Kids, thesps, execs crown Disney toon 'King'
Disney brought out a menagerie of real and costumed animals Friday night for its 10th-anni bash for “The Lion King” at El Capitan.
Projected digitally — “Just pretend you’re sitting on the couch,” said Michael Eisner, introducing the pic — the visually stunning “Lion King” drew applause from opening number “Circle of Life” to the end.
Elton John then launched into a performance of his Oscar-winning song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” and “Circle,” which he said “deserved the Oscar more than the last one.”
Revelers admired a patient giraffe and 3-month-old lion cub from Steve Martin’s Working Wildlife in the tented after-party.
Among the crowd: Disney’s Dick Cook and Robert Chapek; co-directors Rob Minkoff and Roger Allers; producer Don Hahn; pic’s Cheech Marin; Evan Saucedo, who performs newly added musical number “The Morning Report,” one of the DVD’s many bonuses; Hilary Duff, who also performs on the disc; composer Lebo M; and guests Blair Underwood, George Lopez, Heather Graham, Forest Whitaker and Beau Bridges, many with kids in tow.