“New” and “Improved,” by Jack Fleischer

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  1. JT says:

    I caught a screening myself and echo your sentiments about the 3-D technology. Disney put more effort into creating depth than I expected, but the overall I found the technology distracting. At times I found the original rendering adds quite a bit of depth seamlessly.

    I will say, one of the scenes I was looking forward to and was not disappointed by was the stampede scene. My understanding is the impressive waterfall of Wildebeest was originally CGI, unlike the traditional flat cel animation of the rest of the film. The technology there was definitely more true to the eye, heightening the tension of the moment without taking you out of the story.

    There were definitely other weird things going on – in a lot of the transitions or sweeping shots it looked like they used pan and scan to add even more depth to the space. I feel like they messed with the resolution of the original artwork and it was really distracting.

    Watching numbers like “I Just Can’t Wait to be King,” really made me realize how much work went into storyboarding the first time around. Dynamic camera movements, the way the characters move through the space… All the great skeletal structure is there to render it in 3-D.

    All-in-all, I think it’s worth a watch to experience “Lion King” in the theater again, but definitely not worth replacing the DVD at home as the definitive incarnation of the film.

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