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Posted: Nov. 14, 2011, 3:05 pm Quote

Yep, now the 3-D conversion trend to older movie titles being reprocessed in 3-D and rereleased to movie theaters for limited engagements in slower movie-going times of year has found a beloved animation film from former Disney CEO Michael Eisner's term in office:  "Beauty and the Beast", in 3-D.  Coming to movie theaters equipped with 3-D projection technology, January 13, 2012 for "a limited engagement".

Movie poster is released about this..... The op one is the new one, the bottom one is from 1991 when BatB first was in movie theaters.  Which do you like best?  What do you think of the movie's title being sideways on the new poster????

http://www.cinemablend.com/new....17.html

The next movie from the vaults to be rereleased for a "limited engagement" in 3-D will be "Finding Nemo" in September 2012.   I would tend to think "Nemo" would look rather spiffy in 3-D !  

Most of BatB looks fine in traditional 2-D, but look for that fabulous ballroom dancing scene that clearly is in CGI.... that ought to look wonderful in 3-D !

Before you think Disney's scraping the bottom of the barrel, here....  Realize last fall's rerelease of "The Lion King" in 3-D made Disney a mint of money!  Why?  'Cause for family films and family animated films at the time there was a dearth, and TLK fit nicely in there to attract families to the flix.  Where 3-D is getting to be ho-hum for most other movies in the US, the title of TLK is very well known, very well respected, it's one of the classiest animation movies Disney ever made in the new modern era, people remember it.... and wanted to show their kids a truly fine movie.  Movies this year are suffering, box-office-wise.  Mediocre product, the 3-D gimmick is getting old and not special, people on a budget opt to see 2-D instead and save money. But they turned out for TLK, and it made quite a bit of money and surprised people it was that successful as a rerelease.  

That's probably why BatB is getting 3-D-ized..... there's money to be made.  

If you can't get to a Disney theme park to meet or dine with the Princesses or Belle, circle January 13, 2012 on your family calendar and dress a cute Disney fan little girl you know in Belle costume and head to the movie theater!  Maybe there is a nice place to go for a very special dressy girly type lunch or having a nice afternoon tea, make a day of it!

It's a neat little way for Disney to scoop up a little extra income by giving certain of their movies the 3-D treatment.... keeps up Walt Disney's old tradition of every seven years rereleasing it's older audience pleaser movies to theaters so new audiences can enjoy them.  In audio-video stores new TV sets capable of playing back 3-D DVD's and Blu-Rays await new titles of movies to home video so families can enjoy 3-D at home as well as movie theaters.  Disney wants to be in that number.  Months after January 13, 2012's limited run, look for a 3-D version of BatB on DVD and Blu-Ray, in case you own or want to buy such a TV set.
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Posted: Dec. 21, 2011, 6:06 am Quote

Just bumping this up to be more current.

TV commercials are showing up on cable TV channels for the 3-D version of BatB re-release January 13, 2012  

Between September 13-November 3, 2011 the 3-D re-release of "The Lion King" earned $94+ million at the box office, amazing for a movie originally released in 1994.  

Again, even Walt Disney knew that if you re-release movie titles to theaters periodically not only do you refresh those titles in the minds of your public, but frankly there's extra money to be made of off proven titles.  In our era of DVDs, Blu-Rays and downloads and Netflix and Redbox, it's unusual to re-release old movies to theaters.  

"The Lion King" 3-D re-release proved to be a hit.  Why, really?   It's probably because 1) It's a known quantity, everyone knows it and knows it's good both TLK last fall and BatB soon, and 2) What else that's out there for families is schlock by comparison, even if TLK last fall and BatB soon are decades old, and 3) TLK last fall and BatB soon are old enough as titles that those who saw them as children likely have fond memories and young children they are raising should see these (so those parents might reason), or feel romantic enough about BatB that it qualifies as either a "chick flick" or a G-rated date movie.

The addition of the 3-D post-production processing means Disney can play BatB as if it's a fresh product, make extra ticket money income from the couple of bucks difference in cost between 2-D and 3-D admission, and audiences overseas from the US aren't tired of the 3-D gimmick and extra cost yet, consequently they happily pay those extra couple of bucks admission and overseas markets can be lucrative.  BatB is kinda French, not overtly American, so it's lack of strictly US cultural focus means audiences outside the US will find it appealing.

