Originally released in 1994, “The Lion King” became an instant Disney classic. Acclaimed for its award-winning music, talented cast, spectacular animation, and poignant storyline, “The Lion King” became one of the most popular Disney releases of all time. Who can forget Simba? The little lion cub turned king who taught movie goers of all ages the importance of family, pride and having the courage to stand up for what you believe in. And now, Simba, Nala, Mufasa and the gang are back and set to enchant and mesmerize a whole new generation of young viewers.
Beginning on September 16, 2011, Disney will release “The Lion King 3D” to movie theaters for a special two week engagement. This promises to be a theatre experience like never before. According to Bob Chapek, Disney’s president of distribution, “the all-new 3D format immerses viewers in the epic settings and puts them face-to-face with these beloved characters.” Participating theatres will provide special Simba 3D glasses to kids viewing the movie on the first day of release.
“Hakuna Matata” (no worries) if you can’t make it to the theatres in September. On October 4, 2011, the Disney Vault will release “The Lion King: Diamond Edition” on Blu-Ray, Blu-Ray 3D and a 8 disc box set. Bring the “Circle of Life” home to you little ones for a movie night the entire family will enjoy. Plus, thanks to Disney’s partnership with Subway’s Fresh Fit Kids program, you can save on the purchase of the “Lion King 3D” home disc while teaching your children the importance of health eating habits. In-store today, receive a Lion King reusable meal bag and a $5 off the “Lion King Diamond Edition” Blu-Ray Combo Pack with the purchase of a Subway Fresh Fit Kid Meal.
Make movie night even more special with Lion King inspired treats. Check out this recipe for Lion Paw Print Cookies. You little ones will get a kick out of these sugar cookies with caramel paw prints. Or how about ants on a log using celery, peanut butter and raisins? Make a easy “Safari Mix” by adding pretzles, MMs or other family favorite to popcorn.
This is also the perfect oppurtunity to teach older children about the African savannah, its animals and the importance of protecting this great nature area. Also on October 4, Disney Nature in collaboration with the African Wildlife Foundation (AFW) will release “African Cats” on Blu-Ray and Dvd combo. This true story of Sita, Mara and Fang–lions living in African savannah bring the “Lion King” to life in a heartwarming tale directed by Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill. As a part of the “See African Cats–Save the Savannah” initiative, Disney will donate $.50 for every Blu-Ray or Dvd combo pack of “African Cats” purchased from Oct.4-10, 2011 to the African Wildlife Association Amboseli Corridor project. This goal of this project is aid in the protection of the Amboseli Corridor, which serves as a passageway for a variety of African wildlife in Kenya. Click here for a eight page educational companion guide to the movie.