Lion King 3D was a Great Experience

My daughter and I were lucky enough to attend a preview showing of The Lion King 3D. I was extremely excited to hear that this movie was being released in 3D. So many of the scenes seemed to lend themselves to 3D.

I loved this movie when it came out. Part of what I loved about it was the music. The summer the movie was released I was at the Elton John/Billy Joel Face to Face Concert and heard the songs live. In addition, after two major releases of Princess movies (Tangled and Princess and the Frog) it is nice to have a movie with a male main character.

I was not disappointed with the movie. I think it was a wonderful choice of a movie to convert to 3D. The 3D did add a wonderful depth to certain scenes and was not distracting at other points. Many scenes lent themselves to the depth of 3D especially the gathering of the herds at the start of the movie and the “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” segment.

This was the first time my daughter has seen The Lion King and I am glad that she was able to see it on the big screen. When I was young, movies were re-released more often since people did not have video players in their homes. (I think I was 8 when we got our first VCR, a Betamax). There is just something special about seeing a movie on the big screen instead of on a television at home.

My daughter was somewhat familiar with the characters and movie as she had seen clips in previews and on Disney Sing Along DVDs. I could tell that she enjoyed the movie because she never got restless. Usually in a movie she is asking to sit in my lap, if the movie is over yet, etc. She said the movie was silly. When I asked “Did you like it?”, she looked at me as if to say didn’t I just say that when I said silly. I guess comedies are her favorite. She said she would definitely recommend the movie to other kids. Her favorite character was the female lion, Nala. She liked when the lions fought back against the hyenas and thought the part in the elephant graveyard was scary, but not too scary.


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The Lion King 3D opens today in theaters for a limited two week release. Locally it is playing at Rave Motion Pictures and Quality 16. Both theaters are also showing the film in 2D but with limited show times. Rave Motion Pictures has also launched a new $6 early matinee ($3 upcharge for 3D), but The Lion King is only playing in 2D during the early matinee pricing.

On October 4, 2011 the movie will be re-released from the Disney Vault. There will be 3 versions of the DVD available: DVD, 2 Disc BluRay and DVD, and 4 Disc Blu-Ray 3D, Blu Ray, DVD, and Digital Copy. My daughter is trying to convince me that we need the movie on BluRay and Digital copy even though we already have the DVD from the last release.

Disclaimer: My daughter and I were attended a free preview screening of Lion King 3D so that we could review it on this blog. All opinions are 100% my own (and my daughter’s) and are not influenced by any compensation. I am an Amazon Associate and sales through links to Amazon are compensated.

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