'Finding Nemo 3-D' And The History Of Theatrical Re-Releases

September 10th, 2012 3:07pm EDT

Finding Nemo Disney and Pixar's Finding Nemo will be getting a theatrical re-release this weekend, continuing a growing trend of films being brought back to the big screen with a third dimension added.

Theatrical re-releases had gone down recently, due to the increasing popularity of big screen home entertainment centers in high definition - but with so few homeowners having a 3D TV, producers are keen to cash in on the technology.

Prior to home theaters being the norm, many movie companies re-released their flicks every several years to give audiences a chance to see the spectacle on the big screen. One of the more prolific companies was Disney.

Disney re-released its classics as often as it re-releases DVDs and Blu-Rays today.

Cinderella was released in March 4, 1950, followed by theatrical re-releases in 1957, 1965, 1973, 1981, and 1987.

Bambi was released in theaters in 1942. Bambi was re-released to theatres in 1947, 1957, 1966, 1975, 1982, and 1988.

Peter Pan was first released in theaters on February 5, 1953. It was re-released theatrically in 1958, 1969, 1976, 1982, and 1989.
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The Little Mermaid was originally released on November 14, 1989, followed by a November 17, 1997 reissue. Disney announced a 3D re-release scheduled for September 13, 2013.

The Jungle Book was released in 1967. The film was re-released theatrically in 1978, 1984, and 1990.

One Hundred and One Dalmatians was first released to theaters on January 25, 1961. After its initial theatrical run, it was re-released to theaters four more times: January 1969, June 1979, December 1985, and July 1991.

Titanic: A re-release in 3D came out in 2012, 15 years after the original. It made over $340 million.

Star Wars re-releases: Star Wars was later given its proper "Episode IV: A New Hope" title in 1981, the third year in a row that it was re-released in theaters (out of four consecutive years). In 1997, for the 20 year anniversary, special editions of the original trilogy were released to theaters. The entire series is being given the 3D treatment for re-release - but will be released in chronological order. The Phantom Menace was re-released on February 10, 2012 and the final film, Return of the Jedi, will be re-released in 2017.

Gone with the Wind was given theatrical re-releases in 1947, 1954, and 1961 It was further rereleased in 1971, by United Artists in 1974, by Turner Entertainment and GM/UA Communications Co. in 1989, and by New Line Cinema in 1998.

E.T was released in 1982. The film was re-released in 1985 and 2002, earning another $60 million and $68 million respectively. The 2002 version infamously replaced guns with walkie-talkies using digital technology.

Grease was re-released in 1998 to take advantage of its 20th anniversary. It raked in $28 million.

The Wizard of Oz: The famous 1939 film was re-released in 1949, 1955, 1970, 1971, and 1998. Short, one-night or one-weekend releases still occur.

The Nightmare Before Christmas: Before the 3-D craze, this 1993 film was re-released in 2006 in "Disney Digital 3-D." It's now an annual re-release in limited theaters.

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