With the surprising success of the re-release of Disney's The Lion King in 3D the last two weekends (it grossed an estimated $72 million within that time, according to boxoffice.com), the Disney and Pixar stduios, respectfully, have decided to re-release other classic films within the next two years. Their line-up includes 1991's Beauty and the Beast on January 18, 2012; 2003's Finding Nemo on September 14, 2012; 2001's Monsters Inc. on January 18, 2013; and 1989's The Little Mermaid on September 13, 2013.
The Disney studio is no stranger to this routine, as they've traditionally re-released classic films every seven years since they first re-released Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in the 1940s. (For those of you who never knew, Snow White was first released in 1937!)
As I've posted in my last blog on this subject, I'm wondering if the recent success of King (as well as the upcoming re-releases of the aforementioned films) may help remind audiences that hand-drawn animation is still alive and well, and that it still means something in our culture and in our world. (Never mind that these films are taken to the next technological level, regarding depth and perception.) The important thing is, how do the films themselves make you feel? What do they mean to you? One thing is for certain: they are definite classics that we adults (once kids, who grew up with them) will share with our kids in this generation.