Disney reveals concept art ahead of Lion King 3D release

Walt Disney Studios has released rarely seen concept art to celebrate the upcoming 3D release of the classic film The Lion King, which hits 3D theaters screens this Friday, September 16th.

An unforgettable story, breathtaking animation, beloved characters and award-winning music sets the stage for The Lion King, the Walt Disney classic that follows 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 warmhearted warthog pal, Pumbaa. Adopting their carefree lifestyle of “Hakuna Matata,” Simba ignores his real responsibilities until he realizes his destiny and returns to the Pride Lands to claim his place in the “Circle of Life.” The all-star vocal talents include 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 messages of courage, loyalty and hope, making it a timeless tale for all ages.

The Lion King is produced by Don Hahn and directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff from a script by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts and Linda Woolverton.

Check out the Lion King concept art gallery below.

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