'Beauty and the Beast,' 'The Little Mermaid,' 'Finding Nemo,' 'Monsters, Inc.' get 3-D re-releases

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Following the stunning box office success of The Lion King 3D, which has amassed a stunning $79.8 million in just 18 days, Disney is officially ready to re-release four more of its classic animated films in 3-D.

According to a just-issued press release, The Mouse House will bring a 3-D version of Beauty and the Beast to the big screen on Jan. 13, 2012, and after that, on Sept. 14, Disney will re-release a technologically enhanced Finding Nemo.

2013 will follow a similar schedule. Monsters, Inc. will be re-released on Jan. 18, 2013 (not coincidentally, Monsters University, a prequel to the original film, arrives in theaters a few months later on June 21), and then, on Sept. 13, The Little Mermaid in will swim onto 3-D screens.

How are you feeling about the news? Are you read for more 3-D Disney flicks? And are you as surprised as I am that Aladdin wasn’t the first choice for a second run in 3-D?

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  • Jay

    Hollywood is getting even more lazy now! It wasn’t enough not coming up with new ideas and instead just remaking old stuff. Now, they don’t even bother remaking movies, they just re-release older ones!
    Sigh.
    Disney is great and all, but I’m not paying $15 to rewatch a movie I’ve had sitting on my shelf for over 10 years now.

    • SaraS

      But a lot of families would.

      • Nathan

        We call them morons.

      • The Devil

        @Nathan – love the blanket statement. Very mature.

    • B

      I agree with Sara. Plus, I was only 4 when Beauty came out. It would be amazing to relive seeing that on the big screen.

      • The Devil

        Agree. I think I was 8 or 9 when Beauty came out. I would love to bring my daughter to experience the “magic” like I did. Hopefully there will also be regaular 2D showings of the movie as well.

      • madhattter

        If they don’t offer the movie in 2-D for about $10-15 dollars you can get what’s called 2-D glasses. You wear them instead of 3-D glasses and it lets you see the movie as though it’s 2-D, while still in theaters.

      • GABRIELLE

        Exactly. That’s why people go to see these re-released movies, for sentimental reasons. They want to “re-live” the moment, but not just for their childhood, for their children’s childhood as well. Once again, Disney makes another ingenious move, to bring back the wonderful memories of old fans and to touch the hearts of new ones.

    • Ally

      I would definitely go see Little Mermaid in 3D…I haven’t seen that in forever…probably Finding Nemo too- I think those would look cool in 3D.

      • elr

        I agree, of the 4 titles listed Finding Nemo is the only one that I would consider watching in 3D, but I would like to see all four on the big screen and in 2D.

    • Nick

      This is good news people. The more movies that get put out in 3D, the more 3D Blue Rays that make. Then they will sell more 3D TV’s and when they make enough of them, the prices come down. This is the path of technological progress.

    • steph

      I am. The experience of seeing these on the big screen is a HUGE selling point.

    • Sasha

      I remember watching little mermaid in theaters when I was just a tiny little kid, and it was amazing. I saw it maybe 5 times in theaters and bought the video. I can’t wait to relive the experience. The kids movies that they make today are pure crap, they’re all filled with pop-culture jokes, innuendos and a bunch of farting and pooping, kids really need to experience the beauty of “the little mermaid”

    • house

      At Jay i agree! Hollywood seems to run out of ideas,its either 3-D or remake or rehash.

    • Andrew

      Loits of children today have never gotten the chance to see these films in theaters. Parents and grandparents can also see them again in theaters.

  • Gaston

    YAY!! This is wonderful news.. if I had kids I would jump at the chance for them to see Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast etc in the theater. Those songs, the stories, they are just classics.
    Whatever, even without kids I’m going to go see them :)

    • O-Town Girl

      I would actually love to see Hunchback of Notre Dame in theaters again (2D or 3D).

      Yes, the characters and plot are kind of meh, and it’s probably one of the more scary Disney films, but the animation and the score were the most beautiful and powerful I’ve seen/heard. I bought the soundtrack right after seeing the movie.

      I remember seeing it in the theater as a teenager and was blown away. That ‘God Help the Outcasts’ scene? I was mesmerized. Would love to see it again. Anyone else agree?

  • Meg

    Okay, maybe I’ll pay up for Beauty and the Beast because that’s my fave, but this is getting ridiculous. What’s next? Steamboat Willie in technicolor 3D?

    • macontosh2000

      Quick edit you post, your giving Disney ideas!

    • JB

      How is it getting ridiculous? If you don’t want to see it, don’t. They will still be the #1 movie with or without you.

      • Meg

        It’s getting ridiculous because if Disney starts rereleasing their vault in 3D, then what’s stopping Sony, Miramax, Warner Bros., Summit, etc from rereleasing their vaults in 3D? The only movies in theaters could very well soon be rereleases. I like movies. I like seeing movies in theaters. But if I have to pay $15 to a see a movie I can get from Redbox for $1….

