( Busa Simba Iyo!Collapse )
But when I first got the news of TLK's 3D rerelease (back in May during the American Idol finale, of all places...) I freaked the freak out. Why? Well 3D or no 3D, there's something wonderful about seeing Disney classics on the big screen; that's what they were made for (I had similar excitement when The Nightmare Before Christmas got its 3D rerelease as well). Watching my much-loved TLK DVD on my home theater setup is very nice, but there's nothing quite like the whole moviegoing experience, you know?
So after months of anticipation I saw TLK 3D on its opening night Friday, and here's what I have to say:
First, the film's version appears to be the 2002 IMAX release, with enhanced special effects, redrawn crocodiles in IJCWTBK, etc. Happily, the "Morning Report" song from the DVD version was not present. The only new change was the addition of the new Walt Disney Pictures/Walt Disney Animation Studios logos at the start of the film and after the credits.
In some shots there appeared to be additional foliage/rocks added into the scene for the sake of 3D multiplane effects, but I'm not certain. As for the 3D itself, it was suprisingly well done; some effects like Scar leaping through the flames in the final battle genuinely made me flinch.
What delighted me the most was that the audience was almost entirely composed of older teens and young adults, presumably there for a nostalgia trip. And though I've seen TLK many, many times in my life and know every word and every scene, the experience, in a strange way, reminded me of just how much I love the film, and why. When the credits rolled, everyone clapped and cheered like wild, and I couldn't stop myself from joining in. (I also couldn't resist singing along with the songs--even the "Busa" chant when Simba decides to return!--and humming along with certain bits of the background music :P)
In conclusion, if you love TLK, revisiting it on the big screen will prove to be a marvelous experience even if you share my views about 3D. But you'd better hop to it--it will be pulled from theaters on the 29th!
EDIT 9-26-11: Due to its excellent performance at the box office, Disney is considering extending TLK 3D's theatrical run.