Nemo, Little Mermaid swimming to theaters in 3D

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Finding Nemo (2003) - PIXAR

Find­ing Nemo (2003) — PIXAR

Find­ing Nemo,” “The Lit­tle Mer­maid,” “Beauty And The Beast” and “Mon­sters, Inc.” will make their 3D the­atri­cal debuts in 2012 and 2013, The Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios announced Tuesday.

Great sto­ries and great char­ac­ters are time­less, and at Dis­ney, we’re for­tu­nate to have a trea­sure trove of both,” said Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios pres­i­dent Alan Bergman.

On the heels of the phe­nom­e­nal suc­cess of The Lion King 3D — which was set to cross the $80 mil­lion mark at the domes­tic box office Tues­day — The Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios announced lim­ited the­atri­cal engage­ments for four of its clas­sic films for the first time in 3D.

The fol­low­ing titles from Walt Dis­ney and Pixar Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios will be released in 2012 and 2013:

Beauty And The Beast – Jan­u­ary 13, 2012
Disney-Pixar’s Find­ing Nemo – Sep­tem­ber 14, 2012
Disney-Pixar’s Mon­sters, Inc. – Jan­u­ary 18, 2013 (Mon­sters Uni­ver­sity, a pre­quel to the orig­i­nal film, arrives in the­aters in Dis­ney Dig­i­tal 3D on June 21, 2013)
The Lit­tle Mer­maid – Sep­tem­ber 13, 2013

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,” said Bergman.

Orig­i­nally released in 1991, Beauty And The Beast is a clas­sic “tale as old as time” that fol­lows the adven­tures of Belle, a bright young woman impris­oned in the cas­tle of a mys­te­ri­ous beast and his enchanted staff, who must learn the most impor­tant les­son of all — that true beauty comes from within. Beauty and the Beast was the first ani­mated film ever nom­i­nated for an Acad­emy Award for Best Pic­ture, earn­ing an addi­tional five Oscar nom­i­na­tions and win­ning two. It has grossed $380.4 mil­lion worldwide.

First released in 2003, Disney-Pixar’s Find­ing Nemo takes audi­ences into a whole new world in this under­sea adven­ture about fam­ily, courage and chal­lenges. When Mar­lin, an overly cau­tious clown­fish liv­ing in the Great Bar­rier Reef, help­lessly watches his son get scooped up by a diver, he must put aside his fears of the ocean and leave the safety of his coral enclave to find Nemo. Buoyed by the com­pan­ion­ship of Dory, a for­get­ful but relent­lessly opti­mistic fish, Mar­lin finds him­self the unlikely hero in a seem­ingly impos­si­ble land-and-sea res­cue. Find­ing Nemo won an Acad­emy Award for Best Ani­mated Fea­ture and was nom­i­nated for three oth­ers. With a total of $867.6 mil­lion world­wide, it was the sec­ond highest-grossing film of 2003.

In 2001, Disney-Pixar released Mon­sters, Inc. Lov­able Sul­ley and his wise­crack­ing side­kick Mike Wazowski are the top scare team at Mon­sters, Inc., the scream-processing fac­tory in Mon­s­trop­o­lis. But when a lit­tle girl named Boo wan­ders into their world, it’s up to Sul­ley and Mike to keep her out of sight and get her back home. Mon­sters, Inc. shat­tered every DVD-era home enter­tain­ment sales record when 11 mil­lion DVD/VHS copies were sold dur­ing its first week of release. It won an Acad­emy Award for Best Song and has grossed $526.9 mil­lion worldwide.

Released in 1989, The Lit­tle Mer­maid stars Ariel, a fun-loving and mis­chie­vous mer­maid, off on the adven­ture of a life­time with her best friend, the adorable Floun­der, and the reggae-singing Caribbean crab Sebas­t­ian. But it will take all of her courage and deter­mi­na­tion to make her dreams come true and save her father’s beloved king­dom from the sneaky sea witch Ursula. One of the most cel­e­brated ani­mated films of all time, The Lit­tle Mer­maid was nom­i­nated for three Acad­emy Awards, win­ning two. It has grossed $228.9 mil­lion worldwide.

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