To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of one of the greatest animated films of all time, Walt Disney Studios is going to re-release “The Lion King” in cinemas in the United States for a limited period from July 12th 2024.

This classic movie tells the story of Simba, a feisty lion cub who “just can’t wait to be king.” Led astray by his ambitious Uncle Scar, Simba adopts a carefree lifestyle with his hilarious companions, Timon and Pumbaa, and forgets his regal responsibilities. But destiny calls and he must decide when the time is right to return to the Pride Lands and reclaim his place in the “Circle of Life.”

“The Lion King” was a huge success when it was originally released, pulling in over $763 million at the box office and it’s already pulled in over $200 million in re-releases over the past thirty years. It was so successful, it’s spawned animated remakes, a live-action remake and one of the most successful live shows ever.

Last year, Disney re-released many of its classic animated films in cinemas to celebrate the 100th anniversary, which included “The Lion King”.   Plus, it has also re-released the Pixar films, which were released directly onto Disney+ during the pandemic.

You can also watch “The Lion King” on Disney+ right now, along with its sequels and live-action remake.

Roger’s Take: With the upcoming release of “Mufusa” in cinemas at Christmas, re-releasing the original film is a nice little boost to remind fans about the franchise, but also, with a light summer of new releases, getting some additional revenue from this re-release is a nice bonus. It’s important to note however that re-releases generally don’t bring in a huge box office boost, so it’s unlikely to be a huge box office juggernaut this July, but if you’ve never seen the original on the big screen, this is a good opportunity.

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Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom. Email: Twitter: Facebook:

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