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Name Kula
Meaning Eat[1]

Species

Lion

Appearances

Nala's Dare
Voice Actors None
Close Relations Friend of Chumvi and Nala
"Let's go home and get something to eat!"
—Kula to Chumvi and Nala

Kula is a friend of Nala and Chumvi, who appears in Nala's Dare.

Appearance

Kula has an anatomy similar to Nala 's. Her fur is caramel-brown and her eyes are red. She has a pink nose, colorless paws, a pale muzzle and underbelly, and a dark brown tail-tuft.

Personality

Kula: "Come on, Nala, don't be a lunatic. Maybe you're thinking crazy things because you're hungry. Yeah, maybe you're light-headed from hunger."
Nala: "I told you - I'm not afraid of anything. And I don't get out of dares. Chumvi thinks I'm chicken, but I'm not."
Kula: "Nala, get real. That strange lion could be super dangerous."
Nala: "I'll get up before dawn - before my mom gets up. And I'll look for that lion on the far side of Pride Rock."
Kula: "You're nuts, crazed, psycho, unhinged! Do you hear me? Well, I guess I'll have to get up before dawn and stop you."
—Kula and Nala argue about Chumvi's dare

Kula is known to be very cautious, as well as concerned about the safety of others. She isn't much of a dare-devil and is against the idea of Nala talking to Ni. She is also shown to be a caring friend, as she is willing to go to extreme measures to keep Nala safe. It's also hinted at by Nala that Kula is lazy, as Nala comments that Kula has never gotten up before dawn in her life. Aside from these traits, Kula can mainly be identified by her extreme love for food; in almost any situation, she can connect feelings, sayings, and even other lions to some form of food or meal.

Information

Chumvi: "Better late than never. Let's move!"
Kula: "Maybe we should have a snack first."
Nala: "You have food on the brain - all the time!"
Kula: "I'm still a growing girl. And dinners have been pretty skimpy lately."
—Kula and Nala talk about Kula's love for food

Kula is one of Nala 's best friends from her cubhood. She lived during Scar's reign.

Nala's Dare

"I hate emergencies. They ruin my appetite!"
—Kula

Kula is first seen in Nala's Dare when she meets up with her friends, Chumvi and Nala , to go to "the ledge." As soon as Nala arrives, Kula suggests they get something to eat, but Nala teases her about how she always had food on the brain. Kula defends herself by saying that she was "a growing girl" and that dinners had been pretty skimpy lately. Nala nods sadly, remarking that it had been that way ever since Scar had let the hyenas hunt in the Pride Lands.

The three friends make their way to their favorite spot, a long ledge on the far side of Pride Rock. But as they're walking along, Chumvi boasts that lions were the best animals in all the world. Nala tries to point out that all lions were similar in their own way, but Chumvi then starts to jeer at other animals. Kula apparently agrees with him, as she helps imitate a hippo and elephant alongside him. Nala tries to slacken the pace of the teasing, but Chumvi continues to say that lions were the best animals in all the world. They reach the ledge and Nala tells him that other lions were probably just like them. Chumvi asks her if she would ever talk to a rogue lion to find out. Nala says yes, but Kula asks her if she would be too afraid. Nala denies this, but Chumvi doesn't believe her. He dares her to talk to a strange lion and find out about his pride. Nala accepts the offer coolly. Chumvi then spots a rogue lion resting in some nearby grass, and dares Nala to talk to him. Kula protests, pointing out that the lion looked "kinda weird." Nevertheless, Nala starts to approach the rogue lion, but is interrupted by a deafening roar. Her friends call her back, and the three hurry back to Pride Rock, for the roar signified an emergency!

The three friends start racing back to Pride Rock. The cubs try to guess at what the emergency might be about, and Kula suggests that there may have been a hunting accident. She then complains that she hates emergencies, for they ruined her appetite. But when the three reach Pride Rock, Sarafina comes rushing out to meet them. She tells them that a rogue lion had been spotted in the Pride Lands, and that the adult lions on Pride Rock had roared to scare him away. Kula remarks that they'd seen him and Chumvi asks if he was gone. Sarafina admits that she doesn't know, then bustles them back to the rock terrace. After Chumvi briefly teases Nala about escaping her dare, he admits that his mother didn't want him staying out late anymore. He says good-bye to his two friends, then dashes off.

