginning with Okala, the king of the impalas of the Dusty Plain, who is introduced by Zazu. Okala requested that Simba continue Mufasa's long-standing treaty with the impalas, and though Scar attempted to intervene, Simba agrees. Okala then requests a place to stay for the night, and Scar suggested a nearby pond. As Okala left, Zazu reminded Simba that as king, that the impalas are just one problem. Joined by Zazu and Nala, Simba continued to resolve the various problems of oncoming Pride Landers, including the rescue of elephant leader Aminifu's calf, Ma Tembo. However, Simba became tired, and he and Nala ran off to play. Before long, they began to encounter problems that resulted from Simba's poor decisions as king. Simba ordered Zazu and Nala to sort out the situations.

After Pembe mentioned that the pond which Okala was sent filled of quicksand, Zazu and Nala are left behind to help the ensuing chaos, while Simba went to rescue Okala. After Okala is saved, Simba asked his father if he had been following him around all day, and Mufasa admitted that he had, asserting that a true king never takes a day off. Just then, Zazu showed up, eager to continue Simba's lessons, and Simba took off in a hurry.

Scar's Big Plan

Shenzi: "Whoa, whoa. Wait, wait, wait. I know you. You're Mufasa's little stooge!"
Zazu: "I, madam, am the king's majordomo."
―Shenzi to Zazu[src]
Zazu: "Don't be too hard on him, sire. I remember a cub, a certain headstrong cub who was always getting into scrapes, and he achieved some prominence, did he not, sire?"
Mufasa: "I have to teach my son a lesson!"
―Zazu and Mufasa on lecturing Simba[src]

When Simba and Nala begged to go to the watering Hole, Sarabi relented and instructed Zazu to accompany them. On the way, he informed them that the two would one day be married, much their disgust. Simba declared the he didn't need to marry, since he would become king, but Zazu insisted that it was tradition. However, Simba rebuked this and said that when he becomes king, he will end the law. Zazu rebukes his testimony, and Simba and Nala sang "I Just Can't Wait to be King", expressing how Simba will be different from previous kings. In the end, Zazu ended up underneath Mbeya the rhinoceros, and Simba and Nala escaped Zazu's babysitting.

Zazu later caught up with them at the Elephant Graveyard. Although Zazu wanted to return to Pride Rock, Simba mocked him, and announced that he "laughs in the face of danger." Just then, Shenzi, Banzai and Ed revealed themselves to Zazu, Simba and Nala. Shenzi recognized Zazu as "Mufasa's little stooge, though Zazu insisted he was the king's majordomo. He defended Simba and Nala, but Simba accidently revealed Zazu's previous comments about the hyenas. When Shenzi and Banzai become distracted by telling each other jokes, Ed notified them about Zazu, Simba and Nala's escape. However, Zazu was soon captured and inserted into the hyenas' "birdie boiler" geyser, which rocketed him up to the sky. He managed to find Mufasa and led him to the cubs, just in time to save them from the hyenas. After Mufasa scares the hyenas off, Zazu makes a face of pride. However, Mufasa gave him a cold glare. Signifying that he's upset with Zazu for his failure to keep Simba safe.

That evening, Zazu, Nala, Simba, and Mufasa returned home. At one point, Mufasa stopped and angrily called Zazu to him. Zazu fearfully asked him what he wanted, and Mufasa told him that he take Nala home. Zazu complied with the king, and before he left, Zazu encouraged Mufasa not to be too upset with Simba, as Mufasa was a rambunctious cub as well. Zazu went to cubs and told Nala that they should go. He then turned to Simba and put his wings on the cub's shoulders, wishing him luck. Zazu and Nala then went back home.

The Stampeding Coup

"Your father is on the way! Hold on!"
—Zazu to Simba[src]

Later on, Zazu with Mufasa near the gorge. They noted the wildebeests' movement, and found it "odd." In that moment, they were is alerted by Scar that the movment was a wildebeest stampede, and Simba was in danger. Zazu flew down into the gorge, and found Simba hanging from the edge of a dead tree. In a panic, he informed Mufasa of Simba's danger, who throws himself into the stampede after his son. As Zazu watched the stampede, he reacted in panic and tried to look for help. However, Scar struck him into a wall and rendered unconscious.

