What a trip! The Lion King 3D releases in theaters for an exclusive 2 week period starting September 16th. After that, the movie will be available on sale as a Blu-Ray DVD combo pack starting October 4th.
This behind the scenes trip to interview the animators and voice talent of the Lion King was stellar and a once in a lifetime experience. Plus, as you saw from my earlier posts, visiting LA for this suburban East Coast Mom is totally surreal, glam, and adds a ton of excitement to my daily life!
Here I am meeting the Niketa Calame, who at age 12 played the voice of baby Nala.
Chatting with animators Mark Henn and Tony Bancroft. Amazing as they gave us all our own original drawings of Simba and Puumba to take home with us. What a treasure! These guys were like a comedy act and drew so fast too!
Testing out the 3D version of the Lion King. Wow! For those with the high tech 3D Televisions, you will love this feature film on DVD at home. Incredible where technology today is taking us all – and in our own homes to boot!
A great explanation of why Disney made a stereo version of the Lion King. Cool talk from Robert Newman who led the conversion of the Lion King into a 3D Lion King flick.
We topped off our day with lessons in African Dance. Invigorating and fun! Disney couldn’t have done a more interesting or enthralling day of press interviews. I was in heaven the entire day and was crushed when it all ended.
Sadly, my red carpet walk for the premiere, never happened since my personal trip turned out to be even more of a total whirlwind given me needing to escape California a day early to return to the east coast before Hurricane Irene hit and paralyzed air travel for days.
I loved meeting and dining with the lovely Moira Kelly, who played the grown up voice of Nala in the Lion King, and is also known for her role in One Tree Hill among many other hit TV shows and movies.
I’ve never met such a grounded celebrity mom. She was incredible!
Missing seeing all the celebs at the premiere and the chance to go inside the El Capitan Theater was a big bummer, but getting home was crucial. Thank goodness I left when I did – as it was I caught the last flight to Philly from LA – although it was heartbreaking to miss the premiere I was able to hunker down with the kids and insure I was able to take care of the kids all week and take many photos of Kenzie’s 1st day of Kindergarten this week.
Disclosure: Thanks to Click Comm & Disney for covering my travel expenses to attend this amazing experience to preview the Lion King 3D in Los Angeles. As always all thoughts and opinions are my own.