Disney has announced that “The Lion King”, one of its most popular animation movies of all time, will be re-released in 3D later this year for a limited special run.
The Lion King, originally released in 1994, is scheduled to hit cinemas worldwide from Sept. 16.
Re-launching its animation classics in 3D have proved highly successful for Disney until now, with Toy Story and Toy Story 2 working out particularly well. Those two re-releases earned Disney $65 million, and also generated momentum for the release of the third installment of the Toy Story series last year.
However, critics have pointed out that this will be the first time Disney has attempted to apply the format to a previously hand-drawn animation. Yet Disney has bullishly driven ahead with the plans to apply the technique to the world renowned hit The Lion King. The popularity and levels of publicity provided by the worldwide hit stage musical version of the animation will only go to increasing that confidence that this re-release will be a sure hit.
Earlier this week The Christian Post reported how David Liu, the former Disney animator who worked on The Lion King, as well as other Disney classics such as “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin” and “Mulan,” gave up a dream job, as well as a six-figure salary, to devote his life to God.
In an interview with The Gospel Herald, Liu shared about his new, God-given dreams, which were no longer centered on winning an Oscar, but on doing the Kingdom’s work, despite financial obstacles and family disapproval.
“Fulfilling the will of God is more important than earning worldly wealth because the treasures on earth are temporary, but the treasures stored in heaven are for an eternity,” Liu stated.
He added: “When I worked in Disney, deep down in my heart, I was always discontent. At that time, I thought to myself, ‘Why is it that movies and artworks produced by Christian film are oftentimes made with low budgets or made in an unattractive manner?’”
“[I] asked God in my prayer and God told me that it is because good artists have given their best to the world.”
Desiring to offer his best to God instead, Liu decided to quit his job and dedicate himself to producing inspiring, character-based animated stories of faith.
“I hope to inspire young souls to experience life through faith,” he explained in a statement. “There is more to life than meets the eye.”
The inspiring full article describing David Liu’s journey can be found here: David Liu Article