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Disney Announces Theatrical Release of 'The Lion King' in Digital 3D

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May 26, 2011
Source: THR

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Last summer we learned that Disney was already in the process of converting The Lion King to 3D for an eventual theatrical release. By this time, Beauty and the Beast was supposed to hit the big screen for a 3D re-release of its own, but that's been pushed back to who knows when. Now THR reports The Lion King will actually be the first of Disney's 3D re-release efforts with their sights set on a September 16th, 2011 release. This also comes hot the heels of the official news that Titanic would be hitting theaters in 3D on April 6th, 2012. Is this be the start of another trend in 3D that will just take more money from audiences?

Back when we first heard about the conversion, Disney producer Don Hahn said, "It's going to be spectacular – we will do a good job for ya! The technology is tremendous. We did A Nightmare Before Christmas a few years ago and Tim thought it was better than the original because it allows you to walk onto the set." Though it seems like another lame cash grab, Alex saw footage of The Beauty and the Beast 3D conversion at ShoWest and thought it looked amazing. Since The Lion King is my favorite Disney film of all-time (some Pixar titles might give it a run for its money), I'll be lining up to check this out later this year. How about you?

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Reader Feedback - 19 Comments

1

I'm really curious to see how they convert 2D animated into 3D conversion. I'll check it out but not sure if it'll impress me. It may look like 'viewmaster'?

Jedibilly on May 26, 2011

2

3D will be great once it'll be like a holodeck in Star Trek. Until then they should keep it out of the movie theaters.

Neuromancer on May 26, 2011

3

Wow crappy animation and drawings in 3D. 

John on May 26, 2011

4

Wow total moron making a comment. If you think the Lion King is crappy you must hate all animation.

Ryupoi on May 26, 2011

5

 The animation in The Lion King was definitely memorable for me, I think I still own the VHS somewhere...wow I sounded really old just now...The Lion King was also hand drawn animation if I'm not wrong right? If someone can tell me if I'm right or wrong would be nice so I can get my facts straight.

Mr. Otaku on Aug 5, 2011

6

John: King of Trolls

Anonymous on May 27, 2011

7

Correction: No Pixar movie gives The Lion King a run for its money. You take that back!

Anonymous on May 26, 2011

8

fuck you disney 1st seal team six and now lion king 3D??!!

stfugtfo on May 27, 2011

9

Too bad they backed of that trademark claim, they could have called it "The Lion King 3D: SEAL Team 6". It would probably do bigger business than Avatar.

Lebowski on May 27, 2011

10

I just got one question: Why? 

Xerxexx on May 27, 2011

11

Nightmare's 3D was lame and crappy though....

Chris A. on May 27, 2011

12

KIMBA: THE WHITE LION in 3-D...Thank you, Disney!

Towaway on May 27, 2011

13

3D… ruining moivies since 2007 or 2008?

A_A on May 27, 2011

14

I'm just happy it's coming back to theaters. I never got to see it when it was released on the big screen.

Anonymous on Jun 7, 2011

15

Neither did I, even if they re-released it in 2D I would still go see it on the big screen.

Mr. Otaku on Aug 5, 2011

16

why would anyone WANT to see Mufasa die in 3D?

Latrice T. on Aug 13, 2011

17

absolutely agree. 

Anna Hernando Ors on Aug 23, 2011

18

because it would break my heart, but make me so happy, too!

acidpop on Sep 11, 2011

19

I would much rather see it in 2D. And I honestly think 3D is pushing a lot of viewers away. Including myself. I was very dissapointed to hear it was in 3D. I may change my mind about going to see it, if there is not an alternate 2D version :/

Courtney Elaine McKenzie on Sep 14, 2011

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