Disney Marks ‘The Lion King”s 30th Anniversary With Exclusive ‘Mufasa’ Sneak Peek

Thirty years ago today, Disney’s animated epic ‘The Lion King’ made its grand debut in theatres, becoming the highest-grossing traditionally animated film of all time and cementing its place as a timeless classic for generations of fans. To mark the anniversary, Disney’s official X account has released a new video celebrating the film’s enduring legacy.

The video highlights the stunning animation of the 1994 classic, showcasing its vibrant landscapes and iconic characters that turned it into a global sensation. Alongside scenes from the original film, the video also delves into ‘The Lion King’’s impact as a multimedia franchise. Alongside ‘Frozen,’ it remains one of Disney’s most popular franchises, with numerous direct-to-video sequels, television spin-offs, and a significant presence in theme parks.

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Lion King 30th Anniversary
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The celebration continues with a sneak peek of the highly anticipated live-action prequel, ‘Mufasa: The Lion King,’ which employs the same photorealistic CGI as the 2019 film. This new movie will explore the origins of the King of Pride Rock and is set to premiere in theatres this winter, perfectly timed to coincide with the original film’s 30th anniversary.

Since its initial release in the summer of 1994, ‘The Lion King’  has enjoyed several theatrical re-issues, including a limited remastered IMAX release in 2002 and a 3D conversion in 2011, boosting its global earnings to $968.4 million. 

This summer, a new generation of fans will have the chance to experience this animated epic on the big screen once more. The film will be re-released on July 12, alongside new titles like ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ and ‘Longlegs,’ offering perfect family-friendly counter-programming.

Celebrate the lasting impact of the ’90s classic by watching Disney’s latest anniversary video, and catch ‘The Lion King’  in theaters. 

–Farheen Ali