The Lion King To Go 3D!


Don Hahn may not be a household name, but you’ll know the movies he’s produced: Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Beauty And The Beast and The Lion King, among many others. The animation legend was recently in London to visit pre-production on Tim Burton’s next movie, Frankenweenie, set to shoot soon at Three Mill Studios, so we grabbed some time with him to talk the forthcoming Beauty And The Beast Blu-ray (check the paper version of Empire soon for more on that). Along the way, he dropped a few tasty news-crumbs, which we of course scooped up in our dustpan of truth...


First, Hahn revealed that Beauty And The Beast isn’t the only Disney classic about to go 3D. A certain cartoon starring a warthog and a meerkat will be returning to cinemas too. “I’m actually trying to work out a 3D conversion of The Lion King. I’ll be doing that when I go back to the States in a couple of weeks,” he said, explaining that we shouldn’t expect to see it for a while yet, since the Disney boffins are taking their time in making Simba, Zazu et al pop out of the screen. “It’s going to be spectacular – we will do a good job for ya! The technology is tremendous. We did A Nightmare Before Christmas a few years ago and Tim thought it was better than the original because it allows you to walk onto the set.”


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