Disney Announces Dates of Four Animated Classic 3-D Re-Releases
10.21.11 by Mandy
With The Lion King (in 3D) recently passing $90 million at the domestic box office, it's no surprise that Disney is anxious to get more of its animated classics in theaters for a 3-D re-release.
Earlier this month, the House of Mouse announced that four more of their most beloved movies of the past twenty-some years would be headed back to theaters, and now they have dates for the re-releases, too. One thing that's certain, there is no time being wasted getting these 3D versions in front of audiences.
Beauty and the Beast is slated for a January 13, 2012 release. How are they getting Belle and company out so quickly when the announcement about it being converted to 3D was made just a couple of weeks ago? It turns out that the Oscar-winning animated feature was actually the first project that Disney started with when they were thinking about 3D conversions. It just happened that Simba made it to the cineplex first. The Disney Pixar classic Finding Nemo will swim into the third dimension that same year, with a release on September 14.
For 2013, the Disney Pixar comedy Monsters, Inc. is out early in the year, hitting theaters January 18. That will be a great way to promote Monsters University, a prequel to Monsters, Inc.. The prequel will follow Mike and Sulley during their time at the University of Fear when the two weren't exactly friendly. Once again, fall gives us another adventure that is (at least partly) underwater, with The Little Mermaid out in 3D September 13, 2013.
The mouse is certainly shrewd in their timing. These classics are all out either right after the crowded holiday movie season is over or after the summer blockbusters are out of theaters. With this strategy, all of these 3D versions could match the box office power of The Lion King.