What’s on the menu? Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced that for spring 2012, the menu will consist of both direct-to-video sequels for The Lion King: The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride and the midquel The Lion King 1 1/2 (sometimes known as The Lion King 3). Both will be available as Disney Blu-ray Special Edition for the first time beginning March 6, 2012 for a limited time.
In The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride (available for pre-order), Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment invites you to experience the power of upendi, which means love, as Kiara, Simba’s strong-willed daughter, seeks adventure away from her father’s watchful gaze. Timon and Pumbaa can do only so much to protect her, especially when she encounters an intriguing rival, Kovu, a cub who is being groomed to lead Scar’s pride.
As Kiara and Kovu search for their proper places in the great ‘Circle Of Life,’ they discover that it may be their destiny to reunite their prides and bring peace to the Pride Lands.
Featuring the original all-star voice cast, breathtaking animation and enchanting songs, Kiara and Kovu’s adventure thrills audiences of all ages as the glorious “Circle Of Life” continues for a new generation.
Bonus features include:
- Timon & Pumbaa’s Insectapedia – In this new animated bonus feature, Timon & Pumbaa gaze at the night sky as the star constellations resemble their favorite meal, insects!
- One By One – An original animated short with vocals by The Lion King vocalist Lebo Morake.
- Timon & Pumbaa: Find Out Why – In this series of animated shorts, Timon and Pumbaa provide answers to some of life’s most puzzling questions including: Why is there lightning and thunder? Why do we sneeze? Why don’t Pandas live in the desert? Why is there wind? Why does an airplane fly?
- Proud of Simba’s Pride – A featurette that traces the making of the movie.
- ‘Love Will Find a Way’ Music Video Performed by Kenny Lattimore and Heather Headley.
Part prequel, part sequel, hilarity reigns in the motion picture comedy-adventure that takes you way back to the beginning before Simba’s tale began, The Lion King 1 1/2 (available for pre-order), now more fabulous than ever for the first time in a 2-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack!
From their uniquely hysterical perspective, Timon and his windy pal Pumbaa — the greatest unsung heroes of the savanna — reveal where they came from, how they helped Simba save the Serengeti and what really happened behind the scenes of The Lion King’s biggest events.
This essential chapter of The Lion King trilogy features your favorite characters voiced by the original cast (Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Ernie Sabella plus Julie Kavner and Jerry Stiller) and music by Elton John and Tim Rice. You’ll feel the love for every outrageously funny moment.
- Timon & Pumbaa’s Vacation Safari – This new animated bonus feature shows Timon & Pumbaa watching home movies of their animal friends at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.
- Deleted Scenes Director Bradley Raymond and Producer George Mendoza explain why these segments did not make the final film: 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
- Timon: Behind the Legend — Hosted by Peter Graves, this mock-umentary traces Timon’s childhood. There are interviews with Timon’s mom, Uncle Max & Pumbaa, plus snapshots show him growing up.
- Before the Beginning: The Making of Lion King 1 ½ — Director Bradley Raymond and Producer George Mendoza walk viewers through the film… from before the beginning. Brad and George are silhouetted against their own film with a remote, just like Timon and Pumbaa.
- ‘Grazing in the Grass’ Music video performed by Raven.