Lion King 3D!

Image shamelessly stolen from Cartoon Brew.

A bit of a cheat today, since I spent a good portion of my lunch break researching the listeria outbreak from cow poo on cantaloupe.  (That will more than likely be tomorrow’s topic because it really burns me up!)

That being said, Saturday I took the kids to see The Lion King in 3D! My kids sat through (nearly) the entire thing – with glasses on! If it wasn’t for a very stinky diaper around the time that Rafiki realizes Simba is still alive, we probably would have made it completely through.

Below, I’m pasting my comment that I posted on Cartoon Brew’s “Lion King 3D Talkback“. You’ll noticed I fudged the fact that we had to get up toward the end. I felt that took away from the sentiment I was trying to convey. I’m allowed artistic license when discussing my life online, right?

I just got out of the theater, and felt compelled to chime in here. I am not in the animation biz, but consider myself an animation enthusiast. It truly warms my heart that I had this opportunity to take my kids to see a film that has meant so much to me. I think I was 15 when I first saw it with a group of friends at the theater. I remember being absolutely blown away. I had been going through a ‘I should leave this Disney stuff behind so I can grow up’ phase in my life. Lion King completely cured me of that. I’ve stayed enthusiastic ever since, and I truly missed seeing drawings come to life on the big screen. As some others have voiced here, I hope that this “cash grab” by Disney helps them realize that there truly is still a market for good traditional animation.
As for the 3D treatment: it did bother me that everything was slightly muted, though I wouldn’t go so far as to call it dark or gray. It was missing the vibrancy that I remember. That being said, I truly enjoyed flying with Zazu, being trapped in the wildebeest stampede with Simba, and thrilling as Scar lept through the flames right at me in the end battle scene! I’d be doing a disservice if I did not mention the more subtle effects like the rain! Or the dust that is still floating in the air as Simba approaches Mufasa’s still body. These things drew me in.
The debris that wafts from Simba to Rafiki was somehow jarring and weird, and some of the faster action appeared jerky.
But wow, I had a smile on my face the entire time. The same film that reignited a passion so long ago did the trick again for an increasingly cynical grown man. And yes, I was one of those parents that brought a crying kid with me. But once the film started, he was hooked too. And so was his five year old sister. In fact, I’ve taken them to a couple of 3D CGI films, and this was the first time they both kept their glasses on!
Thank you so much to those of you who worked on the original classic and the 3D edition. Your hard work has not gone unnoticed.



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