Hakuna Matata!

Zazu: "Scar! We must get on the move, we must save Mufasa!"
Scar: " This isn't the worse of it."
Zazu: "Scar, what's wrong?"
Scar: "It's to late. Mufasa is dead, and so is little Simba. Both cut down by the gorge."
―Zazu and Scar, on the deaths of Mufasa and Simba[src]

At Pride Rock, Scar brought an unconscious Zazu to the pride. When Scar dropped him on the ground, Zazu frantically woke up. He urged Scar to help Mufasa, but Scar revealed to the pride that both Mufasa and Simba were killed in the gorge, much to Zazu's despair. When Scar gave his eulogy about his brother, Mufasa and nephew, Simba, Zazu comforted a heart-broken Sarabi. As Scar eulogized, Zazu noticed several hyenas enter the Pride Lands, followed by the realization that they were brought on Scar's behalf, much to Zazu's shock.

The Roar of Terror

"Oh... I would never have had to do this for Mufasa!"
—Zazu, both comparing and insulting Scar against Mufasa[src]

Years into Scar's reign, the Pride Lands beame a barren wasteland due to severe overhunting and Zazu was imprisoned in a ribcage in Scar's den, forced to sing at the king's behest. while he sang, "Nobody Knows the Troubles I've Seen", Scar complained that the song was too melancholy, and asked Zazu to sing something else. First, he tried "It's a Small World," only for Scar to interrupt, and he asjed for another song, to which Zazu sang "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts". As Scar enjoys singing this new tune, Zazu lamented not having to do this for Mufasa, and Scar quickly interrogated him and warned him never to mention that name in his presence, as that is the law. Then, Shenzi, Banzai and Ed entered Scar's den and complained abouct the lack of food and water. Scar casually told them to eat Zazu, but he frantically insisted that he'd be too tough and gamey.

Scar: "Zazu, why am I not loved?"
Zazu: "Do you want the short list or the long!"
―Scar and Zazu[src]

Later on, Scar asked Zazu why he is not loved by his subjects, and Zazu explained that it is because the Pride Lands have started to deteriorate. Scar claimed that his own feelings are more important, but Zazu asserted that their homeland is becoming a desert. Scar began to enumerate his own qualities as likability, wit, and good looks. Zazu tried to point out the problem of allowing the hyenas to hunt in the Pride Lands, but Scar ignores him.When Scar asked himself what he lacks in order to gain the love of his subjects, Zazu urged him to do something before the Pride Lands are destroyed. He then muttered that it would have been better if Mufasa were still alive, but Scar overheard him and grew enraged. Scar began to wonder what Mufasa had that he did not. Zazu named a few things, one of which is a queen. Scar immediately realized that a queen is what he needs and claims that he can gain immortality through his heirs. Then, Nala appeared at the entrance to Scar's den, showing concern for the state of the Pride Lands. Scar realized that Nala could be his queen. Zazu protested, but Scar silenced him and knocked him to the wall. Zazu was horrified at Scar's want for Nala to be his queen.

That night, Nala tried to escape the Pride Lands. In the midst of this, Zazu watched in secret from the summit of Pride Rock. Scar soon appeared and he questioned Zazu on what he was watching, and Zazu initially protested and refused to tell him. However, after a while, Zazu incorrectly stated that he was seeking advice from Mufasa. Although this was a lie, Zazu knew this would anger Scar. Scar pounced on Zazu and allowed Nala to escape.

The Battle of Pride Rock

Zazu: "Let me out! Let me out!"
Timon: "Lemme in! Lemme in!"
―Zazu and Timon[src]

Later on, a grown Simba, the lionesses, Timon, Pumbaa, and Rafiki battled the hyenas for Simba's birthright as king of Pride Rock. While being pursued by Banzai, Zazu and Timon found one another. Zazu pleaded with Timon to let him out of the ribcage, but Timon shoved his way inside the ribcage instead. However, Pumbaa came to the rescue and chased away the hyenas after Banzai accidentally insulted him by calling him a "pig". Zazu and Timon were freed and the three did a victory chant. Afterward, he continued to fight, usually from the sky.

