The Lion King Roars into theaters and in 3D

That’s right, Disney is bringing back the The Lion King and it’s coming to theaters September 16th for 2 weeks only, AND in 3D!

EXTRA: If you take your little ones to see the movie at a RealD 3D theater on opening day, Friday September 16th, kids get free Simba 3D Glasses (while supplies last).

In anticipation of the upcoming debut of The Lion King in 3D, Disney puts out a list of the “Ten Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The Lion King“.

10. The filmmakers originally wanted Cheech and Chong to play the hyenas in the movie
Cheech and Chong were not working together at the time, but Whoopi Goldberg was interested, so they got Cheech and Whoopi!

9. Pumbaa’s belly rubbing was inspired by an animator’s wife.
The animator, Tony Bancrofts was inspired by his then pregnant wife, because she used to rub her belly all the time.

8. The “Hakuna Matata” song wasn’t in the original script.

7. Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella originally auditioned for the role of the hyenas.

6. Rafiki was a very different character in early versions of the story.
Can you believe that Rafiki was originally going to be a serious counselor to the king, rather than a crazy monk? So happy we have our crazy monk!

5. The creative team brought real lions into the animation studio to research their movements.

4. It took nine months to convert the movie into 3D.
Yes, it took them nine months to convert the movie into 3D. The first three were in preparations and testing shots, and the last six months were in production.

3. Zazu was originally a smaller species of bird.

2. Pride rock was created in Burbank!
They did a lot of scene research in Kenya, and in fact many of the landscape is modeled after different areas in Kenya, but the beloved Pride Rock…was invented right in Burbank by an artist’s imagination.

1. The original title of the movie wasn’t The Lion King.
King Of The Jungle was the orignal name.


Here are some great crafts to get your little ones ready and excited for the movie:

Printable coloring page       

Simba Cutie Papercraft

Simba Cutie Papercraft








And a Walt Disney's Missouri: The Roots of a Creative Geniuslittle personal family connection to Walt Disney...for those of you who don’t personally know me, I grew up outside Kansas City, Missouri and my maiden name is Cauger. My great-grandfather A.V. Cauger was an advertising entrepeneur and hired young Walt Disney in 1920. A starving artist, Disney went to work at my great-grandfathers film company, Kansas City Film Ad Company. There, he made commercials based on cutout animation, and his love for animation began, and he decided to become an animator. Disney borrowed a camera from A.V. Cauger to experiment at home and started to do his own cel animation. Disney eventually opened his own animation business, and hired a fellow co-worker at the Kansas City Film Ad Company, Fred Harman, as his first employee. Walt and Harman moved on and started “Laugh-O-Grams” cartoons, which aired in Kansas City theaters. Later, they headed to Hollywood, and the rest is history.

I thought I would share a little bit of family history, since we were on the subject. I was surrounded by Walt Disney family photos and artwork when I was a little girl, and the stories I have heard from my grandparents will always be close to my heart.


and finally, a little song to leave you with…

Pre-order your blue-ray/DVD today, Available October 4th, 2011.

Happy Viewing!

|| Your Desert Momma ||

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