Tuesday, Disney and Pixar announced plans to release four past films in 3D over the next two years.
After the success of “The Lion King” 3D, Disney plans to roll out four more famous movies in 3D. “The Lion King 3D” proved to be a success and earned $80 million to-date.
“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 in a statement. “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.”
Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc, and The Little Mermaid from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios will be released in 2012 and 2013.
Beauty and the Beast will be the first to be rereleased and will hit theaters January 13, 2012. Originally released in 1991, Beauty and the Beast follows the adventures of Belle, a young woman imprisoned in the castle of a mysterious beast who must learn that true beauty comes from within. The movie was the first animated film ever nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, earning an additional five Oscar nominations and winning two and grossed $380.4 million worldwide.
Finding Nemo will hit theaters next, and will be released September 14, 2012. The movie was first released in 2003, and follows Nemo a curious fish who gets himself into a whole lot of trouble when he ends up in a fishbowl at a dentist’s office. Finding Nemo won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and was nominated for three others and totaled $867.6 million worldwide, becoming the second highest-grossing film of 2003.
Monsters will hit theaters January 18, 2013. It was first released in 2001 and follows Lovable Sulley and his sidekick Mike Wazowski who are the top scare team at Monsters, Inc., the scream-processing factory in Monstropolis, who have to help get a little girl home who wanders into their world. Monsters, Inc won an Academy Award for Best Song and has grossed $526.9 million worldwide. (Monsters University, a prequel to the original film, arrives in theaters in Disney Digital 3D on June 21, 2013)
The Little Mermaid will hit theaters September 13, 2013. The movie was originally released in 1989, and follows Aiel, a mermaid, on the adventure of a lifetime. The Little Mermaid was nominated for three Academy Awards, winning two and has grossed $228.9 million worldwide.