NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21:  A general view of atmosphere during Disney's The Little Mermaid special screening at Walter Reade Theater on September 21, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
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The Little Mermaid’s Directors Didn’t Want The Film To Get A Star Wars-Style Remaster
The animated Disney movie, “The Little Mermaid,” was already a great masterpiece in its original 1989 version. For its 2006 DVD re-release, directors Ron Clements and John Musker chose not to remaster it, and their reasoning can be traced back to the “Star Wars” remaster in 1997.
George Lucas infamously decided to update the old movies with modern CGI and special effects, throwing in some “improvements” that have annoyed fans for decades now. Clements and Musker saw those “updated” movies, and other movies like them, and they were not impressed.
Clements said, “I get bothered when there's a film that I love and I'm watching it on cable and there's a scene that was never in it before.” In the end, “The Little Mermaid” directors seemed to understand that it's best not to learn from your own mistakes, but from the mistakes of others before you.