‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘Finding Nemo’ Get 3D Re-Releases in 2012

Disney is also converting ‘Monsters Inc.’ and ‘The Little Mermaid’ to 3D for 2013 theatrical re-releases.

Disney schedules Beauty and the Beast 3D re-release for January 13
Disney schedules Beauty and the Beast 3D re-release for January 13
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

"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."

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.

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 clownfish 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.

Beauty and the Beast was released November 22nd, 1991 and stars Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers, Angela Lansbury, Bradley Pierce, Rex Everhart. The film is directed by Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise.

Finding Nemo was released May 30th, 2003 and stars Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe, Brad Garrett, Allison Janney, Austin Pendleton, Stephen Root. The film is directed by Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich.

Monsters Inc. was released November 2nd, 2001 and stars John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Mary Gibbs, Steve Buscemi, James Coburn, Jennifer Tilly, Bob Peterson, John Ratzenberger. The film is directed by Pete Docter, David Silverman, Lee Unkrich.

The Little Mermaid was released September 20th, 2013 and stars Rene Auberjonois, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Jodi Benson, Pat Carroll, Paddi Edwards, Buddy Hackett, Jason Marin, Kenneth Mars. The film is directed by Ron Clements, John Musker.

Sources: Walt Disney Pictures

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Comments (23)

  1. Seanserv0

    Dammit disney... first avatar land and now this? Well... there's always tomorrow... maybe someday you'll stop selling out... *sigh*

    3 years agoby @seanserv0Flag

  2. MovieFan9482

    This could be the new trend for Hollywood, first it was a bunch of remakes, now instead of remakes just re-release originals. Although there are movies out there i wouldn't mind seeing in the theaters again or for the first time.

    3 years agoby @moviefan9482Flag

  3. Dan

    Not surprised. But instead of seeing all those, I'll see Brave next year. Something new.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  4. LuxoIII

    @Dragon1991@moviemaniac66@corey Of course it's about money, it's the movie business! It's all about money and that's how it's always been and always how it will be!! I can't stand it when people complain about film companies because THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE THERE FOR!!!! There'd be no movies at all today if people didn't make major profits on them!!! And besides, this is nothing new for Disney to re-release they're films and if they can't seem to make any good movies these days, why not just re-release ones that everyone knows are great and are still highly profitable? It's a win-win situation.

    3 years agoby @brady1138Flag

  5. MovieManiac

    I cannot stand 3-D re-releases. They are so pointless and they are just complete money grabbings.

    3 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  6. moviegeek

    Thumbs WAY up for Finding Nemo!! That's the only movie I've ever watched that made me say: "This should be in 3D". The others... NO.

    3 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  7. Jay.A.Ottley

    @ejk1 Disney's animated classics are amazing on the big screen. Although i never got to see them as a child, well some of them but,I got to love Disney and BFI for the Disney 50th Animated Tour, cause i'm getting to see them all on the big screen

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  8. Corey W.


    I'm okay with Beauty and the Beast but Finding Nemo hasn't even been out for a decade. No point in re-releasing it in 3D.

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  9. ejk1

    Yeah, all of you make a great point about the "milking" thing, but I get to see Beauty & the Beast in theaters again. Besides, it isn't like Disney has never rereleased their classics. When I was a child, I got to see all of the old films like Bambi, Snow White, Cinderella, Peter Pan, etc. in the movie theater, as have some of you I imagine.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  10. ChiRep_1

    I wish I got an extra $80 million for something I did 15 years ago....

    Lets not forget how much more it'll make from Blu Ray/DVD releases.

    3 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  11. CelluloidDreams

    This 3-D is just getting to much!!Over-Kill!!

    3 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  12. Dragon1991

    So let the milking begin.

    3 years agoby @Dragon1991Flag

  13. Jay.A.Ottley

    @kguy hmmmm really i wouldn't mind BATB in 3D but i couldn't give too much for TLM in 3D


    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  14. Jay.A.Ottley

    Haha knew this was coming, well the beauty and the beast one, didn't expect the others and really do any of the other needs to be 3d

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  15. m2

    @thedude-abides very true.

    3 years agoby @m2Flag

  16. MovieFreak97

    Beauty and the Beast has already received a 3D Blu-ray release and apparently looks amazing, so no surprise there. Monsters Inc. and Finding Nemo are Pixar, which will most certainly benefit from 3D. As for The Little Mermaid, yes it'll probably look spectacular, but id Disney wants to convert another hand drawn film, I'd rather see either Tarzan or Aladdin.

    But I'm not complaining, The Lion King was amazing in 3D and was great to see on the big screen for those of us who were too young to see it the first time. I really don't see any reason to get upset.

    3 years agoby @moviefreak97Flag

  17. Movieman12517

    no aladdin? better be getting the blu ray out soon

    3 years agoby @movieman12517Flag

  18. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    I can't really complain. People my age went to see it more than kids. It's really all about the experience of reliving a classic at the theater for those who never had the chance

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  19. thedude-abides

    No surprise here. The Lion King opened pandora's box for Disney 3D re-releases. Now the flood gates are open.

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  20. K.Guy

    But, seriously only Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid needs it.

    3 years agoby @kguyFlag

  21. LuxoIII

    Sadly, I missed The Lion King 3D, but I can say that I definitely advocate a 3D re-release of Pixar films, because Toy Story 1 and 2 3D turned out to be pretty well-made conversion jobs. The only 3D I ever really enjoyed. And does this mean we'll finally get Finding Nemo on Blu-Ray?!

    3 years agoby @brady1138Flag

  22. ROFLitschristian


    If you can't read between the dots, I'm saying, "What.... the f*ck."

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  23. K.Guy

    And BOOM goes the dynamite. The future is now highly predictable.

    3 years agoby @kguyFlag

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