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The Lion King:

A classic turned 3-D

By Saunta Anderson
On September 28, 2011

Last Friday kicked off the two week limited theater release of

the Disney classic animation, The Lion King, now in 3-D. Originally premiering seventeen years ago, Disney remade the popular film with piercing scenery and a few pop-outs. Disney certainly revitalized the film's African savannahs by

making the animations three dimensional. While there was some initial trepidation about the quality of the 3-D used in the film seeing as The Lion King was not created to

be in 3-D, outside of some blurry scenes, it was executed rather well. Leaving the film, the only memorable 3-D feature was the incoming flight of king Mufasa's loyal Hornbill, Zazu, during the opening scenes, along with the

specially-made Lion King 3-D glasses. Yet, seeing the movie on the big screen was not a waste. The Lion King is a classic Disney animation and touches every popular

film genre. In the theatre, there were people of all ages, from parents and their children to twenty year-old couples.

There are still the same songs such as "I Just Can't Wait to be King" and "Hakuna Matata" to sing along to with Simba and his friends. A tear might slide down your cheek when Mufasa wanes away into the stampede as it did when

you saw The Lion King for the first time. Timon and Pumbaa's jokes are still laugh-out-loud worthy and

the graphics of the fighting scene at the end could only be described as intense for a G-rated movie. Why is this re-release so exciting? Because The Lion King was

put in the Disney Vault in 2005. A film is put in the Disney

Vault the production of the DVD is terminated until Disney decides to release it again at a later date. This October, the diamond edition high definition Blu-Ray and Blu-Ray 3D of The Lion King will be released.

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