‘The Lion King 3D’ Has Opened The Rerelease Flood Gates

by on October 5, 2011

in Entertainment

The Lion KingWith how well the rerelease of The Lion King did in 3D over this last month in the movie theater, I had said previously it will only be a matter of time.

The Lion King on Amazon

As it is, I’ve heard-tell that Top Gun is coming back to theaters in 3D and I’ve seen some folk say that this particular movie lends itself nicely to 3D.  (But I don’t know if they’re bribed studio shills or really fans of…)

But back when conjectured about the potential wave of new 3D movies being rereleases, I just didn’t realize how little time it would be before the onslaught.

Right now the plans are on the table from Disney to rerelease more animated features in 3D for public consumption.

Those 3D rereleases include Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc. and The Little Mermaid in movie theaters nationwide.

The release dates for these movies are as follows:

· Beauty and the Beast – January 13, 2012
· Disney•Pixar’s Finding Nemo – September 14, 2012
· Disney•Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. – January 18, 2013
· Disney•Pixar’s Monsters University – June 21, 2013*
· The Little Mermaid – September 13, 2013

* Monsters University is the prequel to Monsters, Inc.

Despite my prediction, this doesn’t surprise me that Disney just recognized that they could add millions more to their coffers while rereleasing more animated features as new movies to the 3D movie theater.

My prediction was more aimed at every other studio performing what I call the ‘James Cameron Copy Mode,’ where they all follow suit when they see a good thing and then try to adopt it for themselves.

Unfortunately, despite the high quality of 3D that movie-goers experienced in James Cameron’s Avatar or Michael Bay’s Transformers 3 movies, the onslaught of 3D movies over the last few years included horribly post-processed efforts that didn’t add a damn thing to the movie experience.

And from what I’ve seen, restricted 3D movie releases seem to doom a movie as well.  What I mean by ‘restricted 3D movie releases’ is when a movie is ONLY released in 3D.  At least in the realm of live-action movies.  Disney released the Fright Night remake in 3D, with a minimum of 2D showings and the film failed horribly at the box office, despite word-of-mouth from test audiences that it was a fun movie.  And as the subsequent weeks wore on, they pulled all the 2D showings and left only the 3D version, which no one wanted to go see.

Like I’ve said before, 3D is great in movies with CGI heavy and animated movies.  But it pretty much is just a hokey stunt in most live-action movies, especially when they film in 3D and stuff things in your face or freeze frame objects for your “3D entertainment.”  As far as I’m concerned, it’s not worth it.

So brace yourselves folks.  I’m going to bet that the rerelease swarm is coming, and it will be the new remake category of movies.  Because, god only knows, you just can’t have enough remakes.

[ Disney Rerelease Schedule via /Film.  ]

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