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Disney announces four more 3D rereleases

Thanks to surprising success of The Lion King 3D, which has grossed more than $80M in the U.S. alone in less than three weeks, Disney has announced 3D releasess for four more of its animated catalog titles: Beauty and the Beast; Finding Nemo; Monsters Inc. and The Little Mermaid.

The films will be released over the next four years beginning in January 2012 with the 1991 hit Beauty and the Beast. Finding Nemo will follow in September 2012 followed by Monsters Inc. in January 2013 and The Little Mermaid in September 2013.

“Great stories and great characters are timeless, and at Disney we’re fortunate to have a treasure trove of both,” Alan Bergman, president of Walt Disney Studios, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to give audiences of all ages the chance to experience these beloved tales in an exciting new way with 3-D –- and in the case of younger generations, for the first time on the big screen.”

The 3D conversion for The Lion King reportedly cost just $10M. The film gets released on Blu-ray, DVD and Blu-ray 3D this Friday (October 7).

Source: 24 Frames | LA Times