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Opened in Theaters: Wednesday, December 25th, 2002

Directed by Roger Allers
Rob Minkoff

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The Lion King
The heroic coming-of-age story of a young lion cub named Simba, from childhood to adulthood. A Disney classic brought to the big IMAX screen for the first time.  View more >

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Starring James Earl Jones, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Matthew Broderick...  View more >

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[--- Good ---]by Scott Jentsch VIP MemberJan 5, 2003

It had been quite some time since I had seen this popular Disney film, and seeing it on the really big IMAX screen was as much a reminder of how good the story is as anything.

If you're a fan of Disney animation at all, you're familiar with the story of Simba, the young lion destined to inherit the leadership of the animal kingdom.

Even though the animation is very flat compared to current standards set by recent films like "Shrek," this film serves as a reminder that Disney made its mark by giving us a great story first and supporting that story with music and skilled animation. Somewhere along the line, the latter two have consumed the first, and that's a shame. Disney is also feeling the pain of that departure, so "The Lion King" reappearing on the big screen will hopefully remind the mouse-house that pristinely-rendered 3-D animation is not necessary to tell a great story.

That said, I'm not sure if seeing this film on an IMAX screen will really add to the experience. If you've never seen it on anything besides VHS, you do owe it to yourself to see what a better image and great sound the film has to offer! However, the stampede scene is really in your face and loud, and may scare the younger ones.

I think putting "The Lion King" on the IMAX screen is a nice marketing gimmick for IMAX, but a wide (and standard sized) theatrical release would have been just as enjoyable and would have reached far more people. 




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