Disney Re-Releasing More Pixar/Disney Classics in 3D in 2012/2013

October 4, 2011

Finding Nemo / Beauty and the Beast

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?

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  • Xerxexx
    Eh, not cool. Stay away from our child memories!
    • I've actually heard nothing but good things for The Lion King 3D and the test footage for Beauty and the Beast was really well done.  So just image all that 3D converison in Finding Nemo!
      • Xerxexx
        Well I understand re-releasing classics, its fine by mean but I don't understand why they insist of putting the films out in 3-D.
        • Jacqui
          To show kids these days how awesome Disney is!
          • Xerxexx
            Do that without 3-D and it will be just as effective.
      • All Pixar has to do is render a 2nd copy of the film slightly to the left and they have a 3D movie. 😛 When will Finding Nemo come one on Blu Ray? That is what I'm waiting for! Watching Lion King now. 😀 
  • I really hope this means we will get Finding Nemo and The Little Mermaid on Blu-ray
  • Blue Silver
    This move by Disney doesn't surprise me! Re-releasing in 3-D will only generate more $$$.
  • Miguel Angel
    People bitch way way too much about 3D. Its optional! I'm thrilled that Beauty and the Beast is being released in theaters again. My personal favorite. I missed the IMAX re-release years ago. I'm certainly not missing this.
  • Stan
    3d conversions, if done right can be quite spectacular. Notably, I know some people weren't fond of the 3D conversion in Burton's Alice but at least it did feel like a 3D movie at times unlike Clash of the Titans which was a last minute botchjob. Basically if there's a lot of care in these conversions, I say do it. I wonder if Dreamworks or Aardman will try to rerelease Chicken Run or Wallace & Gromit in 3D in the near future.
  • Buket
    I thought Beauty and the Beast was already done in 3D. I saw it earlier on this year at the cinemas... Oh well am excited for the others though if just to see them on the big screen again 😀
  • Carl
    I think Aladdin should be shown in 3D I think it would look brill.
  • factory
    hand drawn animation back on the big screen? sounds good to me. bet aladdin will be next.  disney should re-release their version of snow white, and pit against the two coming out next year.
  • Markj765
    I thought lion king 3d was great in theaters. Also the 3d blu rays were released for lion king, and beauty and the beast and both are wonderfully done in 3d. especially beauty and the beast.
  • flyingreddragon
    Disney is masters of milking movies. I remember they had like 4 editions for each of their vhs movies, then different versions of dvd's limited edition, gold, silver, plat, Disney vault, blue ray, 3d, and a sequel for every one of their animated movies.




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