Later, Zazu witnessed Simba's ascension to the throne after the death of Scar at the hands of his hyena minions. Before his ascension, Zazu bowed to Simba, before he reunited with his mother and Nala.

An Important Presentation

Once the animals were present are present at Pride Rock for the presentation of Kiara, Simba and Nala's daughter, Rafiki greeted the king and queen with an embrace. Zazu bowed respectfully before the royal family, as he once did for Mufasa and Rafiki took Kiara and hoisted her into the air for and the Pride Landers rejoiced.

Wild Schemes and Catastrophes

Zazu: "Nothing there but a bunch of back-stabbing, murderous Outsiders!"
Simba: "Zazu's right. You can't turn your back on them"
―Zazu relaying the dangers of the Outsiders[src]

At Pride Rock, Zazu was seen with Simba and Nala, the former lecturing Kiara about Zira and the Outsiders. Zazu joined in on the warnings and called the Outsiders nothing but "backstabbing" and "murderous". Simba agreed and warned Kiara that you can't turn your back against the Outsiders, much to Kiara's confusion. Later, after Kiara and Kovu's meeting, Zazu joined Timon, Pumbaa and the lionesses as they fly back to Pride Rock.

Later, Kion and Bunga were called by Zazu to return home as per his father's wishes. Kion told Zazu that they're on an adventure, but Fuli cried out and sped past before he can continue. When Fuli wouldn't slow down for the hornbill, he took off after her, allowing Kion and Bunga to continue. When Zazu turned around, the pair have left.

Zazu located the cubs just in time to save them from Pua's float. Zazu confirmed that Kion is Simba's son, much to their surprise. Makuu however stated that they initiated a challenge, and Pua backed his float member up and stated that Simba respects the crocodile ways. Zazu also confirmed his respect for their ways, and leaped into Makuu's open mouth, telling the crocodiles that he is responsible for Kion and will take his place. Seeing his bravery, Pua allowed Zazu to live in respect for the king, and warned the cubs not to come to their area again uninvited. Quickly, Zazu pushed Kion and Bunga away so Pua can't change his mind on the matter.

The Return of the Roar

"I've found him, Your Highness! Kion is over here!"
—Zazu to Simba, after locating Kion[src]

After Kion failed to show his friends the Roar of the Elders on top of a hillside, Zazu led Simba, Kiara and Tiffu to Kion. Zazu stood by as Simba had a stern talk with Kion in relation to Kion's newfound destiny to be leader of the Pride Lands' new Lion Guard. Zazu left with his king after he finished his conversation, and Kion then vented.

The Kupatana Celebration

"Oh! Mbuni, it's ma-un-de-lay-e-oh, ya uhhi. Remember that for tonight!"
—Zazu to Mbuni, correcting her mistake[src]

For the annual Kupatana celebration, Zazu conducted a rehearsal of the opening choral at Mizimu Grove, which was performed by Basi, Mbuni, Twiga, Muhanga, and Mtoto's mom. However, when Mbuni made a mistake during rehearsal, Zazu reminded her the correct lines. That evening, at the Kupatana Celebration, Zazu was seen directing the opening choral at the Kupatana Celebration when the celebration officially began.

Never Roar Again

"Zazu's just received word that a herd of giraffe have moved into the baboons' forest."
—Kiara on Zazu

Zazu was mentioned by Kiara, who told Kion that Zazu had reported that the giraffes had moved into the baboon's forest. This led to further confusion, since the entirety of the Pride Landers had a habitat change.

The Savannah Summit

"Hmm. Very original solution."
—Zazu to Kion[src]

Zazu looked on when Simba gathered several key animal leaders to Pride Rock to begin a Savannah Summit. He commented in worry when Kion and Makuu interact. As the party proceeded to Mizimu Grove, Zazu and Simba sang "Everyone Is Welcome'", where they stressed the importance of equality and unity to the attendees.

Later, the Lion Guard heard Zazu squawking for help, and they followed the noise to where Rafiki was attempting to paint a portrait of the baboon leader and Mbeya, who was sitting atop Zazu. The Lion Guard demanded an explanation, and Mbeya furiously explained that Zazu had called him clumsy. The baboon leader clarified that it had been him who had called Mbeya clumsy and then accused Mbeya of having bumped into him. Zazu yelled for Mbeya to get off him, and the rhinoceros complied, much to Zazu's relief. The baboon leader and Mbeya started to bicker again, but Beshte stepped in-between them and encouraged them to get along with one another. The three then apologize to one another. Afterward, Zazu asked Rafiki if him underneath Mbeya would appear on the original portrait he was painting. The mandrill replied, "not the official one."

