THE LION KING 1 1/2 and 2: SIMBA'S PRIDE get a March 6 release date

First time on Blu-ray for the svelte and not-so-svelte veld gang.

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Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment announced that "The Lion King 1 1/2" and "The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride" will come to Blu-ray on March 6, 2012, and also be available for a limited time on DVD and Digital Download.

"The Lion King 1 1/2" synopsis: Hilarity reigns in the motion picture comedy-adventure that takes you waaay back to the beginning before Simba’s tale began…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.

Cast: Nathan Lane (Broadway’s “The Producers”) as voice of Timon Ernie Sabella (The Lion King) as voice of Pumbaa Julie Kavner (TV’s “The Simpsons”) as voice of Mom Jerry Stiller (TV’s “The King of Queens”) as voice of Uncle Max Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) as voice of Simba Robert Guillaume (TV’s “Benson”) as voice of Rafiki Moira Kelly (The Lion King) as voice of Nala Whoopi Goldberg (voice in Snow Buddies) as voice of Shenzi Cheech Marin (Cars) as voice of Banzai Jim Cummings (Winnie The Pooh) as voice of Ed

Director: Bradley Raymond (Tinker Bell and Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue)

Bonus features:

  • Timon & Pumbaa’s Vacation Safari (HD)- 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”; and Timon & Pumbaa look for Oasis.
  • Timon: Behind the Legend (HD) - 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.

Rating: G in U.S. and G in Canada. Bonus materials not rated. Feature Run Time: Approximately 76 minutes Suggested Retail Prices: 2-Disc Blu-ray (Blu-ray + DVD) = $39.99 U.S./$46.99 Canada 1-Disc DVD = $29.99 U.S./$35.99 Canada High Definition Digital = $39.99 U.S./$46.99 Canada Standard Definition Digital = $29.99 U.S./$35.99

Aspect ratio: Blu-ray: 1.66: 1/1080p High Definition DVD: 1.66:1/Widescreen Sound: Blu-ray: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French and Spanish, 5.1 Dolby Digital DVD: 5.1 Dolby Digital English, French and Spanish Languages: English Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

"The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride" synopsis: The king of animated films reigns in this final chapter of The Lion King trilogy, now breathtakingly beautiful for the first time in a 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack! 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.

Cast: Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) as voice of Simba Nathan Lane (Broadway’s “The Producers”) as voice of Timon Ernie Sabella (The Lion King) as voice of Pumbaa Neve Campbell (Scream) as voice of Kiara Jason Marsden (TV’s “G.I. Joe: Renegades”) as voice of Kova Andy Dick (TV’s “Community”) as voice of Nuka Robert Guillaume (TV’s “Benson”) as voice of Rafiki James Earl Jones (The Lion King) as voice of Mufasa Moira Kelly (The Lion King) as voice of Nala

Directors: Darrell Rooney (Mulan II) Rob LaDuca (Mickey’s Adventures in Wonderland)

Bonus Features:

  • Timon & Pumbaa’s Insectapedia (HD) - 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” (HD) - 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.

Rating: G in U.S. and G in Canada Bonus materials not rated. Feature Run Time: Approximately 81 minutes Suggested Retail Prices: 2-Disc Blu-ray (Blu-ray + DVD) = $39.99 U.S./$46.99 Canada 1-Disc DVD = $29.99 U.S./$35.99 Canada High Definition Digital = $39.99 U.S./$46.99 Canada Standard Definition Digital = $29.99 U.S./$35.99

Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray: 1.78: 1/1080p High Definition DVD: 1.78:1/Widescreen Sound: Blu-ray: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital DVD: 5.1 Dolby Digital English, French and Spanish Languages: English Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish