Movie Review – “The Lion King” Walt Disney Signature Collection

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Walt Disney Signature Collection

Hakuna Matata everyone! I have exciting news. “The Lion King” will be released tomorrow as part of the Walt Disney Signature Collection. Fans will be able to experience this magnificent coming-of-age masterpiece on Blu-ray starting tomorrow, August 29th, 2017. I just received my early copy and I’m loving experiencing this Disney classic movie with my kiddos! Plus, the Lion King Signature Collection also includes amazing special features that have never been released before that only add to the experience.

Did you know that The Lion King was the first Disney animated feature not based on an existing story? It follows the adventures of Simba, a feisty lion cub who cannot wait to be king, as he searches for his destiny in the great “Circle of Life.”

Movie Review - “The Lion King” Walt Disney Signature Collection

The film earned a Golden Globe® for Best Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical and inspired a Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical that is currently the third longest-running musical in Broadway history. In 2019, a reimagined live-action film, helmed by Jon Favreau, will delight audiences with the thrilling retelling of the original tale utilizing groundbreaking technological advances—as only Disney can do.

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“The Lion King” is the fifth title to join the Walt Disney Signature Collection, which includes groundbreaking films created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney, featuring timeless stories and characters that have touched generations. It takes its place alongside “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pinocchio” and “Bambi.”

Special Features – I’ve included some clips below to give you a fascinating glimpse into the recording studio during the making of some of my favorite scenes and songs from The Lion King.

  • Includes Limited Edition Film Frames
  • Sing-Along Version
    • “Circle of Life”
    • “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King”
    • “Be Prepared”
    • “Hakuna Matata”
    • “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”
  • The Recording Sessions – Watch rare footage of the actors recording their roles, matched with the final animation. Intro by 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Classic Bonus Preview Reel
  • Deleted and Alternate Scenes
  • Bloopers and Outtakes

No matter your age the Lion King has something for everyone. The animation is truly breathtaking and the songs throughout the movie are really fun and terrific. You can see why even after 20 years, The Lion King is still the highest grossing hand-drawn animation in film history!

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Movie Review - “The Lion King” Walt Disney Signature Collection

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