Disney and Disney * Pixar Classics Returning to Theaters – in 3D!

Have you had the opportunity to see the Lion King in 3D yet? Sadly I havne’t but I have heard that it is amazing. I know that it’s a huge success at the box office. The Lion King is now officially the 10th most grossing ($$$$) film of all time. I think re-releasing the movie in theaters has a lot to do with that. It’s introduced the movie to a whole new generation. Whether the movie is in 3D or regular 2D it’s still an amazing movie. The soundtrack is equally as awesome. Currently the movie is available on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Download. Disney also has the FREE Second Screen Lion King application for iPads, iPods and phones that use applications.

Disney and Disney * Pixar now plans on re-releasing some of their classic movies in theaters, also making them in 3D.

I don’t know what is involved in making something 3D but I’m guessing it’s a lot easier then making an animation from scratch. But I am sure it’s still pretty involved.

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

– The Little Mermaid – September 13, 2013

I love this! These are some of my most favorite Disney and Disney * Pixar films. My husband’s too. My kids love Finding Nemo and Monsters, Inc. so I know they will be exited about them too.

Disney * Pixar is actually making a prequel to Monsters, Inc. called Monsters University. That movie will be released on June 21, 2013 and will also be in 3D.

2012 and 2013 seems so far away, but actually they are not. It’s already October. In two more months 2011 will be over, sad to say.

In case you are not familiar with the movies that will be re-released in theaters over the next couple of years here are some brief movie synopsis.

Originally released in 1991, Beauty and the Beast is a classic “tale as old as time” that follows the adventures of Belle, a bright young woman imprisoned in the castle of a mysterious beast and his enchanted staff, who must learn the most important lesson of all – that true beauty comes from within. Beauty and the Beast was the first animated film ever nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Picture, earning an additional five Oscar® nominations and winning two. It has grossed $380.4 million worldwide.

We named our kitten Bella. I was going to call her Belle after Belle from Beauty and the Beast (after all she ‘s our little princess) but it just didn’t seem to stick. We just kept calling her Bella instead. She does have the nickname “Baby Belle”. 🙂

First released in 2003, Disney•Pixar’s Finding Nemo takes audiences into a whole new world in this undersea adventure about family, courage and challenges. When Marlin, an overly cautious clown fish living in the Great Barrier Reef, helplessly watches his son get scooped up by a diver, he must put aside his fears of the ocean and leave the safety of his coral enclave to find Nemo. Buoyed by the companionship of Dory, a forgetful but relentlessly optimistic fish, Marlin finds himself the unlikely hero in a seemingly impossible land-and-sea rescue. Finding Nemo won an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature and was nominated for three others. With a total of $867.6 million worldwide, it was the second highest-grossing film of 2003.

In 2001, Disney•Pixar released Monsters, Inc. Lovable Sulley and his wisecracking sidekick Mike Wazowski are the top scare team at Monsters, Inc., the scream-processing factory in Monstropolis. But when a little girl named Boo wanders into their world, it’s up to Sulley and Mike to keep her out of sight and get her back home.Monsters, Inc. shattered every DVD-era home entertainment sales record when 11 million DVD/VHS copies were sold during its first week of release. It won an Academy Award® for Best Song and has grossed $526.9 million worldwide.

Released in 1989, The Little Mermaid, stars Ariel, a fun-loving and mischievous mermaid, off on the adventure of a lifetime with her best friend, the adorable Flounder, and the reggae-singing Caribbean crab Sebastian. But it will take all of her courage and determination to make her dreams come true and save her father’s beloved kingdom from the sneaky sea witch Ursula. One of the most celebrated animated films of all time, The Little Mermaid was nominated for three Academy Awards®, winning two. It has grossed $228.9 million worldwide.

This is truly exciting news. I cannot wait! It’s great that these classic movies are going to be available to a brand new generation of movie goers. I’m sure they will be just as successful as the Lion King.


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  1. judy gardner says:

    thank u for sharing! beauty and the beast is one of my favorite movies, and i am looking forward to seeing it in the theater again. i took my niece (who was 10 at the time) to see it back in 1991, and now i can take her child to see it in january. how cool is that?