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Topic: "The Lion King" 2-D & 3-D Re-Released 9/16/11, In movie theaters, limited engagement< Next Oldest | Next Newest >
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Posted: Sep. 25, 2011, 4:34 pm Quote

Since Walt Disney Pictures and Walt Disney Feature Animation-related posts get so few responses or reactions on here, for those who visit from time to time-only, here's a little bit of news.

Disney re-released June 1994's "The Lion King" to movie theaters for a limited engagement September 16, 2001.  Other re-releases in this era of 3-D haven't gotten the buzz that TLK has.  

Remarkably, in just two weeks of re-release TLK has earned a whopping $61+ million bucks!  

In the US audiences are literally shying away from the 3-D gimmick.  They hate the glasses.  The effects are not very "wow".  It's expensive vs. regular 2-D movie tickets, and audiences who are budget conscious follow their wallets and pay for cheaper admission.

But for TLK, audiences are doing the opposite of this year's movie-going trends.  They are, in fact, buying tickets!

Here's a link to see how 2011's re-release of TLK is doing....

TLK first came to movie theaters June 1994, 17 years ago.  Those who were children back then are likely young adults today and even more likely young parents today.

And just like Walt Disney's own tradition, which was to periodically re-release past movies to introduce them to new audiences, young families are proud, apparently, to get out of the house and bring their own kids to movie theaters to see one of the Eisner-era 1990s great animated Disney classic movies.  And in 2-D but also 3-D.

Something else is going on.

In my following movies and Disney movies in the movie press online, there has been crying and wailing and gnashing of teeth that American audiences actively have been staying away from most movies this year, and particularly away from 3-D movies.  Aside from the 3-D gimmick, audiences see what these movies are about and go "Bleah...." or "Who cares?" or "That's the best you've got this weekend?"  Not impressed, bad or mediocre reviews, subject matter plus stars of it not exactly grabbing attention....

Then a truly excellent, well-known, family animated movie gets re-released, and wow!

Audiences sometimes you wonder what's in their minds when they give their hard-earned money to some movies out there.  But audiences are also no fools, and know a truly good movie when they see it, and apparently that truly good movie playing in theaters now is "The Lion King".  A seventeen year old movie.  That's apparently better than some other movies currently playing in 2011 made during 2010-2011.

Look for other studios to also re-release a few of their classic oldies but goodies....  At least it's income coming in.  Some are on movie calendars, look at any movie fan website for lists of coming attractions.

As Disney seeks to work with producer-director James Cameron to install an "Avatar"-themed "land" at Animal Kingdom in Florida, announced this past week, wouldn't it be far more "synergy" to do a land, instead, of Timon, Pumba, Simba, etc., based on a certifiable hit on both the sliver screen and Broadway stage?  Yes, there is a Lion King show at Animal Kingdom...... I'm talking "land", not a show!  Disney created TLK.... why not go in-house to continue to capitalize on it, rather than out-of-house to James Cameron?

If you want to see TLK in theaters, it's run may be very limited or ending this weekend or ending very very very soon....  Check your movie theater listings.
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