The Lion King 3D

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The Lion King 3D

This dimensionally enhanced re-release of Disney’s family favourite has been sitting pretty at the top of the US box office for two weeks, which is either a searing indictment of modern mainstream cinema or a testament to how beloved ‘The Lion King’ has become in the heartlands – or both. It’s the same movie – young Simba’s Shakespearean journey from pampered boy prince to fatherless outcast to lord of the pride – only bulgier around the middle. Few of the 3D additions make much difference, give or take the odd water-splash or flapping flamingo wing, so anyone who loved or loathed the movie on its 1994 run is unlikely to revise their opinion. As before, the weak point is Elton John and Tim Rice’s drippily awful pseudo-world-music soundtrack – Rowan Atkinson’s rendition of ‘I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts’ remains the musical highpoint – but the script is still sharp, the story satisfyingly simplistic and the vocal work peerless. 

By: Tom Huddleston


Release details

Duration: 89 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff
Screenwriter: Irene Mecchi

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A test of whether you are human is if you cry during *THAT* scene, if you remain without a tear in your eye, you are either not human or a psychopath. Still a great movie, with beautiful visuals and songs.