Later that day, Zazu watched as Kion lied to the Summit that Makuu had fallen into a pit and lost his life in the struggle. A horrified Twiga and Vuruga Vuruga exclaimed that they had never intended for Makuu to get hurt, only to fall into a pit of rotten fruit. Just then, Makuu revealed himself and announced to the gathered animals that he had come to the Summit with the intention of helping his float and the Pride Lands but that he had only received distrust and hostility. Zazu and the other animals feared Makuu's wrath, but the crocodile merely prompted Simba to let the Summit go on. With negotiations reinitiated, Zazu complimented Kion on his work.

Bring Back a Legend

After the dry season began in the Pride Lands, Zazu made a brief non-speaking cameo as he briefly flew around Simba and Nala as the King and Queen observed the Pride Lands from the summit at Pride Rock.

Let Sleeping Crocs Lie

Zazu: "Now, if you'll excuse me, I must see what else is transpiring in the Pride Lands. Not that I imagine anything will top this. Bupu, in the future, do try to avoid running into trees."
Bupu: "Thank you, Zazu."
―Zazu, while on his way to continue his Morning Report[src]

The Lion Guard gathered around Bupu, whose horns are stuck in the branches of a tree. Kion suggested breaking the branch off the tree, to which Bupu reluctantly agreed. Just then, Zazu arrived and commented that he will be including the commotion in his Morning Report to Simba, much to Bupu's dismay. Bupu and Nyuni then parted, so did Zazu. The hornbill reminded Bupu to be more careful, which Bupu relented.

After Zazu's departure, Fuli critiqued Zazu's nosiness, to which Kion reminded her that it is part of his job to know the business of the Pride Landers. He then reminded her of the time that Zazu had saved him and Bunga from crocodiles. When Bunga had foolishly challenged Makuu to a fight, Zazu had stepped in and offered himself in place of the cubs. This had caused Pua, the float leader, to back down and let the cubs walk away to safety. Beshte and Ono expressed awe over Zazu's bravery, though Fuli remained unimpressed by the hornbill.

The Scorpion's Sting

Rafiki: "Kion. You must get the ash back by sundown."
Zazu: "Yes. It’s important that this ash be obtained, in order for Simba to be cured."
―Zazu and Rafiki to Kion[src]

Zazu appeared at Pride Rock and attended the Kumbuka celebration beside Timon and Pumbaa. However, the celebration was cut short when Simba got stung by Sumu and poisoned. Shocked, Zazu rushed to Simba's side. When Rafiki informed the Lion guard of a possible cure for Simba, volcanic ash, Zazu clarified the importance of the ash being retrieved. Later that evening, Zazu was seen in Pride Rock, watching over Simba with Nala, Timon, Pumbaa, Sarabi, Kiara and Rafiki. Fortunately, the Lion Guard and Makini managed to reach Pride Rock in time with the ash needed to cure the king. Rafiki uses the ash to cure Simba, much to Zazu's relief.

The Unexpected Showdown

At Mizimu Grove, Simba and Rafiki announced Makini's mpando mpaya. In the midst of the celebration, the Army of Scar attacked, and the Pride Landers rose up to defend themselves. The battle paused when Scar appeared in the flames and threatened to overtake the entirety of the Pride Lands. Frightened by Scar's unexpected appearance, the remaining Pride Landers fled Mizimu Grove. Zazu stayed behind with the royal family.

Zazu was present at Pride Rock when the Pride Landers gathered to discuss whether they should leave the Pride Lands. Later, she followed Kion to Mizimu Grove to see Makini's baobab seed, which had survived the previous fire. This inspired the Pride Landers to remain in the kingdom and work together to defeat Scar.

