You can call it the Lion King 3-D effect: Disney announced today that it will re-release stereoscopic 3-D versions of Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc. and The Little Mermaid in theaters in 2012 and 2013. This is a direct result of the phenomenal success of The Lion King 3-D’s re-release which will cross the $80 million mark at the domestic box office today (Oct.3).
According to the studio, the following dates have been set for the four features:
- Beauty and the Beast: January 13, 2012
- Finding Nemo: September 14, 2012
- Monsters, Inc.: January 18, 2013 (the prequel Monsters University comes out on June 21, 2013)
- The Little Mermaid: September 13, 2013
“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. “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.”
Now that’s some news that will brighten any animation lover’s day.