Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Lion King 3D

The kids and I went to see The Lion King in 3D (I was the one who most wanted to see it, hee). We lost our DVD somehow when we moved, so we haven't seen it in a couple of years, and the youngest doesn't remember it at all. It was very enjoyable. Still a great movie!

The 3D did have a somewhat spotty feel-- the pretty watercolor backgrounds had no real feeling of depth, and some scenes seemed more 3D than others. ("I Just Can't Wait to Be King" was one of the best parts, because its fairly simple, cartoony animation translated well into 3D.) Also, some of the faces and bodies were slightly distorted by the 3D effect. In particular, Mufasa's face looked oddly bloated. Most bright red (the sunsets, the fire) had a peculiar retina-burning effect that didn't look quite right. And finally, I thought the rain at the climax of the movie was too in-your-face-3D and obscured what was happening, but the kids liked it and thought it was well done.

Overall, though, it was a terrific experience.


  1. I took my daughter and her friend to see it Friday. She's 11 and what's strange is it doesn't seem all that long ago that I took her brothers to see it when they were 8 and 6 when it came out in 1994. I'm feeling old! lol. Anyway, the story is the same, but yeah, some of the 3D effects felt layered on top of the movie, and like they were waving a flag saying, "Look at me! I'm 3D!"

    I saw How to Train a Dragon in 3D last year, and the difference between a movie intended to be 3d from the beginning and one retro-fitted is noticable. HtTaD is incredible. The flying scenes with the dragon amongst the clouds were just amazing!

    For what it's worth, The Lion King is still enjoyable, just not mind-blowing as a 3D movie. My dd and her friend enjoyed it and that's what mattered to me.

  2. I agree, Mary; watching a retrofitted 3D movie really isn't the same. I love all the original 3D movies I've seen. With this one, I felt like I was picking at it because sometimes the effect was good and sometimes it wasn't. But maybe it's just that I've seen "Lion King" too many times in the 2D version:-).