Over the weekend, believe it or not, the 3D re-release of The Lion King continued to come in #1 at the box office as it reached $61.7 million in total profit. This has led the big guys at Disney to announce they'll be keeping the movie in theaters beyond the originally planned two weeks. As Ed, the craziest hyena villain, might say... [insert maniacal celebratory hyena laugh]!
It's pretty clear that the main motivator behind this 3D re-release was to make money, and it's hard to blame the big guys at Disney for that. Still, the event - and the now practically inevitable coming wave of 3D re-releases - raises some questions about the recycling of classic media. Most importantly, when is it okay?
|"Remember who you are, Simba." "Hamlet?"|
The Lion King is evidently a story/movie/experience that parents want to share with their children, grandparents want to share with their grandchildren, nostalgic teens like me want to share with their friends, etc. And who's to say that re-releasing a movie isn't the same as re-grunting a story about the caveman campfire? (In this case, the campfire is a massive glowing screen.)
On the other hand, you could argue that re-releasing a movie that's already had its ride around the block is even more extreme - and worrying - than other forms of story recycling. What happened to creativity, man? Heck, you could argue that story recycling in any form is a bad thing. The human experience is such a huge and varied thing, there must still be room for some level of originality.
What are your thoughts on story recycling, The Lion King 3D, and originality in fiction? Sound off in the comments! And while you're at it, enjoy this awesomely hilarious Modern Family clip.