The Lion King 3-D to bring a roaring finish to EIFF

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Edinburgh International Film Festival has today announced the latest addition to its 2011 programme by bringing Disney’s epic masterpiece, The Lion King, in stunning Disney Digital 3D, to the closing weekend of the Festival. The Pride of Disney will be screened at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre on Saturday 25 June at 2pm; tickets for this not to be missed premiere are on sale now at www.edfilmfest.org.uk or via the box office on 0131 228 2688.

 

For the first time, the jewel in Disney’s animated crown has been brought to life like never before and will debut to a new generation of fans, in dazzling 3D, at Edinburgh’s beautiful Festival Theatre, allowing the audience to enjoy this critically acclaimed and universally beloved classic like never before, ahead of its general release on 14th October.

 

An unforgettable story, breathtaking animation, beloved characters and award‐winning music set the stage for the adventures of Simba, the feisty lion cub who “just can’t wait to be king.” But his envious Uncle Scar has plans for his own ascent to the throne, and he forces Simba’s exile from the kingdom. Alone and adrift, Simba soon joins the escapades of a hilarious meerkat named Timon and his warm‐hearted warthog pal, Pumbaa. Adopting their carefree lifestyle of “Hakuna Matata,” Simba ignores his real responsibilities until he realises his destiny and returns to the Pride Lands to claim his place in the “Circle of Life.”

 

Featuring the all‐star vocal talents of Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Ernie Sabella, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Robert Guillaume, Cheech Marin and Moira Kelly, The Lion King is a rip‐roaring comedy with an uplifting message of courage, loyalty and hope; a timeless tale for all ages.

Daniel Frigo, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK & EMEA, commented: “We are delighted to be able to present The Lion King, in Disney Digital 3D, for the first time at this year’s Edinburgh Film Festival. This iconic Disney classic is an enduring story of friendship and family which has been brought to life as never before, immersing fans both old and new in to the epic setting of Pride Rock, bringing them face‐to‐ face with these beloved characters in a new and unique way”.

 

EIFF Director, James Mullighan added: “The Lion King is a favourite amongst children and adults alike and we’re thrilled to be premiering The Lion King in 3D at EIFF. This year’s focus has been to offer something for everyone and our closing weekend including the Kings of Leon and the Lion King certainly achieves that.”

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