The Lion King has exceeded the expectations of nearly everyone since its 3D re-release a couple of weeks ago, and being that Walt Disney is a company that likes making money they are going to strike while the iron is hot. The studio sent out a press release earlier today, announcing that four of their classic titles will be seeing a theatrical release in the next two years. Yes, I said four. Overkill is not in Walt Disney’s vocabulary. But before I get into what the company has chosen to tickle your nostalgia bone, I must make this clear: THEY WERE ALREADY BEING CONVERTED TO 3D ANYWAY. This isn’t some rush job brought on by The Lion King; at the very least, they were being reformatted for release on Blu-ray in 3D. Got it? Cool. Let’s see how the release schedule shakes out, and get ready for some random opinions/nonsense for each. You’re excited.
Beauty and the Beast – January 13, 2012
I’ve actually heard that this was headed to theaters in 3D anyway, so this shouldn’t surprise anyone. And it’s one of Disney’s most popular animated films; it was even nominated for Best Picture at the 1992 Academy Awards. Beauty and the Beast doesn’t mess around. With that said though…I’ve never seen it. No I’m not kidding. For some reason it always escaped me and I just never went back to check it out; I was too busy watching other things or discovering girls to make the time. So while some of you are tickled pink at this idea, it does nothing for me. Maybe I’ll check it out this time.
Finding Nemo – September 14, 2012
The first of two Pixar movies to see re-release in 3D, Finding Nemo is also one of the most beloved animated films to come out from the studio(s). And people really love this thing; I have friends who quote lines from it to this day and whenever the name gets brought up it’s usually followed with a giddy squeal and someone gushing about how much they love it. Unlike Beauty and the Beast, I have seen Finding Nemo; it was one of the first movie dates I ever went on. But I didn’t find it that great (could be the fact I just wanted to make out with said girl I was on a date on). This will probably make a ton of money though, maybe the most out of all of these; Pixar movies are more in the public conscience than the others and that alone should net it more cash. Sorry, Simba.
Monsters Inc. – January 18, 2013
The other Pixar movie to get the 3D treatment, but this one serves more of a purpose than the others; the prequel, Monsters University, will be released later in the year (June to be exact) and putting out Monsters Inc. will generate renewed interest as well as any new fans that are just being introduced to it for the first time. This is the other one of the re-releases I’ve never seen; the only connection I have to it is that I got the nickname “Sully” from one of my co-workers because of it. But out of all the ones coming out this is the one I have the most interest in seeing. Maybe it’s because I feel left out, or maybe it’s because I can only get hard to the smooth vocals of Billy Crystal (my therapist has yet to deduce why).
The Little Mermaid – September 13, 2013
If you didn’t start humming “Under the Sea” when you read the title, then there’s a good chance you’re dead inside. I love The Little Mermaid to death, and it’s one of the best Disney movies to ever be conceived. It’s also one of the scarier ones, with a villain that should make the younger set not used to being challenged quiver and most likely soil themselves. I hope Disney is ready with an apology after the first night.
So those are the four Walt Disney is going with and it’s a good mix of both classic animated films and the newer/more “hip” Pixar offerings. I’m not sure if they’ll set the box office ablaze like The Lion King did, but they should at least make for good advertisements for their 3D Blu-rays. And in the end, isn’t that the most important thing of all?