Start humming the song Circle of Life. Now add “Pink Pajamas Penguins on the Bottom, Pink Pajamas Penguins on the Bottom..” you KNOW that’s what it sounds like right?! LOL that’s a fun line from one of the comedians we saw on the Disney Magic a number of years ago, and now I think about that every time I hear Circle of Life but I digress…
23 years?! Where has the time gone? I actually can’t believe that The Lion King was first released back in 1994. Our daughter was born in 1996 and our VHS copy was played on repeat for MANY years during her childhood. That copy is long gone so to say we are excited to add this classic Disney movie back to our collection is an understatement.
One of the biggest animated films in history, The Lion King, the coming-of-age masterpiece, filled with humor and heart, breathtaking animation and soul-stirring Academy Award®–winning music (1994: Best Original Score and Best Original Song, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”), joins the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection. The Lion King roars to its rightful place in the Walt Disney Signature Collection. It released on Digital August 15th and will be released on Blu-ray™ August 29th.
The Lion King has always been one of my family’s favorite Disney movies. The characters are so appealing, Timon and Pumbaa’s comedic relief (I mean really, Dance the Hula!… that is so funny!), the spunky attitude of Simba, the wisdom of Rafiki and of course my favorite (and completely underrated in my opinion!) uptight, dignified and nervous wreck, Zazu (That’s probably why I relate well to Zazu LOL!).
Audiences will fall in love all over again with the treasured classic, and a new generation of fans will laugh with Timon and Pumbaa, cry with Simba and Mufasa, burst into song, and find their place in the “Circle of Life.”
And don’t say “Oh, I’ve seen it, whatever.” BECAUSE The Walt Disney Signature Collection release includes over three hours of classic bonus material and exclusive, brand new features inviting viewers to sing along with the film’s award-winning music, observe recording sessions, step inside the story room, witness the evolution of a villain, and join Nathan Lane (voice of Timon) and Matthew Broderick (voice of Adult Simba) for an extended conversation regarding the legacy of “The Lion King.”
Make sure to grab your own copy of The Lion King on Blu-Ray while it’s available! Have a movie night with the kids and print off these ideas for some food and some character masks too!
Here are the bonus features you can look forward to from The Lion King Signature Collection edition:
- Brand New Sing-Along Version
- Audio Commentary – View the film with commentary by producer Don Hahn and co-directors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff.
- Visualizing a Villain – Against a backdrop of live dancers and the animated “Be Prepared” sequence, artist David Garibaldi paints a masterpiece of evil.
- The Recording Sessions – Watch rare footage of the actors recording their roles, matched with the final animation. Intro by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff.
- Nathan and Matthew: The Extended Lion King Conversation – Nathan Lane (Timon) and Matthew Broderick (Adult Simba) offer candid and hilarious insights into their Lion King experiences.
- Inside the Story Room – Co-directors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff present archival footage of five original story pitches.
Circle of Life – See how color creates emotion and meaning in the film’s iconic opening.
Simba & Nala – See how elements proposed in story meetings evolve into what appears onscreen.
Simba Takes Nala Out to Play – …And, sometimes what seems funny in story meetings never makes it into the film!
Hakuna Matata – Co-directors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff sing, act and dance their hearts out as they pitch the “Hakuna Matata” sequence.
Rafiki and Reflecting Pool – Co-directors Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff pitch a sequence that became the emotional heart of The Lion King to Producer Don Hahn.
- Music & More – Sing along to your favorite songs from the movie!
“Circle of Life”
“I Just Can’t Wait to Be King”
“Can You Feel the Love Tonight”
Visual Development – Explore a gallery of striking artwork that inspired the movie’s look and feel.
Character Design – Trace the development of the film’s unforgettable characters through early concept art drawings.
Storyboards – Examine storyboards created in the development of “The Lion King.”
Layouts – Feast your eyes on layouts created in the development of “The Lion King.”
Backgrounds & Layouts – Journey through a gallery of landscape paintings that shaped the world of “The Lion King.”
- Classic Bonus Features (Digital Only) – These offerings from prior home entertainment releases include hours of bonus material, such as bloopers, audio commentary, deleted and alternate scenes, and in-depth journeys into the music, film, story, animals and stage show.
*Bonus features may vary by retailer
My favorite bonus feature is a toss up between the Inside the Story Room: Hakuna Matata and the sing alongs in the Music & More.
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The Walt Disney Signature Collection includes groundbreaking films created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney, featuring timeless stories and characters that have touched generations. Each release will offer special features for every member of your family plus a unique digital experience. To date, the collection includes “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pinocchio” and “Bambi.”