The Lion King was released on VHS on March 3, 1995, with the first copies produced in December 1994. It sold more than 20 million copies nationwide in just under one week, making its consumer sales record even greater than the combined one-day consumer sales of Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It went back into the Disney Vault on April 30, 1996.
There was also a Deluxe Video Edition, which was more expensive than the original VHS itself. The Deluxe Video Edition also includes a second VHS, which only holds the documentary "The Making of the Lion King", which aired on the Disney Channel from June 16, 1994 (about a week before the film itself came out in theaters) through September 1996, days after the film first aired on the Disney Channel.
From the magnificent musical opening over breathtaking African vistas to its rip-roaring, emotionally charged climax, The Lion King reigns supreme as animation's greatest crowning achievement. Set amid the majestic beauty of the Serengeti, Disney's epic coming of age saga tells of the love between a proud lion ruler, Mufasa, and his son Simba -- a naive and curious cub who "just can't wait to be king." Out from the shadows prowl Simba's envious Uncle Scar and his hyena henchmen. Their scheming for the throne leads to tragedy... and Simba's exile from the kingdom he should rightfully rule. Befriended by the warmhearted warthog pumbaa and his manic meerkat companion, Timon, Simba forgets his regal responsibilities and adopts the carefree lifestyle of "Hakuna Matata." But can Rafiki, a wise mystic baboon, help Simba reclaim his true destiny in the "circle of life"?
With a #1 hit soundtrack featuring songs by Elton John and Academy Award winning lyricist Tim Rice, and score by Hans Zimmer -- and the greatest cast of voice-over stars ever assembled -- The Lion King triumphs with animation described by the New York Daily News as "no less than perfection...stunning!
|1||Green warning screens (1991-1997)||September 7, 1991|
|2||Promo for Walt Disney World||March 3, 1995|
|3||Sneak peek at Pocahontas||June 24, 1994|
|4||"Coming Soon to Videocassette" (1992-1999)||March 3, 1995|
|5||Video preview for Cinderella||March 3, 1995|
|6||Video preview for Angels in the Outfield||March 3, 1995|
|7||Video preview for The Aristocats||March 3, 1995|
|8||"Feature Presentation" (1992-1999)||April 10, 1992|
|9||Full Screen Format Disclaimer (1994-2000)||January 22, 1994|
|10||The Lion King||June 24, 1994|
The earliest copies does not have the previews for Cinderella and The Aristocats, and a different sneak peek at Pocahontas and a different preview of Angels in the Outfield was seen on copies distributed since April 1995, the middle copies has a different preview of Cinderella, But the Angels in the Outfield preview is still different, and it does have a preview for The Aristocats. But the semi-later copies the Angels in the Outfield preview is another different.
|1||Green warning screens||June 22, 1994|
|2||Disney en Español logo||September 13, 1995|
|3||Preview for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs||September 13, 1995|
|4||Preview for Aladdin||September 13, 1995|
|5||Feature Presentation (in Spanish)||September 13, 1995|
|6||Full Screen Format Disclaimer (1994-2000)||June 22, 1994|
|7||The Lion King (Spanish dub)||July 7, 1994|
In Other Countries
|Country of origin||Release date|
|South Korea||May 2, 1995|
|Japan||July 28, 1995|
|September 13, 1995|
|United Kingdom||September 18, 1995|
|Australia||October 5, 1995|
|France||October 20, 1995|
In Japan, this video was the last to use the 1986 Walt Disney Home Video logo, while in all other countries except North America, they had the then-current Disney Videos logo instead.
- http://www.disney.com/DisneyVideos/masterpiece/shelves/thelionking (1997-1999)
- http://disney.go.com/DisneyVideos/masterpiece/shelves/thelionking (1999-2001)
- VHS (Amazon.com)
- VHS; Deluxe Collector's Edition (Amazon.com)
- VHS; Spanish language edition (Amazon.com)
- VHS (Amazon.co.uk)