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||Posted: Dec. 15, 2012, 11:06 am
The 3-D-ization of Pixar films and their re-release to theaters to reap more box office continues. This past September 2012 it was "Finding Nemo 3-D", now it's "Monsters, Inc. 3-D" December 19, 2012.
"Monsters, Inc." had the unusual timing of having originally been released shortly after the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks. This time it's re-released in a year of random mass shootings, one recently at an Oregon shopping mall and a week after 20 children and 6-7 adults (including the shooter) at an elementary school in CT and one in Summer 2012 at a movie theater in Aurora CO, among others.
To the good and positive: It's a beloved Pixar classic and taking over the reins from Disney animation's own successful "Wreck It Ralph" CGI animated film. And it's a Disney-Pixar family film, even though a rerelease, right at Christmas when kids are about to be off school and parents off work for the holidays. See it as originally intended: In theaters. 3-D technique freshens it up for new audiences, and it is a re-release as Walt always did re-releases to theaters.
Maybe iffy: It's a re-release, and sometimes you've seen it already on home video. Some people don't care about 3-D or the technique is not very good. Cheaper to see it in 2-D ! And the timing (not Disney's fault) of coming after a major news event school shooting in which 20 young children ages kindergarten-4th grade were shot dead might be unnerving in light of the fictional corporate motto in the movie "We Scare Because We Care" (Premise is that scaring little kids and giving them nightmares such that they scream at night releases energy which gets captured and operates the metropolis' power plant to generate electricity in the Monsters Inc. fictional world.) There's also competition in the marketplace for family films released in the holiday season, animated and live action. Is a re-release wise this time of year? The re-release of "Finding Nemo 3-D" last fall was financially underwhelming for Disney, when others in 3-D made more money. To some, the 3-D gimmick is getting old, and it's expensive. "The Hobbit" is newly released 12/14/2012 and is a major worldwide family film hit, although that is mainly for older boys and girls and "Monsters, Inc." can be for somewhat younger kids. Competition with a major family blockbuster also playing in theaters since 5 days before "Monsters Inc" opens.
Anyway, if you want to take your kids out to the movie theater, it's been a blockbuster year for movies this year. So watch those crowds and peek online before you head out the door, some showings of some movies get sold out early so plan ahead.