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

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May 26, 2011
Source: THR

The Lion King

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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  • Jedibilly
    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'?
  • Neuromancer
    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.
  • John
    Wow crappy animation and drawings in 3D. 
    • Ryupoi
      Wow total moron making a comment. If you think the Lion King is crappy you must hate all animation.
      • Mr. Otaku
         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.
    • Anonymous
      John: King of Trolls
  • Anonymous
    Correction: No Pixar movie gives The Lion King a run for its money. You take that back!
  • stfugtfo
    fuck you disney 1st seal team six and now lion king 3D??!!
  • Lebowski
    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.
  • Xerxexx
    I just got one question: Why? 
  • Chris A.
    Nightmare's 3D was lame and crappy though....
  • Towaway
    KIMBA: THE WHITE LION in 3-D...Thank you, Disney!
  • A_A
    3D… ruining moivies since 2007 or 2008?
  • Anonymous
    I'm just happy it's coming back to theaters. I never got to see it when it was released on the big screen.
    • Mr. Otaku
      Neither did I, even if they re-released it in 2D I would still go see it on the big screen.
  • why would anyone WANT to see Mufasa die in 3D?
    • Anna Hernando Ors
      absolutely agree. 
    • acidpop
      because it would break my heart, but make me so happy, too!
  • 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 :/

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