Lion King sequel series

The Lion King is giving birth to a new small-screen franchise, two decades after the original film hit theaters. Disney Junior announced today that it is planning an animated series titled The Lion Guard, which will first launch as a made-for-TV movie.

At the center of the story will be a young cub named Kion, son of Simba and Nala. As you can see in the photo above, he’s basically Simba plus a red mohawk and a pawprint tattoo. Kids these days. Hit the jump for more info, including another new photo and details on which familiar faces might drop by.

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Lion King Legacy Collection

2014 is a big year for Disney anniversaries. Strictly looking at the movies it’s the 55th anniversary of Sleeping Beauty, the 50th anniversary of Mary Poppins, the 25th anniversary of The Little Mermaid, and the 20th anniversary of The Lion King. That last one has been chosen to kick off a new musical event called The Legacy Collection.

Over the next two years, Disney will rerelease the soundtracks to a dozen classic films as part of The Legacy Collection, each featuring new liner notes, documentaries, artwork and previously unreleased music. The Lion King is out first, and no available for pre-order, followed by the others mentioned above this year and Fantasia, Pinocchio, Toy Story, Lady and the Tramp, Pocahontas, The Aristocats and Cinderella next year. Read more about the Lion King Legacy Collection and see the full schedule below. Read More »

Rivers of Light

One park expands, another closes, and there’s some cool hotel business going on. All in another edition of Theme Park Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • What is the Disney Explorers’ Lodge?
  • Zonko’s Joke Shop has closed at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  • See photos of the new nighttime attraction and Lion King stage show at Animal Kingdom.

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Kevin Tong - Wall-E

UPDATE: We’ve added posters for 101 Dalmatians and Aladdin.

UPDATE 2: More posters revealed, including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan and The Sword in the Stone.

Mondo has finally started to reveal the posters from their highly anticipated “Nothing’s Impossible” Walt Disney themed art show, presented by Oh My Disney. After weeks of speculation, posters from Disney films like Fantasia, Sleeping Beauty, The Rescuers and The Black Hole have hit the net, as well as images for Pixar Oscar winners Wall-E, Up and The Incredibles.

Below, check out nine new posters revealed from the show, which opens at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, TX Friday March 7. Check back later this week for more reveals.

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Aladdin's Genie and Sebastian

Even casual Disney fans have likely noticed that the studio’s various animated features often contain subtle nods at each other. Rapunzel from Tangled has Disney fairy tale books in her collection, Nani from Lilo & Stitch has a Mulan poster, et cetera. But what if these aren’t mere sight gags from playful animators. What if, instead, they’re hard evidence that all of these movies take place in the same universe?

In an homage of sorts to Jon Negroni’s The Pixar Theory, Josh Butler posits that 30 of Disney’s animated features share a world. His thesis requires some suspension of disbelief — for one thing, it involves a lot of magic and time travel — but it’s fun to think about nonetheless. Hit the jump to see how Butler’s theory shakes out.

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As trailer mashups become more and more common, it is pretty rare that one hits and really deserves widespread attention. I had a few people call my attention today to this combination of the audio from the second trailer for The Dark Knight Rises with footage from The Lion King, and I blew it off for a while. But this is a great effort that skillfully cuts the animated footage to the TDKR audio with a clear-cut indication of the Lion King characters standing in for ones from Nolan’s film. Read More »

Briefly: The original plan for the 3D re-release of Disney’s 1994 smash The Lion King was to  put the film in theaters for two weeks in anticipation of the film’s October 4 Blu-ray release. But the 3D conversion of the film has dominated the box office for two weeks in a row, falling only 27% in its second weekend, for a cumulative two-week take of $61.7 million. And so, according to CNN (via The Disney Blog), the head of Disney’s theatrical distribution arm has pledged at least another week for the film to live in theaters. That means The Lion King will be on movie screens right up to, and perhaps even after, the film’s blu-ray release.

Details for the extended theatrical run have not been disclosed, but they likely boil down to keeping the film on the big sceeen as long as it is making money and isn’t cutting into Blu-ray sales. Expect another week, perhaps two.

UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter now says that The Lion King will be getting a full theatrical 3D re-release on September 16 leading up to the Blu-ray release October 4. Read more about the update after the jump. Original article follows.

When Disney released The Lion King in 1994, they were kicking on all cylinders. They’d recently released The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin but after the quality of those films, a follow-up seemed impossible. However, The Lion King delivered big time and to this day remains one of Disney’s most successful films of all time. Though it had a very solid DVD release in 2003, that disc is now out of print so Disney will officially re-release the film not only on Blu-ray, but on 3D Blu-ray later this fall. Yes, The Lion King is getting a 3D post-conversion. They’re even re-releasing the film theatrically, in 3D, at at least one location, Disney’s flagship theater, the El Capitan in Hollywood CA from September 2 through October 6. Want to get even more excited? Check out the trailer for the 3D release after the break. Read More »

The Top Ten Most Paused Movie Moments

We’ve all done it. We’re watching a movie and an image flashes by in an instant. Did we really just see that?  So we patiently wait, remote in hand, until the precise second. You click the pause button like the whole remote just suddenly lit on fire and there it is….most likely one of these moments. A subscription based British movie site called LOVEFiLM (basically a European version of Netflix) took votes from their 1.6 million subscribers and came up with the top ten scenes in movies that people pause. And, though Kevin Williamson wrote about it in Scream, Tom Cruise’s penis in All the Right Moves did not make the list. Read More »

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/Film reader Derek Stettler has compiled a video titled “Reel Wisdom: Lessons from 40 Films in 7 Minutes,” which does just what it claims. Here is more from the editor:

I made this video because I love films and I think there is great wisdom inherent in the film medium. This video represents some of the best wisdom from films, edited together as a single coherent piece of advice on everything from life, death, and purpose, to anger, regret, and destiny. In creating this video, I tried to feature a broad array of films, from action/adventure and sci-fi films, to dramas and traditional/CG animated films in order to show how all genres of film have something important to say.

Watch the video embedded after the jump.

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