what are your favorite cartoons? Sept 27, 2011 21:13:03 GMT -5
Post by mickeygubitosifan on Sept 27, 2011 21:13:03 GMT -5
I sometimes get the idea that when the studio converts these classic animated films to 3-D for a repeat run on the silver screen, it's because they think they have to make up for some inherent visual deficiency in the traditional animation technique (as opposed to computer animation). I've always preferred hand-drawn cell animation, though, and I think that it's well worth the extra work and expense. Nonetheless, I was just happy to see The Lion King back on the big screen again.
It was the very first movie I ever saw in the movie theater (I was 3). Actually, (this story is a bit off topic) I work at a daycare, and when a little girl left with her mom, she was excited because she was going to get to see the Lion King in theaters tonight. The girl's mother said it was going to be her first movie at the theaters, and I actually thought this was really, really cool how young kids today get the chance to see TLK in theaters in 2011.
I know what you mean. Part of the joy of the theater experience is in watching the film alongside other people who may be seeing it for the very first time, an event that most of them will never forget. I, myself, still vividly recall watching Disney's Snow White when it was brought back to theaters for a special anniversary reengagement some years ago, and how terrifying the wicked queen was on the giant screen and in full surround sound.
I hope Disney re-releases more movies for the big screen in the future; The Lion King apparently did well at the box office, and I'm sure if they put out something like Aladdin (which is a movie suitable for girls AND boys... it's not as princess-y as some other Disney films), it would do pretty well.
I'm hoping for this, as well. I'd love to see Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame be brought back to theaters. Quasimodo leaping from the bell towers above the awe-inspiring French cityscape, singing the grand song "Out There". I've long seen The Hunchback of Notre Dame as one of Disney's three greatest animated films, with emotional potency and depth of story to rival even The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. I would also love to see Disney's Pocahontas return for another run in theaters.
Oh... and the end scene, when it's raining and Simba slowly walks up Pride Rock, and Mufasa's voice says, "Remember." That scene was amazing on the big screen and sound... I've seen The Lion King well over twenty times in my life and I've never felt so emotional toward it. It gave me goosebumps (as did the Circle of Life part at the beginning).
Oh yes, I know exactly what you mean. The Lion King is an emotional film the first time one sees it, and that connection only deepens and intensifies with familiarity and time. Simba's final ascendancy on Pride Rock to take his place as king is a moment that resonates with extraordinary power, and I think it's because the happy ending was earned by the characters at such great personal cost. Though Scar has at last been defeated, there's still no bringing back Mufasa, no replacing the years that Simba lost with his family; and so the happiness that they've earned as Simba triumphantly strides up Pride Rock carries a sharp poignancy along with it. This is no cheap happy ending, and so it means all the more to us.