"Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life."
- Mark Twain
Everyone's favorite lion, Simba, continues on his journey through the circle of life with The Lion King 1 ½ and The Lion King 2 on Blu-ray.
The Lion King 1 ½
The movie focuses on Timon and Pumbaa, the adorable co-stars of the Lion King trilogy. The film is told through the eyes of the two characters as they discuss "their" story and how they came to rescue little Simba.
The meerkat and the warthog captured the hearts of audiences in the original film, and now they do it again while retelling their stories. They manage to add a lot of commentary to the tale! Let's face it. These two are true comedians!
This Lion King 1 1/2 Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy edition includes a long list of bonus features like the new animated film Timon & Pumbaa's Vacation Safari which has the duo watching home movies about their friends at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World.
Viewers will also see seven of the scenes that were deleted from the film. Another fun bonus is a light-hearted documentary titled Timon: Behind the Legend, which takes viewers back through his life with interviews with Pumbaa, Timon's mother, and his Uncle Max. What a cute family!
Before the Beginning: The Making of Lion King 1 ½ is yet another fun bonus feature where the director and producer of the movie discuss the making of the film. The feature is done in the same format as the movie with the two filmmakers looking at the story like Timon and Pumbaa do in the movie.
Several more additional features add to the comedy and fun of the film and all the characters in the Serengeti.
The Lion King 2
The official sequel to The Lion King, this is the story of the next generation of lions. Simba's daughter Kiara attempts to discover her own life. As we found in the original film, Simba's pride is up against another pride of lions led by Scar. In this story Kiara sets out to unite the two warring prides once and for all.
The Lion King 2 on Blu-ray also contains many additional features, including an all-new animated film with none other than the delightful duo Timon and Pumbaa. These two characters are the break-out stars of the trilogy with their humor and interesting take on life.
Other featurettes also star the duo as they tackle several interesting questions such as "Why don't Pandas live in the desert?" and "Why do airplanes fly?" We all wonder about these puzzling things, don't we?
With a "making of" feature and more, this is a delightful - and funny - edition.
Both of these combo packs are filled with fun, excitement, and great family entertainment. Everyone will enjoy these films which revolve around The Circle of Life. Simba, Timon, Pumbaa, and Kiara are delightful characters that appeal to both young and old and can be found on The Lion King 1 1/2 and Lion King 2 on Blu-ray.