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Ten Little Known Facts About The Lion King

With Disney preparing to release The Lion King 3D for the first time in theaters on September 16th and then to Disney Blu-ray Hi-Def and Blu-ray 3D October 4th, join us as we journey back in time to uncover a ten little known facts and secrets about the animated blockbuster.

#1 THE ORIGINAL TITLE OF THE MOVIE WASN’T ‘THE LION KING’

“When I first started work on The Lion King, the movie was called King Of The Jungle,” reveals the film’s producer Don Hahn. “King Of The Jungle was a metaphor for this allegorical story about human behavior. We were thinking about the idea of how it’s a jungle out there and Simba has to exist in this jungle. However, there was no jungle in our story; they’re out on a savannah. Another title we looked into was King Of The Beasts, which made more sense because a lion is the king of beasts – but then we threw that out because we wanted to focus on a simple story about a lion king. At that stage we thought, ‘Why not call it The Lion King?’ The story is about a kid who wants to be king and his uncle frames him for murder, so he grows up in the wilderness and then he has to come back to claim his throne. That’s the whole story, and it’s all about a lion king, so the name stuck.”

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Two new trailers for “Disney Universe” – Wall-E & Lion King worlds

Two new trailers for the upcoming video game “Disney Universe” were released by Disney Interactive Studios. It was also announced on Twitter that the game will be at the Disney Gaming Pavilion at D23. Click here to read more about the game, or watch the two following trailers that give a preview of the Wall-E and Lion King themed worlds. (The Lion King one gives some nice hints as to the type of mini-games that will be included in Disney Universe.)

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Disney Theatrical Now Offering Group Workshops

File this under learn something new every day. Disney Theatrical just posted this video advertising their Group Workshop experience. I would have killed, or at least seriously maimed, for an experience like that as a kid. Groups of 15 or more can get discounts on… Read More »Disney Theatrical Now Offering Group Workshops

Director Rob Minkoff talks The Lion King 3D

Director Rob Minkoff helped guide the Disney animated feature The Lion King as it revolutionized the animation industry, now he’s returned to make sure the 3D version meets his high standards. This interview with Minkoff on MovieWeb has peaked my interested. I was very excited… Read More »Director Rob Minkoff talks The Lion King 3D

Lion King Diamond Edition DVD coming October 4th

Ready for a trip down memory lane? Simba, Mufasa, Nala, Timon, and Pumbaa are back and better than ever this fall when Disney’s “The Lion King” roars into theaters and homes in breathtaking 3D. A special two-week theatrical run kicks off Sept. 16, 2011, showcasing the Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning film on the big screen in Disney Digital 3D for the first time ever. Then on October 4, collect the new Diamond Edition version of the epic movie “The Lion King” in high-definition Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D.

“The Lion King” is the best-selling home entertainment release of all time—and this is “The Lion King” like never before,” said Bob Chapek, president of distribution, The Walt Disney Studios. “The all-new 3D format immerses viewers in the epic settings and puts them face-to-face with these beloved characters. We’re showcasing one of the all-time favorite Disney movies in theaters and making it available in Blu-ray hi-def and in Blu-ray 3D—it’s the must-see, must-own title for everyone.”

Nearly a decade since “The Lion King” last appeared on the big screen, the upcoming theatrical release invites new generations into the “Circle of Life.” The two-week, 3D-only presentation is a planned wide domestic release—the biggest since the film’s 1994 debut—and the film’s first-ever 3D release.

The Blu-ray debut marks the first time “The Lion King” has been available in any form since 2004. Featuring pristine high definition picture and sound, the Blu-ray creates an incredible at-home experience with a host of picture and sound enhancements, interactive features and bonus content, including a new set of hilarious animated bloopers.

“The Lion King”: Diamond Edition home entertainment release will be available from the Disney Vault for a limited time only beginning October 4 as follows:

  • 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (for the suggested retail price of $49.99 U.S./ $56.99 Canada)
    – “The Lion King” = Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray 2D + DVD + Digital Copy
  • 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (for the suggested retail price of $39.99 U.S./$46.99 Canada)
    – “The Lion King” = Blu-ray 2D + DVD
  • 8-Disc Trilogy (for the suggested retail price of $100.00 U.S./ $115.00 Canada)
    – “The Lion King” = Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray 2D + DVD + Digital Copy
    – “The Lion King 1 ½” = Blu-ray 2D + DVD
    – “The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride” = Blu-ray 2D + DVD

And the one-disc DVD Edition will be available on November 15.

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