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The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride - Special Edition [DVD]

Darrell Rooney , Rob La Duca    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Darrell Rooney, Rob La Duca
  • Producers: Jeannine Roussel
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Disney
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jun 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001XLYBK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,934 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

In this sequel to 'The Lion King', Simba's wilful daughter Kiara escapes her inept babysitters Timon and Pumbaa and goes in search of adventure. She wanders into the forbidden Outlands, where she encounters Kovu, a young cub who is following in the evil Scar's pawprints. However, Simba is forced to make difficult decisions when Kiara and Kovu fall in love.

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The Lion King 2 is the sequel to Disney's 1994 masterpiece. As with the Beauty and the Beast and Pocahontas sequels, most of the recognisable vocal talents return, creating a worthwhile successor to the highest-grossing animated film ever. We pick up the story as the lion king, Simba (voiced by Matthew Broderick), and Nala (Moira Kelly) have a new baby cub, a girl named Kiara (Neve Campbell). Like her father before, she seeks adventure and ends up outside the Pridelands, where lions loyal to the evil Scar (who died in the original) have lived with revenge in their hearts. The leader, Zira (a spunky turn from Suzanne Pleshette), schemes to use her son Kovu (Jason Marsden) to destroy Simba. As luck with have it, Kiara has bumped into Kovu and fallen in love.

This all sounds familiar since all of Disney's straight-to-video sequels have played it very safe, nearly repeating the originals' story, tone and pace. Perhaps there were too many cooks for this production. Besides the two screenplay credits, there are eight other writers credited for additional written material. The look of the film has none of the surprise of the original but is far superior to many other animated video releases.

For kids, the sequel will be a favourite. The comic antics of Timon (Nathan Lane) and Pumba (Ernie Sabella) are enjoyable, as is Andy Dick as Nuka, the mixed-up older son of Zira. And there's plenty of action. The best element is the music. Relying on more African-influenced music, the five songs featured are far superior to those in Disney's other sequels. Zira's song of revenge, "My Lullaby", was cowritten by Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon. The standout opening number, "He Lives in You", was created for the Lion King Broadway smash and now finds a whole new audience. --Doug Thomas, Amazon.com


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'sequel' is such a strong word.. 4 Oct 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Okay first things first; if you're looking for a repeat of The Lion King, you won't find it here. The Lion King 2 is a sequel in the best sense of the word. It takes the story and characters of the first film and builds on them without being too afraid to step in another direction.
The constant references to Scar and the, um, 'scars', he has left may indeed turn some people off. Personally I loved it. Kiera and Kovu are worthy successors to Simba and Nala. Here we have characters who cannot escape the past, but unlike the first film where Simba is trying to escape HIS past, they are trapped in the shadow of events before their time. They weren't a part of Scar's betrayal or downfall yet they still live with the consequences. Their struggle to be seen as individuals away from their heritage is a metaphor that easily applies to the film as a whole and I for one think it is wholly successful.
The film is altogether darker than the first, (Scar's vengeful mate is a pretty twisted figure), but it works perfectly in it's context as a sequel. You watch The Lion King when you're young and fall in love with the beautiful artwork and songs, then you watch The Lion King 2 when you are a bit older and appreciate for the first time just how complex the first film was to leave such a legacy, and hopefully see it in a new light.
Some people won't want to view an old favourite in a new light, and I must admit I didn't watch this film out of choice, but the new characters soon had me involved in a whole new way, the new songs, (especially the emotional, 'He's Not One of Us'), are never far from my tongue, and in moments of doubt Timon and Pumba are there to ease you along.
There are many Disney sequels and most are straight-to-video for a reason, but if you dismiss The Lion King 2 on those principles, you'll miss out on a real gem.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great sequel 2 Aug 2005
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I've loved the original Lion King film since I was a young girl and recently saw the sequel to it. I was expecting it to be a disappointment, but it wasn't at all. It wasn't as good as the first one as that would be impossible, but it was the nearest you can get to it. Most of the same characters return and the story follows Kiara, Simba's daughter and heir to the throne, who falls for Kovu, the lion picked to take scar's place and kill Simba. A great film, if you loved the first one you'll like this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I think this sequel is just as brilliant as the original Lion King.
It is a film I could watch over and over again,and another brilliant soundtrack to go with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a disappointment 23 Aug 2007
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Disney has done some pretty crappy sequels. But The Lion King II: Simba's Pride is not one of them. It's my personal favourite of the series, and I like it more than the third, and perhaps a tinsy bit more than the original.

The animation is almost like the original, and the soundtrack is really beautiful, especially the Song 'He Lives in You' at the start. Zira's 'My lullaby' is wonderful tribute to 'Be Prepared' from the first film. But one of the real highlights is 'Love Will Find a Way,' which I prefer to 'Can You Feel The Love Tonight.' The story is not as clichéd as in other sequels. It's no 'main character has a child who grows up to be a whiny and disrespectful teenager who runs away from home because they can't get what they want and so and so forth.' Yes Simba has a child, Kiara, but she has such a sweet and loving personality and she really does care for her father and her family.

The story is about Simba's daughter Kiara who just loves to explore. After managing to separate herself from Timon and Pumbaa (her babysitters) she accidentally bumps into Kovu, another cub. But unfortunately, Kovu is the son of the murderous Zira - leader of the Outsiders, who want to avenge Scar's death. Before the two can make friends, they are separated by their parents. Zira trains Kovu into becoming a teenage killer who's destiny is to kill Simba and take his place as King. But when Kiara meets him again, they soon start to fall in love. Then Kovu starts realise that he's being manipulated.

I won't spoil it for you, but it's a very dark but sweet story. Kiara and Kovu don't actually spend that much time as cubs, but the story is about them as teens, not cubs so I don't really care. I think that Disney just over-hyped it with cub merchandise.

But anyway, if you love the the original Lion King, you'll love this one too. Get the Special Edition DVD, because the picture quality has seriously been improved.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We are One :) 31 Aug 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I Just Purchased this movie The Lion King Simba's pride 2 and I thoughly enjoyed the movie,alot of fighting scenes between the lions,you could see also later in the movie that Kovo really loved Kiara and really changed from being manipulated as a baby cub by his Mother Zula to kill Simba.The songs are great especially the African music in it :) favourite songs are We are One,One of Us,Love Will find a way(this song made my eyes well up) you must get this film today as I thoughly recommend it.Enjoy the Movie as this is a must have for your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected! 5 Mar 2007
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I've always been reluctant of sequels especially the Disney ones. They've never sounded as good.

However we recieved this second hand and my sister decided to watch it..Out of interest once reading the case I decided to sit and watch through it and I was surprised to find it was not as bad as I thought it might.

I do love follow up stories, if they are done properly and this was done very well. An enjoyable follow up to the original and sounds better than the third and some of Disney's latest work. I love story by all accounts, which means it treads the same lines but the history and the consequences of that history is what makes it worthwhile, as is Timon and Pumba who are still as funny if not moreso.

The artwork from what I see is just as good as the original, which is nice considering that animation tends to not look as good nowadays and I enjoyed the music, although they are not as memorable as the originals they are not far off and for me some of these will be remembered.

The only downside to say is Rowan Atkinson didn't return as Zazu. I prefer his over this one but you can't have it all.
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