’Nemo,’ ’Mermaid,’ ’Beast’ and ’Monsters’ go 3-D

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Finding Nemo,” “The Little Mermaid” and two other animated Walt Disney tales are following “The Lion King” into 3-D mode on the big-screen.

Disney announced Tuesday that the 3-D reissues will begin Jan. 13 with 1991’s “Beauty and the Beast,” the first animated feature ever nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards.

The studio will follow with 3-D re-releases of 2003’s “Finding Nemo” on Sept. 14 of next year, 2001’s “Monsters, Inc.” on Jan. 18, 2013, and 1989’s “The Little Mermaid” on Sept. 13, 2013. “Monsters University,” a 3-D prequel to “Monsters Inc.,” comes out June 21, 2013.

Disney’s 1994 hit “The Lion King” far exceeded the studio’s expectations in a 3-D theatrical reissue, pulling in $80 million domestically since debuting Sept. 16.

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