      • rlb237

        But if I have to pay $15 to a see a movie I can get from Redbox for $1….
        ——————————-

        @Meg: Who says you have to see them in theaters again? Is Walt Disney’s ghost holding a gun to your head?

    • Dani

      Why is it ridiculous? People obviously wanted to see Lion King in the theaters. Disney is just making a great business decision by rereleasing their classic films to the theaters. They are providing an experience people value and making money for their shareholders. It’s what they are supposed to do. If you don’t like it you don’t have to buy a ticket.

      • HG

        Meg, i don’t think other studios have the same clout that Disney has. Remember, they are releasing these movies because Lion King made 100 million dollars in three weekends. That is more than most movies make in their entire run. I think if another studio tried to do it, the movie would flop, and they would not release others.

      • house

        Quit stomping on Meg! It is stupid,we have already seen these movie in2-D. There is no need for 3-D! Just.like there no need for titinic spelled it wrong…3-D! Hollywood is OUT OF IDEAS! =(

  • Sean

    Personally, I think rereleases should happen more often. Granted, they don’t need to be 3D-ified, but getting an opportunity to see Lion King on the big screen again after 17 years was pretty awesome. And the 3D turned out a LOT better than I would have expected.

    My real question is just the silliness regarding the rerelease of Beauty and the Beast. If I remember correctly, it was originally scheduled for February 2010, and then pushed back to the fall, and then pulled completely before just deciding to release the 3D Blu-Ray, completely forgoing any theatrical release. I don’t really understand the thought process of the cancellation. (Although I definitely get the “Let’s milk the dollars out of this!” idea they’ve come up with now after the Lion King’s phenomenal performance.)

    • PrincessBride

      I agree that I would like to see more re-releases as well. Some movies are better viewed in a theater rather than on a television set. I’m not crazy about 3D, but I’ll gladly go to any Disney re-release in theaters. I’d love to see some marathon Star Wars showings in theaters as well. Yes, my kids have seen the movies at home, but it would be a fun family night out to see them in theaters. There is a whole generation that has never seen a lot of these movies on the big screen.

      • Evelyn M

        I completely agree. Every parent wants to share movies that they loved as a child. Seeing them in the theater instead of on TV gives you the opportunity to see them uninterrupted. As ;a parent I have not sat through a movie at home ever. I am up and down getting things, taking care of things and can only enjoy a movie when I see it in the theater. Also seeing a movie at home cannot compare with seeing it on the big screen. I did go see Lion King and it was fantastic. There are so many other that I would also like to see brought back in 3D such as Pocahontas. If you don’t agree with Disney’s decision to bring them back to the big screen in 3D then don’t go see them. You will not offend them or those of us that are willing to pay the money to see them in 3D on the big screen. Sharing these special moments with our children and grandchildren is our choice not yours, and one we gladly make.

  • John

    I swear my first (and only) reaction was “How the hell is Aladdin not on the list?!” It’s the first movie I can remember watching over and over, and I’d love the chance to see it in 3D

    • Marissa

      Aladdin was on ABC Family a couple of nights ago! I would prefer to see that again in theaters than Monsters Inc. or Finding Nemo. The nostalgia factor is key with these rereleases and I just don’t think those Pixar movies are at the level of the Disney classics like Lion King/Aladdin/Beauty and the Beast yet.

      • Eric

        I fully agree with you on the pixar topic. Nowhere close to being classics like the 90s disney movies.

      • Mischa

        Yeah, those pixar movies were released relatively recently. I’d like to see some of the true classics, like “cinderella” and “snow white” on the big screen

    • Steph E

      You literally read my mind! Couldn’t agree more.

      • Steph E

        Aladdin is by far the best!

    • amanda

      Beauty and the beast is the best. However I completely agree. Aladdin you would think be one of the first to be added.

    • Dani

      Agreed! The flying carpet chase out of the cave would be fantastic in 3D!

  • Amanda

    I saw Lion King 3D but here’s the deal – I do NOT love 3D. I actually just wanted to see Lion King in the theater and 3D was my only option. There are older movies that I would love to see on the big screen (Wizard of Oz, Casablanca, Polar Express) but they don’t need to be 3D!!!

    • Christine

      Exactly. I’m just going for the cinema screen. I don’t give a crap about the 3D.

    • Chelsea

      If you go to smaller movie theaters in your town that are kinda old, most will still have the reels for the old movies and you can rent out the room for your movie for a party or whatever. My elementary school and middle school used to do this as a reward at the end of the year. We even saw the original Willy Wonka once.

    • Steph E

      I saw it too in 3D, not impressed at all. Was wishing I’d just seen the 2D version

    • Jose

      My theater had a 2d option, I was surprised that it didn’t sell out as fast as the 3d ones.

