The nostalgia is never-ending with Disney’s decision to bring back to the big screen arguably one of its biggest movies ever, The Lion King, in both 2D and 3D.
The success of this rerelease was pretty unexpected, seeing as the movie had already been out on VHS and DVD for almost two decades. This rerelease has been at the top of the box office, beating out the weak competition Contagion, Drive, and I Don’t Know How She Does It. Its two-week run has even been extended another week because of this crazy success.
It seems a tad outrageous to pay for a movie ticket to see The Lion King: 3D when you can almost buy the DVD for that same price. The actual 3D effects are minimal, but Disney has successfully pulled at our heartstrings and gotten the better of our nostalgia. Many of us can remember seeing The Lion King in theaters as toddlers, back in 1994 when it first came out. I still have the plastic popcorn tub from when I went…embarrassing I know. Now we’re back watching it as adults, just taking part in the circle of life.
But seriously The Lion King is just such a classic. The story appeals to people of all ages, races, and genders. The songs are all amazing and you really can’t help but sing along. Of course it would be successful.
Disney has already decided to rerelease some of its other classics in theaters in 3D:
Is it worth it to spend over $10 to watch these movies that you could rent for next to nothing? OF COURSE. Movies are made to be seen in a theater — this is an opportunity to see the film on a movie screen where it truly belongs, as opposed to on a computer screen on Netflix or on a television, no matter the size. You’re also paying to relive a time in your childhood that you will never get back. Except for the choice to rerelease Monsters, Inc is a little strange to me. What about Cinderella? Lady and the Tramp? Or the completely underrated Oliver & Company? But whatever, Disney definitely knows what they are doing. Until then, I’m extremely happy I got to see The Lion King in 3D. I laughed, I sang, I cried. It was worth every penny.
Hakuna Matata. ~Isabella