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Disney to Take Theaters Under the Sea...And Possibly to a Watery Grave?

Last January, Disney quietly and unceremoniously scuttled the planned wide rerelease of The Little Mermaid for this September because of the poor box office returns on Monsters Inc. and Finding Nemo’s 3D foray. We ran a piece on why Disney turning its back on the pivotal film that ushered in the Disney Renaissance with its marriage of traditional hand-drawn artistry and Broadway optimism was a depressing shame. In retrospect, it would have been better to leave this mermaid under the sea, before the musical siren could lure possibly all of cinema to its dank watery grave. One that we may all soon find on Instagram.

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