The days of huddling on living room couches enjoying a classic Disney animation film are over. Conforming to the current technological trends, Disney has decided to re-release their most beloved movies in 3-D.
With movies such as The Nightmare Before Christmas, Toy Story, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, and Monsters, Inc., Disney has released their classic films back into the theatres since 2006, and plans to release The Little Mermaid in 2013.
After grossing $80 million from the 3-D re-release of The Lion King, Disney’s motivations are undoubtedly economically based.
Adapting the Brothers’ Grimm tragic endings in The Little Mermaid, Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and more, to a comparatively cheery ending, Disney creates a realm of hope and imagination.
For some, classic Disney films, especially those of the Disney princesses, are enjoyable because of their beautifully happy endings.
Some say that altering these films to fit the 3-D screen takes away from these very aspects of music, cheer, and simple storylines, and turns the focus towards the 3-D effects, engineered to entertain and inspire awe.
“I loved the music and the two-dimensional simplicity of the films,” commented Sierra Janik ’13 on watching the films as a child.
It remains to be seen if Disney’s re-creations of classic films as 3-D will live up to the simpler days.