Lion King 1 1/2 Tops 2004 Sales

Disney’s direct-to-video follow-up, The Lion King 1 1/2, has sold six million DVD and VHS units in North America since its release on Feb. 10, making it the best-selling home video title so far this year.

“These record-breaking sales solidify the widespread adoption of DVD in the family arena,” says Bob Chapek, president of Buena Vista Home Entertainment. “As Disney continues to lead the way in this genre, it’s no wonder The Lion King 1 1/2 has become a benchmark in the growing phenomenon of family DVD.”

Produced by George Mendoza and directed by Bradley Raymond, The Lion King 1 1/2 takes a comedic and musical look at the original Lion King story from the perspective of Timon and Pumbaa, the warthog/meerkat duo who provided the first film’s comic relief. Nathan Lane reprises the role of Timon and Ernie Sabella is back as Pumbaa. Julie Kavner, best know for providing the voice of Marge Simpson, takes a turn as Timon’s Mom, and Jerry Stiller from TV’s Seinfeld and Teacher’s Pet voices outrageous Uncle Max. The film also features return performances form Matthew Broderick (Simba), Robert Guillaume (Rafiki) Moira Kelly (Nala), Whoopi Goldberg (Shenzi) and Cheech Marin (Banzai).

The Buena Vista Home Entertainment release is available on DVD for the list price of $29.99 and VHS for $24.99.