Thoughts on The Lion King in 3D

Ahead of its Blu-ray/Blu-ray 3D debut on October 4, The Lion King will once again roar into theaters beginning tomorrow for a two-week run in digital 3D.

A few weeks ago I caught a screening and came away with decidedly mixed feelings.

Some scenes are, as you can imagine, a thrill to watch with added dimension. But others—pun—fall flat. Many are stuck uncomfortably in the middle. Certain shots of the lions’ faces seemed to have a bizarre papercraft look.

So The Lion King didn’t make me into a fan of the 2-D to 3-D conversion process for traditionally animated films, which I had been very optimistic about. That said, pretty much anything that gets classic Disney films back on the big screen is a good thing.

But Disney’s resources would probably have been better spent on converting one of Pixar’s gems, like WALL-E or Finding Nemo, to 3-D. (Ratatouille 3-D is confirmed to be in the works.)

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About Mike Bastoli

Mike Bastoli has been blogging at The Disney Blog since 2009. Until 2011, he covered Pixar Animation Studios on his own website, The Pixar Blog, which became one of the most popular on the Web dedicated to Pixar news, the New York Times calling it the “definitive unofficial chronicler of the animation powerhouse". In 2011, Mike expanded his coverage to the entire world of feature animation, renaming his site Big Screen Animation. He retired Big Screen Animation in 2014 and is considering future writing opportunities. Besides Disney, Mike is an avid fan of Apple and The Beatles. He resides near Toronto.
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11 Responses to Thoughts on The Lion King in 3D

  1. Ali says:

    I want to go see it in 3D to see what the differences are because it seems to me that its rather difficult/pointless to turn a movie already created in 2D into 3D unless you include new scenes that allow you to mess around with the 3D effects. Regardless, I think its a great idea for Disney to be re releasing some of their movies. Today’s kids haven’t seen half of the Disney Classics I grew up with and its just sad. Re releasing oldies but goodies will be profitable and good PR. Bring back the “Disney Magic” !

    On a side note.. Of ALL the Pixar movies they decide to make Ratatouille in 3D? EPIC FAIL.
    Probably my least favorite Pixar movie.

  2. Annie Brown says:

    No way… Ratatouille is an awesome movie. One of Pixar’s best, for sure!

    I’m actually not a huge fan of 3D in general. Just going to see it because LK is my favorite DIsney movie by far, and I’ve seen it so many times it would be nice to see it differently.

    One question: Is it the original theatrical release, or did they leave in the scenes they added for the Special Edition DVD (Morning Report, specifically)?

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  6. Shon stewart says:

    im a big fan of the lion king. overall the 3d release is not worth the money. i have the dvd at home< and with a good surrouind sound system< you can get more sound out of the system then you can at the theatre. the movie overall looked about the same. They left out the morning report song. hope this helps

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  10. Ali says:

    Saw it today and I truly enjoyed it. True it’s the same film with little differences as far as 3D is concerned but it made me remember what a great movie it is. Just hearing little kids who are watching for the first time enjoying themselves made the $11.50 ticket worth it. Goes to show you animation isn’t what it used to be..I’m 21 and I haven’t seen the movie in forever but it made me feel a little nostalgic watching it. Couldn’t keep the smile off my face.

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