For better or worse, you will now be able to watch Beauty and the Beast while teacup saucers and plates whiz past your head.
The massive success of Disney’s The Lion King in 3D has prompted the studio to announce that four of its animated films—two old animated classics and two Pixar ventures—will be rereleased in 3D: Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc. and The Little Mermaid.
The Lion King: 3D has been a runaway smash, raking in $80 million in the U.S. and almost $100 million worldwide since its release just three and a half weeks ago. Whether it was an interest in seeing the classic film in 3D that was the draw or rather just a desire to relive a story that held so much influence for a generation of young adults is unknown. (We have a feeling it might be the latter—who didn’t cry their eyes out when Mufasa died? Not since Bambi had a children’s film tackled death in such a terrifying, yet profound way.) Either way, their “limited run” of the film running up to The Lion King Blu-ray release has gotten the Walt Disney film executives looking back into their archives, hoping to replicate its surprise success.
The 3D version of the 1991 Academy Award-winning fairytale Beauty and the Beast will hit theaters on January 13, 2012, followed by Pixar’s 2003 film Finding Nemo on September 14, 2012.
Pixar’s 2001 film Monsters, Inc. will release its 3D update in January 18, 2013, six months before its prequel, Monsters University, opens in theaters. The final announced rerelease, 1989’s The Little Mermaid, will premiere September 13, 2013.
The rerelease will no doubt be a great way for younger generations to enjoy and be introduced to some of Disney’s best stories, but we just hope it’s worth the headache hangover from the 3D eyeglasses.