I think the first time I watched The Lion King was on a pirated VHS. Yeah. My dad had 2 VCRs and his friends would come to him to make copies of videos. Then my dad would make an extra copy for us. (OMG, we sound so pov XD).
I have not rewatched it since I was a kid so I was wondering how it'd hold up. And ... IT WAS AMAZING. STILL. After all these years. And I may have shed silent tears in the cinema. The cinema I was in had a few little kids in it watching it for the first time. And they'd talk and ask questions. Like "Where's his dad" "What happened to his dead?" "They can't kill him!" "Remember!" "OMG it's his dad!" My friend and I kept hitting each other when a song would come on. It was really lovely, nostalgic experience. Came out of it feeling all warm and bubbly. It really hasn't lost its magic.
I don't think it was necessary for it to be in 3D. I think a re-release with a few touch ups if needed would have been more than enough. 3D really didn't add anything more to this film, except a few more bucks. The film is perfect on its own. It doesn't need 3D. Now I'm gonna try to find my VHS copy and a VCR to rewatch. XD