During the D23 Expo 2017, Disney announced that in August, one of the most popular animated films in history, The Lion King, will take its place among the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection! This means that the classic film will be released from the Disney Vault and made available on Digital (Aug. 15) and Blu-ray (Aug. 29).
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”) is a favorite among fans. and will give them a chance to fall in love all over again with the treasured classic.
The release will also allow a new generation of fans to laugh with Timon and Pumbaa, cry with Simba and Mufasa, burst into song, and find their place in the “Circle of Life.”
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.”
Fans at D23 Expo were treated to a Lion King retrospective panel including a surprise appearance by Disney Legend Whoopi Goldberg!
“The reason was that when we were making ‘The Lion King’ it was the first time in the history of the Walt Disney Studio that two movies were being made at the same time — ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Pocahontas’,” said Minkoff.
The pair said that the film, when presented to the executives at Disney, was described as “‘West Side Story’ meets ‘Romeo & Juliet’ meets ‘Dances with Wolves.'” Katzenberg promised that if “The Lion King” made $50 million, he’d get down on his hands and knees. When the movie tidily made that, the producer and directors held him to his promise. “We made him do it!” Minkoff exclaimed.
The Lion King, the 32nd animated classic from Walt Disney Animation Studios, will be available on Blu-ray on August 29th. The new live-action version of the film, directed by Jon Favreau and stars Hugh Jackman as Scar, late night host John Oliver as Zazu, Donald Glover as Simba, and James Earl Jones returning to voice Mufasa.