THE PRIDE OF DISNEY, THE LION KING, RETURNS

IN DAZZLING DISNEY DIGITAL 3D

Two Firsts for the Disney classic:

October 7, 2011—All new 3D version hits theatres 17 years to the day

since its original release

November 7, 2011— Available on Disney Blu-ray and Disney 3D Blu-ray for the first time ever

Simba, Mufasa, Nala, Scar, Timon and Pumbaa are back and better than ever as one of Disney’s best loved animations, The Lion King, roars into theatres nationwide in breathtaking Disney Digital 3D™. A special four week theatrical extravaganza kicks off on 7th October, showcasing the Oscar® and Golden Globe® winning film on the big screen in 3D for the first time ever.

The celebrations will continue as the highly anticipated home entertainment debuts on 7th November, celebrating the Diamond Edition release of the epic masterpiece in spine tingling high-definition Disney Blu-ray™, Disney 3D Blu-ray and DVD along with a special Triple Pack featuring The Lion King movie trilogy.

From the moment The Lion King was first released in 1994 it became an instant Disney classic, with audiences the world over falling in love with the characters, story and amazing animation.  The film was joined by an award-winning soundtrack that introduced us all to the magic of the Circle of Life and taught us about Timon, Pumbaa and Simba’s Problem Free Philosophy, Hakuna Matata.

Now the jewel in Disney’s animated crown has been brought to life like never before, adding a new dimension toPride Rock, while retaining the endearing atmosphere of the original movie, and will be introduced to a new generation of fans in stunning Disney Digital 3D™ as well as giving the millions of fans across the UK a chance to enjoy thiscritically acclaimed and universally beloved classic like never before.

After the unique theatrical release, this spectacular movie will be available to own from 7th November.  The release of The Lion King Diamond Edition on Disney Blu-ray™ , 3D Blu-ray™ and DVD marks the first time the movie has been available in any form since 2004.  Featuring pristine high definition picture and sound, Disney Blu-ray™ creates an incredible at home experience with a host of picture and sound enhancements, interactive features and bonus content, including a new set of hilarious animated bloopers.

Diego Lerner, President The Walt Disney Company UK and EMEA said:  “From the moment The Lion King was first released it became an instant Disney classic, with people the world over falling in love with the characters and story.  This year Disney will bring The Lion King to life for everyone across the UK and Ireland through a diverse range of entertainment experiences.  By creating this celebration of one of our best loved stories we are giving new generations the chance to fall in love with this epic and enduring story”

An unforgettable story, breathtaking animation, beloved characters and award-winning music set the stage for the adventures of Simba, the feisty lion cub who “just can’t wait to be king.” But his envious Uncle Scar has plans for his own ascent to the throne, and he forces Simba’s exile from the kingdom. Alone and adrift, Simba soon joins the escapades of a hilarious meerkat named Timon and his warm-hearted warthog pal, Pumbaa. Adopting their carefree lifestyle of “Hakuna Matata,” Simba ignores his real responsibilities until he realises his destiny and returns to the Pride Lands to claim his place in the “Circle of Life.” Featuring the all-star vocal talents of Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Ernie Sabella, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Robert Guillaume, Cheech Marin and Moira Kelly, The Lion King is a rip-roaring comedy with an uplifting message of courage, loyalty and hope, a timeless tale for all ages.