Disney to Re-Release More Classics in Theaters

Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc. and The Little Mermaid will be re-released in 3D in 2012 and 2013.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

In a move that surprises no one, except apparently poor Sully up there in the header image, Disney just minutes ago announced that they plan to re-release even more of their classic movies in theaters in 2012 and 2013. The announcement comes after the recent re-release of The Lion King – a 17-year-old movie – just surpassed an additional $80 million at the box office to become the tenth highest grossing movie of all time (domestic, theatrical release, not adjusted for inflation). 

In a new press release, Disney states that they intend to re-release for relatively recent classic motion pictures on the big screen in… sigh… 3D. We'll pretend we didn't hear that part and get excited anyway. As we've said repeatedly at CraveOnline before, we'd rather see an influx of re-released classic films in theaters than the seemingly never-ending stream of tired remakes of those same movies. The first four films to get the re-release treatment are The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo. Great films the lot of them.

The release schedule is currently as follows:

Beauty and the Beast – January 13, 2012

Finding Nemo – September 14, 2012

Monsters, Inc. – January 18, 2013 (the prequel, Monsters Universitywill be released theatrical in Disney Digital 3D six months later, on June 21, 2013)

The Little Mermaid – September 13, 2013

Hopefully the opportunity to see each of these films as originally intended, in glorious 2-dimensions, will present itself as well.

CraveOnline will be back with more re-release news very soon, as we seriously expect them to be the wave of the future, or at least the hot new industry trend. What movies would you like to see re-released?