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Disney Setting Up More Animated Classics For 3D Re-Releases

With the huge success of Walt Disney’s re-release of The Lion King in 3D, the company has decided to go for gold by converting several other classics. Beauty and the Beast, Pixar’s Finding Nemo and Monsters, Inc. and The Little Mermaid will be back in theaters in 3D in the next two years. Just imagine that giant splash coming towards you!

You may not be a 3D fan or even more specifically, you may not be a 3D re-release fan, but Disney’s decision is a wise one financially. Lion King as made almost $80 million domestically so far in its re-release and was number one at the box office two weeks in a row. It’s now the fourth highest grossing animated film of all time with a domestic gross of $408,325,509 since it’s original release in back in 1994. And with its blu-ray release today they stand to make even more than Uncle Scrooge’s money bin can safely hold.

Here’s the dates for the next four re-releases from the studio:

  • Beauty and the Beast -January 13, 2012
  • Finding Nemo – September 14, 2012
  • Monsters, Inc. – January 18, 2013
  • The Little Mermaid – September 13, 2013

The Monsters, Inc. release will also be the perfect lead-in to its prequel, Monsters University, coming out June of 2013. Disney president Alan Bergman said in a press release, “Great characters and great stories are timeless, and at Disney we’re fortunate to have a treasure trove of both.” Treasure is right.

So, which one are you most excited for?

(via Deadline)

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  • Anonymous

    After seeing the Lion King this weekend, I wish they would just release them in 2D. The 3D effects took away from the stunning animation of the original Lion King. Happy to see these on the big screen, it’s just not worth the money and the headache of 3D

  • Matt Goldey

    I’m ready for this 3D fad to die.

  • Terence Ng

    All I want to see is The Little Mermaid on a big screen, not in 3D. It’s my first movie memory at the tender age of 3 and I’d like to come full circle.

  • Joshua MacDougall

    No Aladdin? Are you kidding me?

  • Anonymous

    In 3D? None. But I would go to Nemo otherwise.

    And yeah, no Aladdin? Or Mulan? Sad face :(

  • Meggie O’Brien

    I thought the 3D just added a new dimension to the lion king, stunning. Super excited for beauty and the beast & the little mermaid.

  • Clare Harry Duncan

    The only bad part about Lion King 3D is that the glasses dim the colors, which is a real shame.

  • Frodo Baggins

    I’m totally fine with Nemo and Monsters Inc. being re-released in 3D. Know why? BECAUSE THEY’RE 3D ANIMATIONS. The images on screen are 2D projections of objects that (virtually at least) exist in three dimensions. Whereas Lion King, Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast are drawings on pieces of paper, so it’s RIDICULOUS to make them 3D.

  • Jenn

    I would go to Aladdin as a re-release, but would rather just see it in 2D.

  • Anonymous