Running off the success of The Lion King 3D, Disney has gone an announced a re-release schedule for 2012 and 2013. The list includes 3D remakes of four Disney/Pixar films. Some movie patrons argue that 3D re-releases are ruining their childhood memories, others think its a cash grab, then there are the patrons that enjoy 3D re-releases. I personally embrace the idea, not necessarily for the 3D aspect, but having the opportunity to re-see movies I may of not seen on the big screen or find the need to feel all warm and fuzzy inside from nostalgia.
There certainly is a market for these 3D re-releases as The Lion King 3D brought in just over $167 million for Disney during its theatrical run. So with this success, Disney has announced during a press release that they will be bringing four more classics from Disney and Pixar to theatres over the next two years. Read the press release below.
‘Beauty and the Beast,’ ‘Finding Nemo,’ ‘Monsters, Inc.’ and ‘The Little Mermaid’ Will Make 3D Theatrical Debut in 2012 and 2013
BURBANK, Calif. – October 4, 2011 – On the heels of the phenomenal success of The Lion King 3D – which will cross the $80 million mark at the domestic box office today – The Walt Disney Studios has announced limited theatrical engagements for four of its classic films for the first time in 3D. The following titles from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios will be released in 2012 and 2013:
- Beauty and the Beast – January 13, 2012
- Disney•Pixar’s Finding Nemo – September 14, 2012
- Disney•Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. – January 18, 2013 (Monsters University, a prequel to the original film, arrives in theaters in Disney Digital 3D on June 21, 2013)
- The Little Mermaid – September 13, 2013
Extra Info: 3D Re-Release Schedule
Beauty and the Beast 3D was released on home media as apart of the Diamond Edition series on October 5, 2011. To me this theatrical re-release is a strange move by Disney as this 3D film is currently already available on 3D Blu-ray. The possibility of movie patrons giving the big screen release a miss due to high 3D ticket prices and the choice of just go down to their local electronics store and purchase a copy to keep could possibly affect sales. With just two days into release we will wait for the weekend results to see whether this will affect the release. With a $10 million dollar 3D-conversion fee at stake, Disney will hope to take in $15 million this weekend, and if they don’t this could possibly affect future 3D releases planned. You can check out the trailer for Beauty and the Beast 3D here.
2) Finding Nemo will be released in 3D on September 14, 2012
3) Monster’s, Inc. will be released in 3D on January 18, 2013
4) The Little Mermaid will be released in 3D on September 13, 2013
The final scheduled re-release for 2013 is the 1989 classic animation The Little Mermaid. Personally this is one of my favorite Disney films and will take a spot in my top 5 Disney Animated films list. The end of next year is a long time to wait and I am assuming Disney will tie the re-release on home media for around this time. Having not seen this film in well over a decade I guarantee you I will be re watching this classic on the big screen, then snapping up the Blu-ray release and hopefully the sequel and prequel at the same time.
So the question is, which re-release will you be going to see?