Disney Sinks Planned 3-D “Little Mermaid” Release

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Due to lack­lus­ter box-office results for 3-D releases of Mon­sters, Inc., Find­ing Nemo and Beauty and the Beast, Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios announced Mon­day that it’s scrub­bing plans for a 3-D ver­sion of The Lit­tle Mer­maid in September.

The Lion King 3-D had been a sleeper hit, gross­ing almost $100 mil­lion in the United States and Canada. In late 2011, Dis­ney announced the 1989 under­sea hit The Lit­tle Mer­maid as its fourth and last planned 3-D re-release.

How­ever, the bloom was off the rose for other follow-ups. Beauty and the Beast col­lected $47.6 mil­lion last Jan­u­ary and Find­ing Nemo brought $40.7 mil­lion in Sep­tem­ber, while Mon­sters, Inc. nabbed just $30.5 mil­lion since its release Decem­ber 19.

Dis­ney had already started work on con­vert­ing The Lit­tle Mer­maid to 3-D in Novem­ber, the studio’s ani­ma­tion chief cre­ative offi­cer, John Las­seter, said in an inter­view then.

Mean­while, Dis­ney announced Mon­day that the partly ani­mated The Mup­pets 2 will be released on March 21, 2014, with Ricky Ger­vais and Ty Bur­rell star­ring oppo­site Ker­mit the Frog and Miss Piggy

James Bobin, direc­tor of the partly ani­mated The Mup­pets (2011), returns as the direc­tor from a script that he co-wrote with Nick Stoller. The ear­lier movie was co-written by Stoller and its star, Jason Segel.

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