Lion King DVD - A Must Have For Your Collection
The Lion King DVD was created by Walt Disney Feature Animation on 1994. On the list of Walt Disney’s Animated Classics this film is number 32nd.
The story was developed and inspired by a Shakespeare’s famous play Hamlet as well as Bible stories and it happens in Africa which is considered the kingdom of lions amongst many other animals.
This hand drawn production is number 5 on the highest grossing animated films and continues to be producing top dollars.
It is also number one highest producing 2D animated film ever in US! It has been praised by many critics as one of the best films of all time.
On 1994 when Lion King DVD was released it grossed over $783 million. It was the highest grossing movie worldwide and after “Forrest Gump” the second in the US.
It earned $312,855,561 in US on 1994 and worldwide it has made $826,593,390. Today it is the 28th highest grossing film ever!
Because of the outstanding success of this movie Walt Disney decided to produce Lion King II (1998) as a sequel and on 2004 The Lion King 1 ½ as a parallel.
On 1997 a Broadway adaptation was created which won six Tony Awards including the Best Musical Award.
The Lion King Movie has won many awards including Academy Awards for its music both Original Score and Original Song and the Best Motion Picture Award by the Golden Globe.
Elton John and Tim Rice wrote the songs for this musical and Elton John grabbed the attention of the nation by the hit single “Can You Feel the Love tonight” when the movie was released.
With highly dynamic, magical and enchanting visual sequences, Timeless plot, and a magnificent administration this movie will stand strong for many years as one of the best films ever produced.
Since 1994, The Lion King has been a family classic that continues to amaze and delight children of all ages.
Now a staple in many homes, This DVD not only includes the beautifully animated movie itself, but is also packed with plenty of special features that will be as if you are discovering this timeless classic all over again.
With a storyline that will teach lessons that will last a lifetime, The Lion King explains the importance of trust, family, and respect.
The movie takes place in Pride Rock, a peaceful paradise on the African plane and the story starts with many animals getting together to witness the first appearance of the king Musafa, and his queen Sarabi’s newborn son. A wise mandrill Rafiki introduces Simba.
Scar, Musafa’s younger brother is not happy with this new baby’s arrival as he wishes the throne for himself.
Musafa teaches his son about being a king as he grows up but at the same time Scar and the hyenas are forming a conspiracy to take over the Pride Lands.
Scar is upset and is now planning to set Mufasa up to be killed and run Simba away so he can take the place as king.
Simba, being a young cub thinks that he is untouchable and wanders off into places that his father, Mufasa, had told him not to go.
Scar manages to kill Mufasa by refusing to help him when he is clinging to the edge of a cliff for his life after he saves Simba from a large pack of wildebeest stampeding into the gorge provoked by hyenas on Scar’s order. He falls to his death.
Scar manipulates Simba into believing his father’s death was the result of Simba’s carelessness. This Causes Simba to feel ashamed so he leaves the Pride Lands planning not to ever come back.
Simba begins his journey away from his home and breaks down in the wasteland after he runs away but he is found and nursed back to health by a meerkat named Timon and a warhog named Pumbaa.
This is when they teach him their motto, hakuna matata which means “no worries”.
After meeting his new friends, Timon and Pumbaa, Simba quickly puts his past behind him and learns to move on.
Scar moves forward as the rightful king in the absence of Simba.
Years later when Simba is an adult, he saves Timon and Pumbaa when they were attacked by a hungry lioness and realizes the lioness is Nala, his childhood playmate.
Nala is very happy to find Simba and tells him all about Scar’s carelessness as the King of Pride Lands has caused lots of sufferings for the residents and asks him to go back.
Simba refuses to go back still being ashamed of his father’s death. Wise Rafiki summons Mufasa’s ghost for Simba and the ghost tells Simba that he is the one true king being his son.
Simba returns to Pride Lands and confronts Scar on Pride Rock as Timon and Pumbaa distract the hyenas guarding Scar.
Scar begs for his mercy and claims the hyenas were the ones arranging everything.
Simba manages to force Scar into confessing his crime and throws him off the cliff. Scar survives the fall but ends up getting killed by the hyenas who heard him betray them.
Simba is welcomed by his mother and Nala. He claims the kingdom and soon Rafiki introduces Simba and Nala’s newborn baby cub to the animals of the Pride Lands. So, the circle of life continues to go on.
Not Just the Movie
The Lion King DVD not only has this amazing story, but also a special edition version of the movie that has a song that was not in the original one, The Morning Report, and the animated sequence with it.
Interview with Elton John
Along with that, you'll also be able to enjoy watching the never before seen deleted scenes and watch an interview with the genius behind the music for the movie, Sir Elton John.
This movie is a masterpiece and the greatest animated movie of Walt Disney’s productions.
Not Just for Children
If you happen to have any reservations toward this film being animated and childlike, you will be pleasantly surprised when you make an exception for this movie.
The commentary with the directors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff is interesting to say the least.
You will be able to hear all about the behind the scenes action that took place while filming the movie, hear them discuss the controversy surrounding it, and also discover the bloopers that are sure to put a smile on your face.
Timon's Grab a Grub
For kids, special feature Timon's Grab a Grub is great. This game lets you use arrow keys to grab bugs off of the screen, and will rate you at the end.
Pumbaa's Sound Sensations is also great for children because they get to identify different animal sounds.
The second disc also includes the music, stage, animal, and film journey, where you get to hear interviews with Hans Zimmer and Tim Rice, see what goes into the The Lion King play, and experience the real life animals that the movie was based off of.
The film and story journey explain how no one expected the movie to do as well as it did and the origins of the story.
The Lion King DVD Music
- Elton John and Tim Rice are the writers for the original 5 songs and Elton John performs “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” which is carried out through the end credits.
- “Circle of Life” is voiced by Carmen Twillie, and African vocals are by Lebo M and his Choir.
- “I just Can’t Wait to Be King” is by Jason Weaver (Simba), Laura Williams (Nala), and Rowan Atkinson (Zazu).
- “Be prepared” is performed by Jeremy Irons and Jim Cummings (Scar), Whoopi Goldberg (Shenzi), Cheech Marin (Banzai) and Jim Cummings (Ed).
- “Hakuna Matata” is performed by Nathan Lane (Timon), Ernie Sabella (Pumbaa), Jason Weaver (Samba as a cub) and Joseph Williams (Simba as an adult)
- “Can You Feel the Love Tonight is voiced by Kristle Eswards, and Nathan Lane (Timon)and Ernie Sabella (Pumbaa), Joseph Williams (adult Simba) and Sally Dworsky ( adult Nala).
This DVD is something that every home should have, whether you have young children or not.
It is a timeless classic that can be enjoyed by both young and old, and with all of the extra features the DVD has to offer, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.
The Lion King DVD is simply extra ordinary and unbelievable, filled with breathtaking sceneries and visual stimulations, stunning choreography, outstanding musical scores and heartwarming characters the viewers would love to cheer for.