Congratulations to The Lion King for being the #1 movie in America! Wait, what? Oh, so I guess Disney re-released The Lion King with an updated 3D version this weekend and the 17-year-old (eek) cartoon took the #1 spot at the box office. This, indeed. SIMBAAAAAAA! I’m sure this is good news and that it in no way will work to reinforce the already entrenched Hollywood belief (and apparent reality) that there is no use putting money into new and risky ideas when you can simply just take old movies that have been on video for almost 20 years, put them into movie theaters, and still yoink 30 million dollars out of thin air. This definitely won’t add another layer of gloss to the perpetual motion machine of remakes and reboots and rehashes and reeverythings. “Huh,” Hollywood is probably saying to itself right now. “Would ya look at that! We can make 30 million dollars just by putting a crazy old movie back in theaters. Who would have thunk it. Well, time to get back to work coming up with brand new ideas in an attempt to create genuine art that is relevant and speaks to its time and place. We can’t just rest on our laurels and pump out endless streams of cynical, nostalgia-laden garbage in an attempt to weasel people into theaters based on their desire for the comfortable and familiar! Not now and not ever!” That’s Hollywood right there in a nutshell.

The Lion King has clearly still got it. And who could forget that incredible soundtrack:

“”Lion king” the song.Ray Sipe.Lady GaGa” still makes me all misty every time. (Thanks for the tip, werttrew.)

Comments (39)
  1. See, 3D is still alive and kicking! This proves 3D is a viable marketing strategy! – Hollywood

    Well, no, I don’t think it has anything to do with that. A lot of people just enjoy ‘The Lion King’. – Me

    Shut up! ‘Wrath of the Titans’ in 3D Summer 2012! – Hollywood

  2. I’m just gonna leave this right here.

    • “Wait, Disney didn’t come up with an original story?!” – Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderlohh you get the picture.

      • Big difference here was, when this movie originally came out, Disney promoted it as their first “completely original story”.

        Further reading:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimba_the_White_Lion#The_Lion_King_controversy

        • Oooooooooohhhh… I suppose that would be a problem then… *ahem*

        • Except the whole story is a retelling of Hamlet.

          • Were the vaguely ethnic hyenas in the original Hamlet, or in the improved Orson Scott Card version?

            Actually (he said retucking his shirt), The Lion King is less a retelling of Hamlet than a pastiche of Shakespearian archetypes thrown together in a Kiplingish Just-So-Story kind of setting. Simba’s character arc that takes him from youthful frivolity to a mature acceptance of responsibility mirrors that of Henry V. Scar, on the other hand, is Richard III right down to his lean frame not “shaped for sportive tricks” and plan to murder and screw his way to kingship. Timon and Pumbaa (especially Pumbaa) are more than a little Falstaffian, though they’re treated a bit more evenly than the fat, old drunk was. Nala’s quite the Shakespearean heroine herself too, showing the same sort of determination we see in Juliet, or Portia.

            And Rafiki was the monkey who had magic powers.
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  3. Guys, I think that this video may have been a coded message to Beyonce and Green Day, warning them that something is going down. Don’t ask me how I figured this out.

  4. I heard they were working on a 3D re-release of The Neverending Story, but for some reason test audiences reported the 3D effects getting very blurry during the scene with Artax in the Swamp of Sadness.

  5. Wait, wait wait. The Lion King is 17 years old?

    Fuuuuuuuuuuck.

  6. “The driver! The Driver, the Taxi driver. Who’s the taxi driver. The Taxi Driver! Drivin’ a cab. Cab around New York. Who’s in New York? The Taxi Driver. Who’s the driver. The taxi driver in New York City? The Taxi Driver. He’s crazy. He’s crazy. He’s Taxi Drivin’ – Ray Sipe.

  7. It’s good to be the king.

  8. Honestly, I have no problem seeing a great old movie winning at the box office over new garbage like Bucky Larson.

  9. I love The Lion King. I hope they re-release all of the classic Disney movies from my childhood because I’d much rather see those on the big screen than any of the “kid’s movies with hidden jokes for adults” that keep getting put out.

    • In the days before home video releases, this was a common practice. I remember seeing 101 Dalmations in theaters back in the ’80s as a wee lad. Big movies like Star Wars and ET would come back for theatrical runs every few years. VHS killed all that.

    • Like isn’t this the entire problem right here? That people actually have this attitude?

      “Don’t you dare make anything new! Give me the stuff you know I like and charge me a 13 dollars for it and then I will buy the blu-ray when it comes out next week (before it goes back in the vault!). Please just keep on doing that.”

  10. So I’m guessing that Disney is just going to re-release every movie they have in 3D now? That is an amazing business model. The board must ooohhh and aaaaahhh when the exec staff unveils their long range planning.

  11. I have no problem with Hollywood re-releasing children’s movies (good ones) and/or classics…I’d much rather see a re-release of a great movie that deserves to be seen by a broad audience again and again than to see a Hollywood REMAKE of a brilliant original. A lot of movies that I love that were made before I was born, I’ve never been able to see on a big screen…so I don’t think it is a horrible idea to re-screen films.

    But I do agree that this is bad if it in anyways discourages Hollywood from making NEW ideas.

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