The Lion King 3D at EIFF
Edinburgh International Film Festival is pleased to announce a late addition to the programme
Today we announce a late addition to the Festival programme with the addition of Disney’s modern ciassic, The Lion King. The premiere of the film in stunning Disney Digital 3D will be screened during the closing weekend of the Festival. Kicking off at 1.15pm on Saturday, there will also be some Disney fun withface painting, Disney’s Streetmosphere performers, competitions and more!
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. EIFF audiences will be the first to enjoy this critically acclaimed and universally beloved classic like never before ahead of its general release on 14 October 2011.
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 Edinburgh International Film Festival. 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.”
Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone on 0131 228 2688 or in person at Filmhouse and Festivalhouse@Teviot Box Offices.
Winners of EIFF 2014’s short film awards and two of its documentary premieres have been nominated for 2015 BAFTAs.