Lion King Trilogy

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Overview

The Lion King, one of the biggest financial successes in the long history of the Disney studios, spawned a pair of direct-to-video sequels. The set contains the special-edition release of The Lion King, The Lion King 1 1/2 (that details the friendship between the Warthog Pumbaa and the Meerkat Timon), and The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride which continues the circle of life as Simba raises his daughter.
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Overview

The Lion King, one of the biggest financial successes in the long history of the Disney studios, spawned a pair of direct-to-video sequels. The set contains the special-edition release of The Lion King, The Lion King 1 1/2 (that details the friendship between the Warthog Pumbaa and the Meerkat Timon), and The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride which continues the circle of life as Simba raises his daughter.
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Special Features

Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound; THX-certified, including THX optimizer; Family-friendly widescreen (1.66:1) - enhanced for 16x9 televisions
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Finding Nemo may have ended The Lion King's reign as the all-time highest grossing animated feature, but The Lion King remains among the crowning achievements from the Disney kingdom. Touted as the first Disney animated feature based on an original story, The Lion King incorporates a primal mix of Bambi's rite of passage into manhood, Hamlet's tragic tale of family treachery, and The Jungle Book's slacker jive, all set to the Oscar-winning musical score by Elton John and Tim Rice. Unlike Aladdin, which only came to life when the Genie was onscreen, this is a true ensemble piece, with a gallery of colorful characters, brought to life by a pedigreed voice cast. Simba (voiced as a cub by Jonathan Taylor Thomas and as an adult by Matthew Broderick) just can't wait to be king. His evil uncle Scar (Jeremy Irons) plots the murder of his brother, King Musafa (James Earl Jones at his regal best), and banishes Simba. Exiled, Simba adopts the no-worries, "Hakuna Matata" lifestyle of meerkat Timon (Nathan Lane) and warthog Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella), until he is compelled to return home and fulfill his destiny. G-rating aside, this is potent stuff: The death of Bambi's mother was a romp in the meadow compared to the thundering wildebeest stampede that kills Musafa; and the climactic claw-to-claw between Scar and Simba makes for intense viewing as well. Disney fetes its leonine hit in a two-disc Platinum Edition, with segments devoted to the artistic evolution of the film (the deleted scenes and abandoned concepts are particularly interesting) and the Tony Award-winning stage adaptation. The first disc offers viewers a choice between the original theatrical version and a Special Edition that features a new song from the stage production, "Morning Report," animated and integrated into the movie. The Lion King Collector's Gift set, meanwhile, includes the two-disc Platinum Edition, a book, and five original signed character drawings in a handsome case.
Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
The Lion King 1½ is a clever companion to the original animated blockbuster, a produced-for-video sequel that focuses on the Lion King narrative from the perspectives of Timon and Pumbaa. How did Timon and Pumbaa meet? What is the origin of "Hakuna Matata"? In a format that plays a bit like Mystery Science Fiction Theater 3000, Timon and Pumbaa fast-forward, rewind, pause, and break into their own movie to add their skewed commentary to the familiar scenes. What lacks in majestic animation, it makes up for in a slaphappy script that subverts The Lion King's iconic moments with occasionally gaseous glee. As the meerkat outcast looking for a predator-free home where he can fit in, Nathan Lane delivers a performance every bit as inspired as Robin Williams's Genie in Aladdin. Ernie Sabella's lovable lug Pumbaa is the steadfast other half of one of the screen's great comedy teams. Joining the voice cast are Julie "Marge Simpson" Kavner as Timon's mother and Jerry Stiller as his excitable Uncle Max. Reprising their signature roles from the original film are Matthew Broderick as Simba, Moira Kelly as Nala, Robert Guillaume as the metaphor-dispensing Rafiki, and Whoopi Goldberg and Cheech Marin as those nasty hyenas. Can you feel the laughs tonight? will make your family roar.
Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
As part of the artistic zenith of Disney's second golden age of animation that began with The Little Mermaid, The Lion King was Disney's pride. As befits royalty, Simba's Pride was Disney's most ambitious direct-to-video production, ensuring the continuation of the circle of sales life for the franchise. This was the first of Disney's "next generation" sequels created to engage a new audience with the adventures of the offspring of already beloved Disney characters. Simba's daughter Kiara (Neve Campbell) resists her father's advice to "stay on the path I've marked out for you." Just as the original film echoed Shakespeare's Hamlet, so does the sequel borrow a page from the Bard's Romeo and Juliet (but with a much happier ending). Kiara meets Kovi, an "outsider" handpicked by the late Scar to follow in his paw prints. Kiara and Kovi become friends and fall in love, which Kovi's mother, Zira (Susanne Pleshette), plans to exploit to take revenge on Simba. Simba is not too pleased, either. Simba's Pride is not as primal an experience as The Lion King, but it is much more family friendly. The animation is impressive, if not as majestic, and the key voice cast is back, including Matthew Broderick as Simba and Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella as veldt-belt comedians Timon and Puumba. Of the songs, "Love Will Find a Way," "We Are One," and "He Lives in You" (from the Broadway production) rank with the original's Oscar-winning score. Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon penned Zira's wickedly funny "My Lullaby," in which she rapturously fantasizes a grisly end to Simba and daughter. Whether Simba's Pride is worthy of the Special Edition treatment is debatable, but parents can purchase this features-packed two-disc set with "Hakuna Matata" (that means "no worries," in case you've forgotten).

