The Lion King

(1994)

Wild Africa is the setting for this animated tale of a young lion cub whose evil uncle usurps his father's crown and lets hyenas overrun the kingdom. Dodging danger and befriending some oddball characters, the cub wanders until the day he's ready to return.

‘The Lion King’ Story Continues in First ‘Lion Guard’ Clip

‘The Lion King’ Story Continues in First ‘Lion Guard’ Clip

The epic storytelling of Disney's The Lion King continues with The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar, a primetime television movie event premiering in November on Disney Channel. The movie follows Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, as he assumes the role of leader of the Lion Guard, a team of animals tasked with preserving the Pride Lands. The movie is a precursor to The Lion Guard television series, premiering in early 2016 on Disney Channels and Disney Junior channels around the globe. A special preview of The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar will be presented at Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, on Sunday, August 16 (2:00 p.m.), but today Disney Jr. has released the first clip from this TV movie, and revealed the full voice cast.

James Earl Jones and Ernie Sabella reprise their roles from The Lion King as Mufasa and Pumbaa, respectively, alongside Rob Lowe (The Grinder) as Simba and Gabrielle Union (Being Mary Jane) as Nala. Max Charles (The Strain) stars as Kion. The voice cast also includes Joshua Rush (The Adventures of Puss in Boots) as Kion's best friend, Bunga, a fearless honey badger; Atticus Shaffer (The Middle) as Ono, an intellectual egret; Diamond White (Sofia the First) as Fuli, a confident cheetah; and Dusan Brown (Blaze and the Monster Machines) as Beshte, a friendly and good-spirited hippo.

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‘The Lion King’ Story Continues in Disney Channel's ‘The Lion Guard’

‘The Lion King’ Story Continues in Disney Channel's ‘The Lion Guard’

Disney Television Animation has begun production on The Lion Guard, an animated television movie and series that continues the story introduced 20 years ago in the acclaimed Disney animated film The Lion King. Geared towards kids age 2-7 and their families, The Lion Guard television movie will premiere in Fall 2015, and the subsequent series will debut in early 2016 on Disney Junior and Disney Channel.

The wildlife education experts at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park will serve as consultants on The Lion Guard stories, which will incorporate themes of conservation, family and community while also highlighting problem-solving, creative thinking and diversity. Author and Swahili expert Sarah Mirza is the language and cultural advisor.

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BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: ‘The Lion King’ Pulls Off an Upset Win with $22.1 Million

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BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: ‘The Lion King’ Tops the Box Office with $29.3 Million

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Tony Bancroft and Mark Henn Talk ‘The Lion King’

The Lion King comes roaring back to life on the big screen this weekend in a way you've never seen it before, in 3D. The animated classic will be in theaters for a two-week limited run starting on September 16 before making its debut on Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D on October 4. Recently I was invited to chat with some of the filmmakers behind The Lion King, and the last interview in this series is with animators Tony Bancroft and Mark Henn. They were primarily responsible for two of the main characters in The Lion King, with Tony Bancroft animating Simba and Mark Henn animating Pumbaa. Take a look at what they had to say about their experiences on this beloved Disney tale, and the new 3D conversion below.

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Robert Neuman Talks ‘The Lion King’

Stereographer Robert Neuman discusses his working in converting The Lion King for its 3D re-release on September 16.

Disney is opening its prized vault once again to re-release the animated classic The Lion King with a brand new 3D conversion, for a limited two-week run starting on September 16. The theatrical run will lead up to the Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D release on October 4, along with an eight-disc trilogy hitting the shelves as well. During the press day for this re-release, we were able to speak with the man most primarily responsible for the 3D conversion, stereographer Robert Neuman. He also served as the stereo supervisor on Disney's Bolt and Tangled before adding a third dimension to The Lion King. Here's what he had to say below.

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Rob Minkoff Talks ‘The Lion King 3D’

Last month, I got to see one of the greatest animated movies of all time in a way I had never seen it before. Back in May, Disney announced that the 1994 classic The Lion King will be re-released in theaters with a brand new 3D conversion, for a limited two-week run starting on September 16. The Lion King will then make its debut in Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D on October 4, along with an eight-disc trilogy set as well. I was invited to a special early screening of The Lion King 3D, and a press day where we were able to speak with some of the filmmakers and artists responsible for this classic, and the new 3D conversion. While I'll hold off on my reaction to this new 3D experience, I thought I'd share one of the interviews from this press day with director Rob Minkoff.

Rob Minkoff started his filmmaking career at Disney in the 1980s as a character animator and designer on such movies as The Black Cauldron, The Great Mouse Detective, and The Little Mermaid. He transitioned into directing shortly thereafter, with short films such as Tummy Trouble, Roller Coaster Rabbit, and Mickey's Audition. He made his feature debut with The Lion King, co-directing with Roger Allers, and now, nearly 20 years later, the director sat down with our assembled press corps to discuss this animated classic and its new 3D look. Rob Minkoff was also joined by Lella Smith, the creative director of the Walt Disney Animation Research Library, a sprawling facility in Glendale which houses over 65 million pieces of artwork from Disney films throughout the years. Take a look at what they both had to say below.

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