Movie Review: ‘The Lion King’ In 3D

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Back in June we learned that Disney was planning to re-release their animated classic film The Lion King in 3D this September and altho we are still a few weeks away from its release, I was lucky enough to attend an early screening of the film last night here in LA. The last time I saw The Lion King in a theater was over 10 years ago and the last time I saw it in 3D was on stage on Broadway. Needless to say, I was very excited to see the film last night. I am happy to report that all of the Disney magic is still intact … and the added 3D elements just make it all that much better. I loved it entirely.


I had forgotten how charming this film is. Truly, The Lion King is one of the greatest animation masterpieces made by Disney … or anyone else, for that matter. The story, the music — everything! It all still holds up very well all these years later. Now, as for the 3D … I’m not kidding when I say that the effect actually makes the film more enjoyable. Most of the 3D lets the audience look into the screen but there are elements that come out (especially in the opening number). To be honest, the 3D isn’t even the draw here … The Lion King is just so good, it could be re-released in regular 2D and still be just as fantastic. I had forgotten how great the vocal performances are. I had totally forgotten that Whoopi Goldberg played one of the evil hyenas. Whether you’re a fan of 3D or not you gotta take this opportunity to see The Lion King on the big screen again. The film opens on September 16 and will only play for 2 weeks. Don’t miss your chance to see it … trust me.

Tonight, I’m hoping to hang out with some friends to get the weekend started right. Have a great Friday … and a great Weekend, y’all!!

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  • Cupcake

    This is one of my favorite Disney movies & want to see it in 3D. Glad to hear you really enjoyed it!

  • Lauren

    I recently watched my 2D collectors edition DVD at home (babysitting) and the kids weren’t even interested, but I was. It’s such a great story — will always be a favorite. Next to the film that literally enthralled me as a child: Little Mermaid.

  • Ama

    This, along with ‘The fox in the hound’, is my favorite Disney movie. I didn’t even know it was being shown in 3D, hm I might need to check that out.

  • Dezden

    Great movie… I wouldn’t mind seeing it, but I’m a little scared of paying to see it… I watched my friend’s 3D TV and it sorta made me sick.

  • CMC

    3D makes me sick too. I hate it. I would however, totally go see it in 2D in a theater. 3D? No thanks!