As part of the artistic zenith of Disney's second golden age of animation that began with The Little Mermaid, The Lion King was Disney's pride. As befits royalty, Simba's Pride was Disney's most ambitious direct-to-video production, ensuring the continuation of the circle of sales life for the franchise. This was the first of Disney's "next generation" sequels created to engage a new audience with the adventures of the offspring of already beloved Disney characters. Simba's daughter Kiara (Neve Campbell) resists her father's advice to "stay on the path I've marked out for you." Just as the original film echoed Shakespeare's Hamlet, so does the sequel borrow a page from the Bard's Romeo and Juliet (but with a much happier ending). Kiara meets Kovi, an "outsider" handpicked by the late Scar to follow in his paw prints. Kiara and Kovi become friends and fall in love, which Kovi's mother, Zira (Susanne Pleshette), plans to exploit to take revenge on Simba. Simba is not too pleased, either. Simba's Pride is not as primal an experience as The Lion King, but it is much more family friendly. The animation is impressive, if not as majestic, and the key voice cast is back, including Matthew Broderick as Simba and Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella as veldt-belt comedians Timon and Puumba. Of the songs, "Love Will Find a Way," "We Are One," and "He Lives in You" (from the Broadway production) rank with the original's Oscar-winning score. Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon penned Zira's wickedly funny "My Lullaby," in which she rapturously fantasizes a grisly end to Simba and daughter. Whether Simba's Pride is worthy of the Special Edition treatment is debatable, but parents can purchase this features-packed two-disc set with "Hakuna Matata" (that means "no worries," in case you've forgotten).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/7/2004
  • UPC: 786936262346
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Thx / DTS
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 4:08:00
  • Format: DVD

Scene Index

Side #1 -- The Lion King [Platinum Edition]
1. "Circle of Life" [4:29]
2. Scar [3:30]
3. Father and Son/"Morning Report" [3:34]
4. Uncle Scar [:28]
5. "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" [2:40]
6. Elephant Graveyard [3:41]
7. Under the Stars [5:03]
8. "Be Prepared" [2:40]
9. Stampede [4:47]
10. The King is Dead [5:27]
11. Scar Takes Over [4:21]
12. Timon and Pumbaa [:59]
13. "Hakuna Matata" [3:02]
14. Scar in Command [4:03]
15. Pumbaa and Timon Wax Philosophical [1:47]
16. Nala and Simba Reunite [:03]
17. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" [3:04]
18. Trouble in Paradise [4:34]
19. He Lives in You [3:05]
20. Simba Returns [1:35]
21. Simba Confronts Scar [6:16]
22. The Fight [3:51]
23. Simba Ascends [6:00]
24. End Credits [2:02]
Side #3 -- The Lion King 1 1/2
1. Before the Beginning [1:20]
2. Main Title/The Meerkats' Habitat [:30]
3. "That's All I Need" [:30]
4. Leaving Home [:09]
5. A New Acquaintance [1:50]
6. Dream Home #1 [:29]
7. Real Estate Ventures [:29]
8. Paradise at Last [4:05]
9. Sing Along: "Hakuna Matata" [:14]
10. Simba Joins the Club [:29]
11. Growing Up Together [:29]
12. Nala's Return [:45]
13. Timon Alone [:30]
14. Return to the Pride Lands [:30]
15. The Big Wrap-Up [:02]
16. End Credits [:30]
Side #5 -- The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride
1. "He Lives in You" [2:54]
2. Daddy's Little Princess [:37]
3. The Baby-Sitters [2:05]
4. Crocodile Attack [3:36]
5. "We are One" [5:04]
6. The Evil Outside [1:06]
7. "My Lullaby" [3:42]
8. Kiara's First Hunt [2:38]
9. Wildfire! [:13]
10. Kovu to the Rescue [1:39]
11. Just Having Fun [:39]
12. Simba Seeks Counsel [:32]
13. "Upendi" [1:59]
14. Ambush [4:09]
15. "One of Us" [1:57]
16. Kiara Defies Her Father [6:55]
17. "Love Will Find a Way" [4:50]
18. War! [:53]
19. One Once Again [:55]
20. End Credits [2:53]
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Menu

