Since its last Tuesday release, Walt Disney Pictures' THE LION KING 1 1/2 has sold over 3 million combined DVD/VHS units in North America, it was announced today by Bob Chapek, President of Buena Vista Home Entertainment. Based on this sales figure alone, THE LION KING 1 1/2 is now positioned to be the best-selling direct-to-video DVD of all time.
"Disney has traditionally dominated the direct-to-video industry, so it is no surprise that THE LION KING 1 1/2 will continue to build upon that success," said Bob Chapek, President of Buena Vista Home Entertainment. "With the tremendous support by both retail and consumers, these incredible sales figures reinforce the admiration that audiences have for this wonderful franchise and for our Disney Video Premiere movies in general."
"We're thrilled beyond words that our audience has embraced THE LION KING 1 1/2," said Sharon Morrill, Executive Vice President, DisneyToon Studios, "It just goes to show the power of these beloved characters and a great new story."
"To see the adventure of 'The Lion King' re-told by sidekicks Timon (voiced by Nathan Lane) and Pumbaa (voiced by Ernie Sabella) in THE LION KING 1 1/2 is just hilarious," said Don Hahn, original producer of "The Lion King." "It's fantastic to see the tradition of 'The Lion King' continue with such a great movie."
The two-disc Disney DVD THE LION KING 1 1/2 includes a whole new slate of bonus fun starring the original voice talent, games for all ages, theme-park-ride style virtual safari, music video, behind-the-scenes tours and much more. This hilarious, all-new animated movie starring Timon and his windy pal Pumbaa is available on DVD for $29.99 (S.R.P.) and on VHS for $24.99 (S.R.P.).
The legacy of Disney's "The Lion King" continues with THE LION KING 1 1/2, an uproarious, all-new chapter to the beloved original film. THE LION KING 1 1/2 reunites original voice cast members and features music from Elton John, Tim Rice and Lebo M. Timon and Pumbaa, the greatest unsung heroes of the savanna, provide a hysterical new perspective on the action at Pride Rock and beyond.
Nathan Lane (Timon), Ernie Sabella (Pumbaa) return with colorful new characters such as Timon's Mom ("The Simpsons" Julie Kavner) and his outrageous Uncle Max (voice by Jerry Stiller of TV's "Seinfeld"). They're joined by Simba (Matthew Broderick), Rafiki (Robert Guillaume), Nala (Moira Kelly), Shenzi (Whoopi Goldberg), Banzai (Cheech Marin) and more in this Pridelands epic.
Running parallel to "The Lion King" yet completely original, THE LION KING 1 1/2 goes back before the beginning and introduces Timon's outrageous family, how he met Pumbaa, and more. The truth about some "passed" events -- such as when King Mufasa introduced his young heir to the animal kingdom -- are finally revealed. Let's just say there was something funny behind that dramatic moment when all the animals bowed to their new ruler! It's a wild side of the Pridelands that you've never seen before. Timon and Pumbaa were there ... and they ain't lion! Produced by George Mendoza. Directed by Bradley Raymond.