Earlier this month, Disney released both The Lion King 1 1/2 and The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital. I can’t tell you how elated I was to share both of these movies with my girls for the first time. I still remember when I saw The Lion King when it first came out in 1994.
Both of these movies complement and extend the storyline of the original movie in such a way that it just fits. After I first saw The Lion King, I thought it was just great as it was. But now that I’ve seen these two movies, I can’t imagine the original story without them.
The Lion King 1 1/2 follows Timon and Pumbaa just before Simba was born. We are taken on a story of why Timon left his family in search of his dream home, how he met Pumbaa and how together, they saved Simba. The stories begin to intertwine with the original movie at the point where Rafiki is introducing Simba to the Pride Lands. From here, we learn how Hakuna Matata was started and just how much of a large part that both Timon and Pumbaa played in the final outcome of The Lion King (the original). As a huge fan of the original, I was grinning from ear to ear as I saw overlapping moments between this movie and the first movie.
Hakuna Matata from The Lion King 1 1/2
The Lion King 2 Simba’s Pride is the perfect final chapter to The Lion King. Simba is leader of the Pride Lands and he now has a daughter named Kiara. Kiara is strong-willed and determined to live her life on her terms. While out one day, Kiara meets Kovu, a cub from Scar’s old pride (a pride that Simba banished because of Scar’s treachury). Originally released in 1998, The Lion King 2 is filled with adventure and challenges. Together Kiara and Kovu try to find their place in the world and in the end, they find that the role they both play in the destiny of the Pride Lands is the most important.
Upendi from The Lion King 2 Simba’s Pride
This was the first time my daughter had seen these two Lion King movies. She loved the stories that both movies told and she shared in the characters’ achievements and losses. And when the movies were over, she asked to watch them again, so both were a great experience for her.
These movies are a great addition to any Lion King or Disney fan’s collection and were released in a Blu-ray / DVD combo pack on March 6, 2012. The Lion King 1 1/2 is being released for a limited time only so if you want it, make sure you get it before it is gone. You can find all three movies in The Lion King trilogy wherever movies are sold, or online at Amazon.ca or Amazon.com.
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Disclosure: I received a Blu-ray/DVD combo of both The Lion King 1 1/2 and The Lion King 2 Simba’s Pride for free to complete my feature. The opinions expressed in this post are mine only and are in no way influenced by any outside factors.