Battle of the Pride Lands

Zazu: "Hadithi has just arrived with Sokwe's warrior, Shujaa."
Kion: "That's everyone."
Zazu: "Indeed. The Lion Guard has gathered all the other herds."
―Zazu reporting to Simba[src]
"That's definitely going into my Morning Report."
—Zazu on Mwoga[src]

While the Pride Landers trained at Pride Rock for the upcoming battle against Scar's army, Zazu reported to Simba and Kion that Hadithi has arrived with the gorilla warrior of King Sokwe, Shujaa, and that the Lion Guard gathered the other herds. Simba ordered Zazu to tell the Pride Landers to get some rest, and Zazu left to do so.

The next day, Zazu charged into the Outlands for the battle of the Pride Lands along with the rest of the Pride Lander army, including the Lion Guard and the royal family. As the two sides collided, the birds and Mzingo's vultures began fighting. In the midst of this, Zazu and Mwoga bumped into each other and Mwoga tumbled down to the ground and Zazu stated that this event will go into his morning report. As the battle dragged on, Simba sent Zazu to watch from the skies for their army's safety. After Scar was defeated and the battle is won, Zazu as wamong those who listened to Kion's announcement of the victory and Jasiri is appointed as queen of the Outlands. Later, Zazu was at Pride Rock when the Lion Guard left on their journey to the Tree of Life.

The First Hunt

Nala: "Simba, you owe him your daughter's life."
Zazu: "Hmm? Yes, sire. Clearly, we are in his debt. And royal protocol demands that all debts be paid. Though in this case you might want to make an exception."
―Zazu to Simba on Kovu[src]

Zazu was at the ceremony of Kiara's first hunt and watched happily from a branch. Soon afterward, as Kiara was believed to be on her first hunt, Zazu assured a worried Simba that she would be fine and pondered what could happen. In that moment, Simba noticed a wildfire in the distance. When Zazu noticed this, Zazu gasped. As Simba prepared to find his daughter, Zazu was told to "fly ahead" so Kiara could be found quickly.

In the midst of the fire, Zazu found that Kiara was being rescued by Kovu. Shocked, Zazu flew of to report the information back to Simba. After Kiara was found and Kovu asked to join the pride, Zazu noted to Simba, who is reluctant to allow Kovu into his pride, that royal law demanded that debts, such as the one Simba owes Kovu for rescuing Kiara, must be repaid, though he would be happy to make an exception. After Simba declared that his father's law would prevail, Zazu called Kovu a "riffraf". The majordomo then flew back to Pride Rock.

The Unwelcome Outsider

Kiara: "Zazu, get help!"
Zazu: "Oh, yes! Help at once! Of course!"
―Kiara and Zazu on Simba's injury[src]

Joined with Kiara, Timon and Pumbaa, Zazu found Simba in a weakened state, injured by a ambush by Zira and the Outsiders. Horrified, Kiara sent Zazu to find help. While, Zazu flew away, the others went to help Simba. At Pride Rock, Zazu witnessed Kovu's exile and watched the Pride Landers express their feeling in One of Us.

Reunified Prides

Zazu: "Sire! The Outsiders are on the attack, heading this way, it's WAR!!!"
Simba: "Zazu! Find Kiara! We'll assemble the lionesses!"
―Zazu alerts Simba of the Outsider attack[src]

Later, Zazu flew into the den at Pride Rock in a panic and reported to Simba that the Outsiders have entered the Pride Lands to attack. Zazu was sent by Simba to find Kiara, who had gone missing. In the meanwhile, Simba, Timon and Pumbaa went to go rally Simba's pride. The next morning, Zazu spectated the union of Kiara and Kovu and the respective prides they represented. The ceremony made Timon and Pumbaa start crying tears out of happiness. Annoyed, Zazu sheltered himself from the wetness of their tears with his wings.

Return to the Pride Lands

After Kion reunited with his parents, Zazu and Rafiki, appeared at Pride Rock to welcome the Lion Guard. Afterward, Zazu watched the royal family, along with Kovu and Rafiki, explained how the Outsiders had joined the Pride Landers. At Mizimu Grove, Zazu was among those who were present as Rafiki announced the Battle of the Lion Guards between Kion and Vitani's Lion Guard. He later watched Shabaha's challenge against Bunga where he stood atop Beshte. He later reacted in awe when Kion used the Roar of the Elders to lift Pride Rock.

