» Ronniesia Reed – rreed24@my.apsu.edu

I am sure just about everyone has noticed the new trend of re-releasing movies in 3-D. Disney movies are the center of this trend with movies like “The Lion King,” “Up” and “Toy Story,” all being re-released to theaters in a 3-D format.

If it’s not broke, why try to fix it? Disney is known for making classical movies people grow up with and love for the rest of their lives.

The whole 3-D effect is unnecessary for these movies. They were already classics before 3-D was added. With that said, it is a little obvious 3-D is now being used as a tool to make money off of the viewers.

“Such re-releases are new opportunities — found money, if you will,” said Dave Hollis, head of distribution at Disney.

“Found money” is exactly right. According to imdb.com, only three weeks after its re-release, “The Lion King” had brought in $80 million. The site also shows the 3-D version of “Beauty and The Beast” came in number one at the box office, bringing in over $17 million in its first week.

Disney plans to re-release more of their movies, including “The Little Mermaid,” “Monsters Inc.” and “Finding Nemo.” Disney should begin making all of their movies in 3-D as an original format. Instead of remaking the same movies with the same storylines, it would be better to just make a whole new movie.

Other film studios have jumped on the 3-D bandwagon, including Fox and Paramount. According to imdb.com, Fox will be re-releasing “Star Wars: Episode One — The Phantom Menace,” and Paramount will be re-releasing “Titanic” later on this year. “Titanic” was a classic movie as well, and does not need to be re-released. It should be left as is. The 3-D effect has a way of altering the feeling achieved by the time period of the film. The time they were created in is what makes these movies so lovable, especially, “The Titanic.”

Three-D is a cool and catchy effect; however, it is a tool that has been around for a while, but has just recently become popular.

Therefore, new movies should be made to go with the timing of the 3-D trend. If they keep remaking the same movies that have already been made, how are we going to get more classical Disney movies? This should be thought about as they continue on with the 3-D movement. TAS