‘THE LION KING’ AND ‘JUNGLE BOOK’ DVD READ-ALONGS TAKE FAMILIES ON A...

‘THE LION KING’ AND ‘JUNGLE BOOK’ DVD READ-ALONGS TAKE FAMILIES ON A FUN AND EXCITING LEARNING EXPEDITION

Walt Disney Records To Release New DVD Read-Alongs on January 28th


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Burbank, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–January 28, 2003–Walt Disney Records continues to bring this special brand of family entertainment into homes with the release of The Lion King and Jungle Book DVD Read-Alongs. The latest in a highly-acclaimed series of DVD Read-Alongs, The Lion King and Jungle Book offer children and their parents hours of exciting special features that make learning to read fun and engaging. In the DVD Read-Along format, the two magical films provide an interactive experience for the whole family, complete with vocabulary lessons, sing-alongs and creative games.

The Lion King and Jungle Book DVD Read-Alongs roar to life in five different languages, enabling viewers to hear and read the story, songs and vocabulary in English, Spanish, French, Italian or German. Each brightly packaged disc now offers new levels of quality and interactivity with added special effects and words highlighted to follow the narrator and dialogue. The discs can be played on multiple platforms, ranging from the TV and the PC to the Playstation 2 and X-Box.

A hugely entertaining blend of music, fun and eye-popping interactive thrills, each DVD Read-Along is jam-packed with more than two hours of special features. Highlights include a multi-language option that allows viewers to toggle back and forth between the five languages, ensuring that children worldwide can experience the movie in their native tongue, while simultaneously being exposed to another language.

In addition, the traditional Disney story is on a DVD disc, enabling this learning experience to be shared by the whole family in the comfort of their living room. Other special features allow the viewer to watch original music videos, learn basic vocabulary words, play exciting video games and preview the hottest new releases from the wonderful world of Disney.

Walt Disney Records introduced the Read-Along concept more than four decades ago – first on vinyl, followed by cassettes, then CD and now DVD. Since its launch in August 2002, DVD Read-Alongs such as Toy Story 2, Tarzan, The Little Mermaid, Lilo & Stitch and Beauty & the Beast have sold more than one million units worldwide. The Monsters, Inc. DVD Read-Along was the first title to be honored with a Grammy® nomination in the Best Spoken Word Album for Children category.

Buena Vista Home Entertainment will distribute nine titles as of February 2003, including the highly anticipated Treasure Planet, scheduled for release on February 25. The Lion King and Jungle Book, set for release on January 28th at the suggested retail price of $14.98 each, can be found at music, video and toy retailers, along with drug chains and grocery stores nationwide.

“We’re proud to provide children with a creative and captivating introduction to the wonderful world of reading,” says Luigi-Theo Calabrese, President Walt Disney Records Worldwide and Disney Music Publishing. “The DVD Read-Along also offers entertainment for the entire family, allowing parents and kids to spend ever-important quality time together. It really is a fun and truly unique learning tool.”

Walt Disney Records Worldwide is part of The Buena Vista Music Group, the recorded music and music publishing arm of The Walt Disney Company.

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For more information, please contact:

CONTACT:

Maria Kleinman

Walt Disney Records Media Relations

(818) 973-4375

‘THE LION KING’ AND ‘JUNGLE BOOK’ DVD READ-ALONGS TAKE FAMILIES ON A FUN AND EXCITING LEARNING EXPEDITION