Side #1 -- The Lion King [Platinum Edition]
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Film/Audio Options
         Special Edition: 5.1 Enhanced Home Theater Mix
         Special Edition: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
         Special Edition: French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
         Original Theatrical: 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix
         Original Theatrical: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
         Original Theatrical: French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
         Original Theatrical: Audio Commentary
            Commentary With Producer Don Hahn, Director Roger Allers and Director Rob Minkoff: On/Off
      Captions
         Captions: English for the Hearing Impaired
         Captions: None
      THX Optimizer
         Audio Tests
            Play Test
         Video Tests
            Play Test
      DVD Credits
      Register Your DVD
   Play
   Sneaks
      The Lion King 1 1/2
      Brother Bear
      Sleeping Beauty Special Edition
      George of the Jungle 2
      Finding Nemo
      The Santa Clause 2
      Mary Poppins Special Edition
      Walt Disney World
   Disc Two Preview
   Grasslands
      The Making of "The Morning Report"
      The Lion King Personality Profile Game
   Tree of Life
      "Circle of Life" Music Video Performed by Disney Channel "Circle of Stars"
      The Making of the Music Video
      Sing-Along Track
         Sing Along With All Your Favorite Songs! The Words Pop Up on Screen: On/Off
   Jungle
      Timon's Grab-a-Grub
      Pumbaa's Sound Sensations
   Elephant Graveyard
      Bug Football
      "Hakuna Matata"
      "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?"
   Index
      Grasslands: The Making of "The Morning Report"
      Grasslands: The Lion King Personality Profile Game
      Tree of Life: "Circle of Life" Music Video Performed by Disney Channel "Circle of Stars"
      Tree of Life: The Making of the Music Video
      Tree of Life: Sing-Along Track
         Sing Along With All Your Favorite Songs! The Words Pop Up on Screen: On/Off
      Audio Commentary
         Commentary With Producer Don Hahn, Director Roger Allers and Director Rob Minkoff: On/Off
      Jungle: Timon's Grab-a-Grub
      Jungle: Pumbaa's Sound Sensations
      Elephant Graveyard: Bug Football
      Elephant Graveyard: "Hakuna Matata"
      Elephant Graveyard: "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?"
      Register Your DVD
Side #2 -- The Lion King [Platinum Edition] - Bonus Features
   Asia
      Leaps of Fantasy
      Multi-Language Reel
      International Release
      Galleries: Stage Musical Publicity
      Galleries: International Soundtrack Covers
      Galleries: International Large Format Release
   Africa
      Music: African Influence
      Audio Sequel
      Lions
      Meerkats
      Warthogs
      Hyenas
      Production Research Trip
      Character Design
         Mufasa
         Simba
         Scar
         Rafiki
         Timon & Pumbaa
         Zazu
         The Hyenas
      Art: African Influence
      Multi-Language Reel
      "Hakuna Matata" Music Video
      International Release
      Galleries: Film Character Design
         Mufasa
         Simba
         Scar
         Nala
         Rafiki
         Zazu
         Sarabi
         Timon
         Pumbaa
         Hyenas
         Miscellaneous Characters
      Galleries: Stage Musical Publicity
      Galleries: International Soundtrack Covers
      Galleries: International Large Format Release
   Australia
      The Lion King 1 1/2 Trailer
      Galleries: Stage Musical Publicity
      Galleries: International Soundtrack Covers
      Galleries: International Large Format Release
   Europe
      Landmark Songwriting
      Multi-Languge Reel
      International Release
      Music Videos Performed by Elton John: "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?"
      Music Videos Performed by Elton John: "Circle of Life"
      Galleries: Stage Musical Publicity
      Galleries: International Soundtrack Covers
      Galleries: International Large Format Release
   North America
      Burbank
         Disney & Animals
         DVD Sound Design
         Reflections
         International Release
      Orlando
         Animal Kingdom Park
         Animal Kingdom Lodge
         Disney & Animals
      New York
         Musical Origins
         Screen to Stage
         Musical Texture
         Setting the Stage
         Leaps of Fantasy
         Stage Musical Publicity Gallery
      Glendale
         Production Design
         Storyboard Process
         Computer Animation
         Storyboard to Film Comparison
   South America