  • Ben

    I saw The Lion King in 3D last week. The film itself was great, but, the 3D upgrade was worthless.The only thing it did was add to the cost of the ticket price. A movie made in 3D is okay. A 2D movie upgraded to 3D is usually as terrible as is a black and white film “colorized”. It might be easier to change an animated 2D movie than a live actor 2D film, but, if it was not originally made in 3D, then it’s probably not worth the extra cost to see it in 3D. I hope Disney also offers an option for those who want to see it at a theater in 2D. The cost of 3D glasses is going up too (as reported by EW).

    • Ally

      the 3D was like what, $2 more? It was $11.50 for a matinee in NC. It added a little something different and cool to the normal viewing you already remember and wasn’t too pricey. So I didn’t mind it at all.

      • Aprilcot26

        My problem was that I wanted to take my daughter, and she’s to young to sit with 3D glasses.

      • Aprilcot26

        ^ Oops… I meant ‘too.’

      • Ben

        @Ally; The theater I went to, added $5 for showing a 3D movie, instead of being $10, it was $15. Not everyone pays $2 extra to see a 3D movie as they do in NC. Plus as EW reported a few days ago, the costs of seeing a movie in 3D is going up, because the cinema will be passing the costs of the 3D glasses to the customers in the in future. The cost of the glasses had been covered by the movie studio, it will not be paid for by the movie studio, it will be paid for by the customers in the very near future. Showing a 2D movie in 3D is a waste of money and the 2D option should be available. I want to see the classics on the big screen cinema, in 2D as they were first filmed.

      • PrincessBride

        Where I am in NC it’s an additional $3 for 3D. So add $12 to an already expensive ticket price to take the family. Plus, two members of my family get slightly queasy at 3D movies. I agree, we would be regulars at the movies if classics were shown (which our theater sometimes does, but only at midnight – too late to take the family). But don’t force me to see them in 3D.

    • musicluver

      right on! I saw Beauty and the Beast in 3D and wasn’t impressed either. Very little change was noticed. Obviously it was never meant to be 3D in the first place! I think Finding Nemo has a better chance at that since most of it is computer generated. I think it has a better chance.

  • Dave

    I hate 3D. Go away.

  • Marten

    Oh snap. I would love to see some of these in the theater again, but I’d see them all in 2D, thank you very much.

  • California

    I love the idea of rereleases and I think these are good choices for 3D. My only hesitation is with Monsters Inc which is clearly only getting the 3D treatment because the sequel is going to be coming out (otherwise something like Up or Wall-E would have been a better choice, though both are too recent to really warrant a rerelease). I can’t wait to see Beauty and the Beast again on the big screen. I wish there were more opportunities to see Disney’s older films on the big screen. I would love to see Sleeping Beauty for instance. I imagine the scenes with the fairies making the birthday preparations and the scenes with Maleficent (doing pretty much anything) are amazing on the big screen. The climax with Maleficent as the dragon must have scared the shiz out of kids in the ’50s. That should be an attraction at Disneyland. A giant movie theater where you can just take a break and watch old Disney movies. They could just endlessly cycle through them all.

    • Aprilcot26

      That’s an *awesome* idea. You should totally pitch that to Disney!

    • Terebear

      I have been saying that for years! Downtown Disney has a regular movie theatre but I know so many parents would love to take their kids to see the classic movies on a big scren and they would make a killing especially on rainy days.

    • Angie

      Wow.. so agree with you about Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent. That would be unbelievably awesome.
      Sigh. I wish some of the new animated movies would take note of how beloved the older Disney classics are.. the songs, the choirs, the storylines – we don’t need a huge joke every 20 seconds.

    • podunkboy

      “UP” was in 3D already.

  • Dante

    Wow Disney….Really? Should we get ready for The Apple Dumpling Gang 3D?

    • Bearguy

      Just be thankful it’s not Escape to Witch Mountain… ;-)

  • Andrew

    Thank goodness the 3d re-release has not been cancelled. I also can’t wait for “The Little Mermaid” to come back to theaters.

    • Flip

      I love The Little Mermaid!! It was the first movie I ever saw in theatres. I will definitely go see it in 3D for the nostalgia and for the hell of it. I’ve also never seen a re-released movie in theatres before.

    • Andrew

      I meant thank goodness of the 3D re-release of “Beauty and the Beast” was not cancelled.

  • spud

    I would think “Tarzan” would be in the running. The “deep canvas” techniques used in the jungle sequences, especially when Tarzan is “surfing” through the jungle on the limbs and vines, would really pop under a properly executed 3D conversion.

  • Matt C.

    I’m fine with these selections; however, I really want to see Aladdin re-released. That movie was my all time favorite from my childhood, so I would love to see that again on the big screen (even if it’s just in 2D!) I also think Pocahontas would be a good one to re-release in 3D.

  • Jason

    Gosh. They’re getting our money while they can…however I might check out Finding Nemo in 3D. But that’s it.

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