BURBANK, Calif. — October 4, 2011 — On the heels of the phenomenal success ofÂ 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
- Disneyâ€¢Pixar’sÂ Finding Nemo — September 14, 2012
- Disneyâ€¢Pixar’sÂ 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,Â 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.Â Beauty and the Beast was the first animated film ever nominated for an Academy AwardÂ® for Best Picture, earning an additional five OscarÂ® nominations and winning two. It has grossed $380.4 million worldwide.