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.)


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.