The Straits Times
Published on Jan 15, 2013

Disney drops Little Mermaid re-release as 3-D sales disappoint


(REUTERS) - Walt Disney cancelled plans for a 3-D version of its 1989 animated hit The Little Mermaid after disappointing re-releases of Monsters, Inc and Beauty and the Beast in the format.

The film was the last of four releases for which Disney announced plans to convert some of its animated films after The Lion King generated domestic ticket sales of US$94 million (S$115 million) in 2011.

Monsters, Inc, its most recent film converted to 3-D, had domestic ticket sales of only US$30.6 million, according to the site Box Office Mojo.

Disney began 3-D conversion of the underwater animated film in November, animated studio chief John Lasseter, said in interviews in November. Conversion of existing films to 3-D are considered generally inexpensive and are viewed by Disney as generating publicity to boost the DVD sales of older films.