Sunday, October 7, 2007
On October 7 2003, Disney DVD released The Lion King as a Platinum Edition DVD. The 2 Disc DVD set was also released as a special Collector's DVD Gift Set that included a DVD Companion Book. The Lion King Special Edition: The Journey (pictured) was written by yours truly (with the retelling of the Lion King narrative by Disney historian Christopher Finch). In this special book I relate the behind-the-scenes story of the creation of the film, from development and story to music and animation to the addition of the newly animated "Morning Report" to the film especially for the DVD. (I also wrote the DisneyPedia-like bonus documentary about the real Lion King animals featured on Disc 2.) I don't know how many of the millions who obtained the bestselling Lion King DVD sought out the Gift Set but if you'd like to read the book, the Collectors Set can still be found online, at Amazon.com, for example.