After Chumvi is gone, Nala remarks to Kula that he was in for a big surprise, for she would never drop the date; only a coward would do that. Kula protests and tells Nala not to be a lunatic. She suggests that Nala might not be thinking clearly because she was hungry, but Nala insists that she's not afraid of anything. She points out that she doesn't weasel out of dares and that Chumvi thought she was chicken. Kula reminds Nala that the rogue lion could be dangerous, but Nala ignores her and announces that she'll get up early, before her mother wakes up, to look for the lion on the far side of Pride Rock. Kula calls Nala a variant of names, including "nuts," "crazed," and "phycho," but finally says that if Nala was going, then she would have to get up early, too, to stop her. Nala tells her no; she would be following through on this dare. Kula points out that Nala was her friend. Nala gently thanks Kula, then points that she had to prove to herself that she could do this. She then adds jokingly that Kula wouldn't get up before dawn; she'd never gotten up that early in her life!

The next morning, Kula waits on the far side of Pride Rock for Nala. Nala is both surprised and delighted to find her friend waiting for her, but Kula is still stubbornly against the idea of Nala talking to the rogue lion. Nala shrugs impatiently, and Kula tells her to at least get something to eat before she talked to him. Nala asks Kula if she has some food and Kula explains that she had a little stash she had saved from last night's dinner. She leads Nala into the rocks and uncovers her secret hiding place. But when Nala peers down into it, she sees that it's empty. Kula is dismayed and exclaims that it's all gone! She then goes on to say that she's been robbed. Nala asks who would rob her and Kula directs the blame on the nameless rogue they had spotted the day before. Nala points out that Kula didn't know that, but Kula announces that she's going back to the terrace to tell the other lionesses. Nala begs Kula not to; or at least to wait until the dare had been carried through with. Angry and annoyed, Kula obediently follows Nala to the terrace.

When they reach the ledge, Kula once more tries to convince Nala to drop the dare, but Nala wants to prove to Chumvi (and herself) that she's brave. Nala strikes a deal with Kula: if she wasn't back in ten minutes, then Kula could start worrying. Until then, she would have to be calm. Though disgruntled, Kula agrees to this.

Later, after Nala meets the strange lion, who turns out to be friendly, she asks him to come back to Pride Rock with her, and tells him she could introduce her two best friends, Chumvi and Kula, to him. Shortly afterward, Nala and the stranger, Ni, are surrounded by vicious hyenas. But just as the situation begins to look hopeless, Sarafina rushes to the rescue, followed closely by Chumvi and Kula. After Sarafina and Ni chase the hyenas away, Sarafina reveals that Kula had come to get her and says about the cub, "Luckily she has a head on her shoulders." Kula and her friends then follow the older lions back to Pride Rock. During the trip, Kula asks Nala if Ni had really saved her and Nala confirms this. She then whispers to Nala that if Ni groomed his fur, he'd be really cute.

After Ni is introduced to the Pridelanders, he shares a snack with Kula and her friends, much to Kula's delight. After the meal, they show him around the Pride Lands; the best climbing trees and their favorite caves. They have wrestling matches and play "stalk-and-ambush." But after the games, Ni tells Chumvi and Kula good-bye, and lets Nala escort him out of the territory. This is the last time Kula is seen or mentioned.

Trivia

  • Kula mentions that the dinners 'had been pretty skimpy,' which indicates the story is set during the reign of Scar. This would also explain the absence of Simba in the story and the presence of the hyenas.


Quotes

"And if I know you, you'll sleep through the morning. You've never gotten up before dawn in your life!"
—Nala to Kula


Kula: "Here's my secret hiding place."
Nala: "It's empty."
Kula: "What? Howling hippos! I've been robbed! Someone took my food!"
Nala: "Who could have done it?"
Kula: "I'll tell you who. It was that creepo lion, that lousy, dangerous prowler you want to make friends with!"
—Kula and Nala react to Kula's stolen food supply


Kula: "Don't do it!"
Nala: "Okay, let's make a deal. If I'm not back in ten minutes, then you can start worrying. Until then, relax."
Kula: "Gee, some deal. Thanks a lot."
—Kula and Nala before the dare


"You know, if Ni washed and groomed his fur, he'd be sort of....cute."
—Kula about Ni


References

  1. http://africanlanguages.com/swahili/

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