Return of the King

Zazu: "Now see here, Simba's royal reputation is at stake!"
Vitani: "Look, I can explain, I can explain everything."
Zazu: "Oh, I'm certain it's a gripping tale."
―Zazu and Vitani[src]
"So I quote, ahem: "The party of the first part," that's you, "promises not to engage in any actions which interrupts the hereforth to wit mentioned circle of life. So legally, you have to move."
—Zazu to Zito[src]

At the Tree of Life, Zazu attended Kion's wedding to Rani, as well as Kion's coronation. Some time afterward, Zazu flew into Mizimu Grove for the union of the Pride Lands. He stood beside Timon, Pumbaa and Ma.

One year later, Simba and Nala surveyed the Pride Lands. Zazu flew past them. However, the Pride Lands would soon be invaded by Makucha's army. When Simba held counsel on the matter, with Zazu, Sarabi, Kiara, Kovu, Vitani, Rafiki and Nala in attendance, Vitani revealed that she had seen Makucha's army during the time the rest were away at Kion's coronation at the Elephant Graveyard and explained their brawl, which led to a Lion Guard victory. Zazu berated her, mentioning that Simba's royal reputation is at stake. Vitani said she can explain, but Zazu sarcastically mentioned that her tale with certainly be "gripping". The council decided that Nala and Simba would find Timon and Pumbaa, who hadn't been seen since Kion's coronation, and Kiara and Kovu were placed as acting monarchs in their absense. Later, Zazu found Zito laying in between a river. Zazu asked Zito to move, but he refused. Zazu then reminded him about the law relating to the tradition of the Circle of Life. Realizing that Zazu is right, Zito left the river to go back to his herd, leaving the water to splash on Zazu.

Later, Zazu participated in the battle against Makucha's reinforced army at the Elephant Graveyard. He rejoined Hadithi's High-Flying Heroes, and, under the legendaril yeagle, they charged into battle. After reinforcements from the Night Pride joined the battlefield, the battle was won. When Vitani and Kion used the Roar of the Elders defeated Makucha's army, they accidently started a sinkhole. In saving Kion, Simba was crushed and is near death. A devastated Zazu was present at Simba's side during his final moments. Later, Zazu attended Simba's funeral at Mizimu Grove and Kiara's coronation at Pride Rock. Before she ascended the summt of Pride Rock, Zazu assured Kiara that she can rule as queen. He then watched her ascension to the throne.

After the film ended, Ma decided to rewind the film to the start. Zazu, perched on Rafiki's staff appeared in the theater. After more character's arrived in the theater, Timon agreed to rewatch the movie again with the crowd.

Behind the Scenes

Trivia

General

  • Zazu was voiced by Rowan Atkinson.
    • Edward Hibbert, who voiced the character in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, The Lion King 1½ and The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa is credited as an understudy for Zazu.
    • Jeff Bennett, who voiced Zazu in The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar, The Lion Guard, and in the song, The Morning Report from the special edition of The Lion King, provided Zazu's singing voice.
  • Zazu appears in 22 out of 35 chapters in the film.
    • Zazu speaks in 17 out of the 22 chapters in which she appears in.
  • Zazu was animated by Ellen Woodbury and Bob Baxter.
  • Zazu can speak gorilla, elephant, chimpanzee, and several dialects of bushbuck.
  • Zazu's name means "movement" in Hebrew.

In Development

  • During the end of Battle for Pride Rock, Zazu is seen bowing towards Simba and his lips are moving despite having no lines. Originally, he was meant to say "your majesty" but it was removed to have a quiet scene. This was an intentional mistake according to Mouse Under Glass, though the line was used in the film, The Lion King: Revisited alongside the 2019 photorealistic remake and the stage musical.
  • Edward Hibbert was originally to be principal voice for Zazu, but he was replaced by Atkinson.
  • Zazu was originally meant to appear in The Meerkat Rhapsody when the plot was to to be told in a flashback to Simba and a reluctant Zazu by Timon and Pumbaa, thought the chapter was rewritten.

Appearances

Songs

  • I Just Can't Wait to be King (partially performed)
  • Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
  • It's a Small World
  • I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts
  • Everyone is Welcome (partially performed)
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