Disney Re-Releasing More Pixar/Disney Classics in 3D in 2012/2013
by Alex Billington
October 4, 2011
Disney has officially announced today that "on the heels of the phenomenal success" of The Lion King 3D, they're now setting up 3D re-releases of four Disney/Pixar classics over the next two years, starting with Beauty and the Beast in 3D, finally, in theaters January 13th, 2012. In addition, they're re-releasing both Pixar's Finding Nemo on September 14th later that year, and Pixar's Monsters Inc. in theaters on January 18th, 2013, which is just 6 months before the release of Monsters University that summer. Finally, The Little Mermaid is also getting a 3D release on September 13th, 2013. Exciting news for Disney fans!
"Great stories and great characters are timeless, and at Disney we're fortunate to have a treasure trove of both," said Alan Bergman, President, The Walt Disney Studios. "We're thrilled to give audiences of all ages the chance to experience these beloved tales in an exciting new way with 3D – and in the case of younger generations, for the first time on the big screen." While that's all true, this is of course spurred by the immense success of The Lion King in 3D, which since being released on September 16th has earned nearly $80 million so far. There's an obvious connection here, but at the same time, Disney has chosen four of the most beloved movies that everyone enjoys, even I'm happy to see them on the big screen again, even in 3D.
So here's a recap on the details. The Walt Disney Studios has announced limited theatrical engagements for four of its classic films: Beauty and the Beast on January 13, 2012; Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo on September 14, 2012; Disney/Pixar's Monsters Inc. on January 18, 2013 (before the June 21, 2013 release of Monsters University); and Disney's The Little Mermaid on September 13, 2013. Most seem satisfied with the 3D updates of these movies, and I'm sure these re-releases will also do well. I'm a huge fan of both Finding Nemo and Monsters Inc, so I might have to catch them in theaters when they show. Anyone else?