Pippins and King Pippens have become household names around the world since their inception in 1997, when Walt Disney Animation Studios announced the movie was based on a storybook.
While Disney had already made an initial attempt to adapt the classic animated classic, “The Lion Emperor,” for home video and DVD, they were unsuccessful, and the movie ultimately became the inspiration for “The Power Of Pippen,” a new Disney-penned musical about a boy and his lion-themed adventures.
“The Lions of Pips” were a group of young lions, played by actors Tim Meadows and Bill Puffer, that lived in the fictional kingdom of Pompano Beach.
The movie’s title refers to the lions’ iconic ability to leap tall buildings and break through walls, and was inspired by the song “The Magic of the Lion.”
“The lion of Pippi,” as it’s known, would have been a familiar presence to most children as the iconic mascot for the Disney theme parks.
“We’ve got a bunch of young kids who come to our shows,” Disney Studios President Dave Hollis told Entertainment Weekly in 2013.
“And they go, ‘Pippi, you look like the lion.
Why are you the lion?
Why did you get to be the lion?’
And I’m like, ‘Well, because you’re the most famous character in Disney history.’
And they’re like, [laughing].
So we wanted to do something different.”
To that end, Disney enlisted actor/musician Tom Kenny to direct a live-action film based on the storybook, “the most famous song in all of pop culture.”
“Lions in Pippi” was released in 2013 to critical acclaim and was met with critical acclaim as well.
The song “King Pipp” and the lion “Pippi” made a cameo appearance in “The Princess and the Frog” animated film, while a young Pippinian, a male lion named Pippy, played a supporting role in the “A Bug’s Life” animated series.
In 2017, “King,” a Disney-themed musical, was announced to be a theatrical release.
“King” is based on “The Pippings” animated children’s book series, which follows Pipp, the youngest of three brothers and one of the most prominent members of the Pippín family.
Pipp in “King’s Pippi” and Pippi in “Pippi’s Pippi’s Pipsi” are shown to be brothers in the book series.
The storybook “King and Pipp’s Pizzas” was first published in 1966 and is considered to be one of Disney’s earliest and best-known children’s books.
The book’s title, “Pizzas for King Pippi, Pippi and Pizzo,” was derived from Pippino’s first name, Pizz.
The original version of the book had Pippi be the eldest son, Pippa.
“Our intention with King and Pipsis Pizzes for King is to give you an idea of who Pippi is in the story,” Hollis said in a press release announcing the movie.
“Pips is a very quiet kid, a little bit of a dandy, but he’s got a big heart and he’s going to do anything for anybody.
The Pippis don’t just love to take care of themselves, they love to do things for others.
So, he’s not always a bad boy.
He’ll do anything.”
The film is scheduled for release in 2019.
The Lion King and King’s Pippy stars Timothy Meadows and Puffer as two brothers.
Pippi plays the older brother, while Pippo plays the younger brother.
“Lion King” stars Michael Cera, who will play King Pippy.
“I’ve got to tell you, it’s really exciting,” Meadows told Entertainment Week in 2017.
“It’s so exciting to be playing a character like Pipp.
It’s so fun to see the world around me, and I just love it.
I mean, it really feels like we’re playing a different person in the film.”