Full disclosure: This reviewer is a huge Disney fan, especially when it comes to their classic musicals.

Before going to see the film, this reviewer was irked at Disney. Releasing The Lion King in 3D was almost tantamount to a confession that they were incapable of making any more films that were of a Disney classics calibre.

Now let’s be straight here. The 3D in The Lion King 3D was wholly unnecessary. It just adds a subtle sense of depth to the images, which are completely spectacular in regular 2D. The only sequence that might have actually benefitted from the 3D was Scar’s ‘Be Prepared’, one of the more underappreciated songs in the Disney canon. Forever eclipsed by ‘I Just Can’t Wait to Be King’, ‘Hakuna Matata’ and ‘The Circle Of Life’, ‘Be Prepared’ shines especially brightly here, adding to Scar’s already highly menacing presence.

The big draw here is seeing The Lion King in a form befitting its majesty; on the silver screen in the middle of a hulk of like-minded fans. The vast majority of the cinema audience grew up being charmed by Disney’s classics on video, watching them on repeat and singing along. On a huge screen with the sound engulfing you, this charm is magnified into grandeur. Sharing this with others only adds to the experience.

And while the animation is universally lauded, you come away with a new appreciation for the magnificent voice work, in particular Rowan Atkinson’s prissy Zazu and Jeremy Iron’s deceitful Scar. Many of the characters in this film tread the line between comic and campy perfectly, in particular the Hyenas and Timon and Pumba. One absolutely golden scene that this reviewer had forgotten was Timon dressed in drag and hula dancing, backed up by Pumba in a ploy to distract the hyenas so that Simba could get past them to Scar. This scene in particular had us in stitches.

This is truly what you’d deem a classic. It’s timeless and hasn’t aged a bit despite everyone knowing every scene by heart. The story is every bit as relatable today and the jokes are still thigh-slappingly funny even if you find yourself supplying the punchline before the characters do. Mufasa’s death is still as traumatic as the first time we watched him get murdered and Simba’s reclamation of his throne is euphoric. Go see The Lion King 3D and take with you one of those kids that were born in the wrong millennium.