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Friday, June 21, 2019

Recipe for Family? Mia and the White Lion (DVD review and giveaway)

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this DVD and giveaway copies, free of charge,from Shout Factory!, for review, and giveaway, purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own.

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Loooking for an AMAZING family film this Summer?

Mia and the White Lion dvd cover

 How about venturing across the world and into the wonder of Africa’s stunning landscapes and wildlife?

On July 2, 2019, Shout! Factory invites families and kids to embark on an inspiring and exciting live-action family movie adventure with MIA AND THE WHITE LION, arriving on two-disc Blu-ray + DVD combo pack and DVD. On the same day, this movie will also be available digitally to own and rent on Amazon.com. 

What makes this movie so special?

Because of HOW it was made!

French director, Gilles De Maistre, devised an amazing production that was filmed at the Welgedacht Reserve in South Africa. De Maistre chose to shoot throughout a three-year period so that the film’s young stars Daniah De Villiers, and Ryan Mac Lennon, could bond and develop real relationships with the lions, and other animals that appear in the film. HOW different is that? You can see where more of a documentary feel, will come from the movie before you even see it! Kevin Richardson, a lion expert also known as the “Lion Whisperer,” oversaw the entire production process and all interactions between the lions and the children ensuring the safety of the animals, cast and crew on set. 

Check out the Trailer


MIA AND THE WHITE LION is the heartfelt story of an extraordinary friendship between a young girl and a white lion, and her incredible adventure across the South African savanna to give her best friend a new home. Starring Daniah De Villiers (Zero is Not Nothing), Mélanie Laurent (Now You See Me, Beginners), Langley Kirkwood (Banshee, Black Sails), and Ryan Mac Lennan (Rumpelstiltskin), the film was directed by Gilles de Maistre (César Awards-nominated feature Le Premiere Cri) and written by Prune de Maistre and William Davies (How to Train Your Dragon). 

MIA AND THE WHITE LION centers on a willful young girl named Mia whose life is turned upside down when her family decides to leave London to manage a lion farm in South Africa. When a beautiful white lion, Charlie, is born, Mia finds happiness once again and develops a special bond with the growing cub. As Charlie grows to full size, Mia uncovers an upsetting secret kept hidden by her father. Distraught that Charlie could be in danger, Mia decides to rescue him. The two friends set out on an incredible journey across the South African savanna in search of a sanctuary where Charlie can live out his life in freedom. 

DVD Special Features:

• Interview With Director Gilles de Maistre 
• Interview With Actress Daniah De Villiers
• The Making Of Mia And The White Lion Featurette
• The Extraordinary Friendship Featurette
• Deleted Scenes
• Casting Footage
• Theatrical Trailer
• Still Gallery


This isn't your typical warm and fuzzy animal family film. Far from it in fact. Yes the white cub, Charlie, is too cute for words, and yes, we would all love to have him in our homes. But the issue of what to DO with him as an adult (let's face it PREDATOR), IS a major issue, that we would all gladly keep far far away from. The fact that Mia was kept out of the loop of the family business, and learns that the animals she has cared for, do not meet the lives she thinks they do when they leave her family's farm, seems a bit odd to our modern age kids. While everyone understands Mias outrage, as an adult we see what she might not as a child, that the farm provides a living for her family, and that setting all the animals loose, may not be the best solution. An ethical one yes, but financially? Even my 12 year old questioned if Misa would ahve really hurt her family that way. Getting Charlie free, she was 100% for, but she also questioned how well he would truly survive on his own. BUT having said that, the movie WILL illicit quite a few family discussions, and it is a very unique movie for kids to see issues that might actually occur closer to their own homes, than they realize!

mia and the white lion activity book


How about a kids's activity book based on the movie, for the younger kids?
Click HERE and print out the pages you want!

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THREE BTHM readers will get to win a copy of this wonderulf film for their families!

About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s entertainment offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast entertainment distribution network which delivers culturally relevant programming, movie and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America and across multiple platforms. Shout! Factory owns and operates Shout! Studios, Scream Factory, Shout! Factory Kids, Shout! Factory Films, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Timeless Media Group and Shout! Factory TV. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.

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