      Multi-Language Reel
      International Release
      Galleries: Stage Musical Publicity
      Galleries: International Soundtrack Covers
      Galleries: International Large Format Release
   Story
      Story Origins
      Timeless Themes
      The Story Comes to Life
      Play Journey
   Film
      Origins
      Production Research Trip
      Art: African Influence
      Reflections
      Storyboard Process
      Production Design
      Character Design
         Mufasa
         Simba
         Scar
         Rafiki
         Timon & Pumbaa
         Zazu
         The Hyenas
      Computer Animation
      Film Character Design Galleries
      Film Character Design Galleries
         Mufasa
         Simba
         Scar
         Nala
         Rafiki
         Zazu
         Sarabi
         Timon
         Pumbaa
         Hyenas
         Miscellaneous Characters
      Play Journey
   Stage
      Musical Origins
      Screen to Stage
      Musical Texture
      Setting the Stage
      Leaps of Fantasy
      Stage Musical Publicity Gallery
      Play Journey
   Virtual Safari
   Music
      Music Inspiration
      Landmark Songwriting
      Orchestral Color
      Scoring Emotion
      Music: African Influence
      Audio Sequel
      Full Circle
      Music Videos: "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?"
      Music Videos: "Hakuna Matata"
      Music Videos: "Circle of Life"
      Play Journey
   Animals
      Introduction
      Lions
      Meerkats
      Warthogs
      Hyenas
      Disney & Animals
      Play Journey
   Rafiki's Tips
Side #3 -- The Lion King 1 1/2
   Play
   Bonus Features
      Hidden Mickey Hunt
         Play
         ?
      Deleted Scenes
         Opening Concept 1
         Opening Concept 2
         Old Fearless Buzz
         Timon Talks to Dad
         Timon, Dad & Mom
         Intro to "Scurry, Flinch, Sniff"
         Timon & Pumbaa Look for Oasis
         Play All
      Register Your DVD
   Scene Selection
   Sneak Peeks
      Play All
      Aladdin Special Edition
      Home on the Range
      Brother Bear
      The Three Musketeers
      The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride Special Edition
      Mulan II
      The Lion King 1 1/2 Game Boy Advance
      Walt Disney World Magical Gatherings
      Toon Town Online
      Toon Disney Channel
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English DTS 5.1 Digital
         English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
         French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
      Captions
         Captions: English for the Hearing Impaired
         Captions: None
      THX Optimizer
         Audio Tests
            Play Test
         Video Tests
            Play Test
   Disc 2 Preview
Side #4 -- The Lion King 1 1/2 - Bonus Features
   Featurettes
      Timon: Behind the Legend
      Before the Beginning: The Making of Lion King 1 1/2
      "Grazing in the Grass" Music Video Performed by Raven
   Games & Activities
      Timon & Pumbaa's Virtual Safari 1.5
      Who Wants to Be King of the Jungle?
      Find the Face
Side #5 -- The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
         English DTS 5.1 Digital
         French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
         Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
      Captions
         Captions: English for the Hearing Impaired
         Captions: None
      THX Optimizer
         Audio Tests
            Play Test
         Video Tests
            Play Test
   Bonus Features
      Music and More: Disney's Song Selection
         Play All
         "He Lives in You"
         "We are One"
         "My Lullaby"
         "Upendi"
         "One of Us"
         "Love Will Find a Way"
      Backstage Disney: Lion King's Matter-of-Facts
         Lion King's Matter-of-Facts: On/Off
      Register Your DVD
   Sneak Peeks
      Play All
      Aladdin Special Edition
      Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas
      Mulan 2-Disc Special Edition
      Pooh's Heffalump Movie
      Home on the Range
      Disney Princess
      Disney Presents The Lion King
Side #6 -- The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride - Bonus Features
   Music & More: "Love Will Find a Way" Music Video
   Games & Activites
      Timon & Pumbaa's Virtual Safari 2.0
      Pride Land Games
      Rafiki's Challenge
   Backstage Disney
      Find Out Why
         Why is There Thunder & Lightning?
         Why Do We Sneeze?
         Why Don't Pandas Live in the Desert?
         Why is There Wind?
         Why Does an Airplane Fly?
      Lot's About Lions
      Proud of Simba's Pride
   Original Short "One by One"
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