Saturday, September 24, 2011

The "3Dification" of hand drawn classics

So I recently saw Disney's The Lion King (which was previously referenced on this blog for "borrowing" certain ideas from Tezuka's Kimba the White Lion. I'll admit the resemblance is there) in theaters for the first time. It's a film I'm intensely familiar with, as I grew up with it on home video, but seeing it on the big screen for the first time was another experience entirely. Even if many elements are less than original, it's impossible to ignore the artistry that went into this film.

However, there was something different about the Lion King this time, and its something that I'm still personally divided on: the film was presented in stereoscopic 3D.

Don't get me wrong, the quality of the conversion was fantastic, everything looked great. Many of the shots in Lion King already contained a tremendous sense of depth and the 3D was able to bring that out even more. That being said, doesn't this all feel a bit revisionist?

The Lion King represents an important part of Disney's "renaissance" period and is a piece of film history. As great as the 3D looks, I feel like adding 3D in this case is pretty reminiscent of the colorization of classic Black and White films. While I was happy to see one of my favorite childhood films with such an incredible presentation, I'm inclined to say "let sleeping dogs lie" when it comes to the "3D conversion" of older films. What do you think?

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