Disney: Additional 3D Re-Releases Will Follow “The Lion King”

On Tuesday, Disney announced plans to release 3D versions of four of their classic animated movies following the recent renewed box office success of The Lion King. The 1994 drama about the lion cub heir to a jungle kingdom topped the weekend box office two weeks in a row and has earned almost $80 million in ticket sales since it was re-released into theaters last month.

Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., and The Little Mermaid will make 3D theatrical debut in 2012 and 2013, the studio said Tuesday.

According to Alan Bergman, president of Walt Disney Studios:

“Great stories and great characters are timeless, and at Disney we’re fortunate to have a treasure trove of both. 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.”

A 3D version of Beauty and the Beast, which originally opened in 1991, will hit screens in January. That will be succeeded by a 3D adaptation of Disney Pixar’s fish tale, Finding Nemo. It will open in Sept. 2012. The following January will see the updated version of 2001’s Monsters Inc., followed by the 3D remake of 1989’s The Little Mermaid the subsequent September.