'The Lion King 3D': Is the 3-D worth it to see Simba on the big screen again?


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Ah, the circle of life. First a Disney film is released out unto the world to run and jump and play with its paying audience, then it grows up into a strapping VHS that disappears into the vault for years at a time, then a Broadway show, a straight-to-video sequel, an IMAX re-release, a DVD, a special edition DVD, and so on, until finally it is reborn as a 3-D re-re-release. It really is beautiful when you think about it.

The Lion King is one of the early examples of the classic films slated to get an ex post facto 3-D conversion, and quite a few more are on the stereoscopic horizon, including the Star Wars films, Top Gun, My Dinner With Andre, and more. So is it worth it? Having seen the new version, the 3-D doesn’t really change all that much. However, it also not nearly as distracting as some recent post-production 3-D  jobs, and other than muting the film’s brilliant color array a tad, the animated classic we know and love has come through the process unscathed. Personally, any chance to see the film back on the big screen, and for parents to be able to introduce it to their children, is all right by me. It’s this or The Smurfs, people.

The inevitable 3-D backlash has already been revving up for a while, and I’m sure some of the other conversions coming down the pike are aiming for a head-on collision with exasperated and headache-y audiences. Still, this should do pretty well, with families bringing in a whole new generation of viewers to enjoy the adventures of Kimba, er, I mean Simba. Plus, parents have the chance to tell their young ones that they can remember the days when times were really tough and people could only afford movies with two dimensions.

Yes, it’s a shameless cash-grab gimmick, but so are a lot of Hollywood movies. But most won’t have you singing “Hakuna Matata” on the way home. What about you guys? Are you going to watch The Lion King, or are you just waiting for Disney’s forthcoming Song of the South: 3-D Extravaganza!?

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  • Melissa in CA

    I’ll definitely go see The Lion King again in the theater, as it’s one of my favorites. But I’m not spending the extra $ for 3D. I’ll wait until I get the 3D blu-ray and watch it at home.

  • baned0n

    If we take my son to see it, we’ll be going to the 2d version.

  • Polly

    I’ve yet to see a 3-D movie in the theater that didn’t leave me feeling annoyed and ripped off. Granted, I don’t think I’m the target audience for 3-D. Most films I see in the theater wouldn’t get a 3-D treatment anyway.

    • Samantha

      Agreed. I’ve seen a few and they’re not worth it at all. I’m a bit pissed it’s not being in regular format as well.

      • kim in kentucky

        Our theatre is showing it in both 3-D and 2-D

  • Jonado

    I would go to see it even if 3D was not offered, its that good

    • HD

      I agree!

    • Lina

      I was a little annoyed that I was going to have to watch in 3D but was going to go anyway because I love the movie that much. But I was pleasantly surprised to see showings in 2D!!! :) So that’s what me and my daughter will be watching tonight.

  • zenduane

    See it! See it ! See it! Just got out of the theater. 3D makes Lion King sing like you have never seen it B4. The vistas are amazing.

    • Melissa in CA

      Good to know, I think I will see 3D then. Thanks!!

  • melissa

    I was lucky enough to watch the premeire of Lion King 3D at this year’s D23 Expo. It really is a must see! The birds in the opening scene alone make it worth the extra cash! The whole theater will be “ohhing” and “ahhing” aloud.

  • Mani

    So where would you go to see it?

    • Regina George

      Um, to a theater that plays 3D movies.

  • amber

    I will definatly go see the 3D movie. Its a classic that takes me back to my childhood everytime. It will never get old to me! Can’t wait!

  • Dan

    I never comment on any news articles….EVER. But I just gotta say, love the Simpsons reference, and yes, I will be going to see The Lion King in 3D

  • Lina

    We are definitely going to see it (in just a few hours, as a matter of fact)…but not in 3D. I am not a fan of 3D movies.

  • Stacie

    I think the 5 times I saw this movei when it originally came out should cover it.

  • Michael W

    Absolutely not. I saw it once when the kids were young enough to accompany them and I’ve seen only one 3-D movie – one I left with a magnificently debilitating headache, thank you – so why WOULD I go see a re-done oldie? Give up the 3-D emphasis, Hollywood. PLEAZE!!

  • I. Royal

    disney can diaf. their back-in-the-vault shenanigans and backing of incessant copyright extensions leave a real bad taste in my mouth. they can have my money when they start releasing their early works into the public domain.

    • ILoveSimba

      i agree… ive been looking everywhere to buy the disney classics on DVD and i cant find it nowhere!

      • Jackie

        amazon.com!! thats where i got my Lion King on DVD!

      • ruth

        you can also try disney.com they have a lot of the movies that have came out on dvd i plan to buy my movies there cause i cant find them in the store anymore

  • lioness

    Can’t wait to go.I watch that movie a zillion times. Still my favorite!!!love lil sunbathe:)movie came out when I was 7 .still can watch it anytime. Always crying when mufassa die$.very touching

  • AGS

    Lion king back in theaters definitely! If you are a 90’s child you have to go back to theater and relieve your childhood moments. Im taking my niece and nephew and let them experience what I did back then- but better 3-D. (Even though I already own the movie..hehe)

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