Disney to Release 'Beauty and the Beast' & 'Finding Nemo' in 3D

Beauty and the Beast Disney cartoon Belle
Beast (Robby Benson), Belle (Paige O'Hara), Beauty and the Beast

The Lion King 3D, a movie originally released in standard format back in 1994, has become the sleeper hit this early fall in North America. Whereas most new releases are bombing right and left, The Lion King 3D has brought in nearly $80 million domestically (it'll pass that mark today) and about $20 million internationally since its rerelease two-and-a-half weeks ago.

No one needed an MBA or facsimile to predict that Disney – and likely other studios – would be rereleasing old 2D movies converted to the 3D format. Next in line for Disney are Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and the Pixar titles Finding Nemo and Monsters, Inc.

As per The Hollywood Reporter, Beauty and the Beast 3D begins its limited theatrical run next Jan. 13. Directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, and featuring the voices of Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Angela Lansbury, David Ogden Stiers, and Jerry Orbach, Beauty in the Beast became the first animated feature to receive a Best Picture Academy Award nomination back in early 1992.

Finding Nemo 3D will follow suit on Sept. 14 and Monsters, Inc. 3D on Jan. 18, 2013. The Little Mermaid 3D comes out on Sept. 13, 2013.

“Great stories and great characters are timeless, and at Disney we're fortunate to have a treasure trove of both,” Walt Disney Studios president Alan Bergman was quoted as saying. In other words: “If we can make a quick buck by recycling old stuff, we'll go for it.”

So, expect the chance to smell The Lion King's Musafa and all the fish swimming about in Finding Nemo if either Odorama or Smell-o-Vision ever catches on.

Beauty and the Beast picture: Walt Disney Studios.

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