The best scene in BatB that would look great in 3-D is the famous "Tale as Old as Time" ballroom waltzing scene when Belle in her ball gown and the Beast dance and start getting along better with each other.

Box office in 2011 is generally terrible.  Hollywood is panicking.  Despite there having been some blockbusters this year, when you look at overall audience attendance and how much money sequels make nowadays vs. their original versions, people more and more are staying away from movie theaters.  The unexpected level of success of TLK September-November in theaters in 2011 bucked that trend.  Duh....  put a GOOD movie into theaters, and they will come!

But back when Jeffrey Katzenburg was newly brought in by then-Disney CEO Michael Eisner to revitalize Disney Feature Animation in the late 1980s titles started appearing in movie theaters that were captivating to audiences, every movie had top caliber music, Broadway caliber, and the composing -writing duo of the late Howard Ashman and Alan Mencken could do no wrong.  Music earned Grammy awards.  BatB was the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture Oscar.  BatB spawned direct-to-video sequels, shows and character meet and greets in the parks, and it's own Broadway musical (the first Disney animated film to spawn the first stage musical for Disney theatrical productions).  

"Beauty and the Beast" can actually be nicknamed "BatB Was the Best".

Circle your January 2012 calendar for January 13, 2012 and bring the family, bring yourself, to BatB in 3-D.  Heaven knows with the snow, cold, real world cares and woes, we could certainly use a lot of Disney Pixie Dust right about now !   :pixiedust:  If you have little girls who love Disney Princesses, dress them up, visit the theater, then have after-movie high tea someplace royal and very special.  It'll be Disney Magical!   :pixiedust:  And who knows, maybe domestically make another $94+ million for Disney!
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Posted: Jan. 15, 2012, 5:46 am Quote

Opening day US box office according to BoxOfficeMojo.com : $5,609,000, opened #2 behind "Contraband" by $1.1 million difference.  This is a 1990's animated film being re-released in 3-D processing in 2012, and in a single day picked up $5,609,000 !  Not bad for recycling, and mirrors the success of "The Lion King" re-release in 3-D September 2011.  A "traditional" Disney film, from decades and a couple of generations ago, standing up well against present day, more adult-centered, cinematic competition.  

:thumbsup:  :pixiedust:

If life is throwing junk and negativity towards you and you need that dose of Pixie Dust to keep on keeping on, yeah maybe we all have some version of "Beauty and the Beast" on home video right there at home on a video library shelf....  If you can afford a day or evening at the flix, take your family out and experience one of the finer Disney animated films in the Michael Eisner era of being Disney CEO :  "Beauty and the Beast".  Watch the trailers for it online, the 3-D gimmick compliments an otherwise excellent movie, excellent cast, excellent songs, very Broadway.

And this winter treat from Disney's vaults won't stay in theaters forever.  Some of what Disney and even Pixar are promising for 2012 as new film projects don't look all that great.  It might be recycling from the vault some past hit classics (BatB was first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture Oscar in the days when Best Picture Oscar meant a prestigious product) will be the true "hits" Disney is looking for this year.  The other recycled hit to be re-released in 3-D in 2012 is "Finding Nemo" in September 2012.  Girly girl princessy little girls in your life, or even you, should take advantage of this rare opportunity to relive Disney animated film excellence while it lasts in theaters.  Soon.  Before the Disney magic of BatB gets put back in the vaults.

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Posted: Jan. 16, 2012, 11:06 am Quote

Disney opened "Beauty and the Beast 3-D" on a holiday weekend, Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Monday 3-day holiday, so a lot of children are off from school for three days.  But for the movie weekend of Friday-Saturday-Sunday Box Office Mojo.com BatB 3-D earned $18,490,000.  Children off from school on Monday might give Disney a bigger boost of this title at the box office than an ordinary Monday would normally provide.

How does this compare to September 2011's re-release in 3-D of "The Lion King" which amazed Hollywood about how well audiences went to see it?

Big snowstorms in the Midwest US January 2012 might have kept potential audiences away from TLK 3-D during what had been a relatively mild winter, vs. September 2011 when weather was relatively better except for summer hurricanes and tropical storms disturbing the Eastern US coastal states.

Lion King 3-D Re-Released Sept. 16, 2011 Friday, earned $8,919,921 Friday, $11,933,562 Saturday, $9.298,131 Sunday for an Opening Weekend total of $30,151,614.  Played in theaters 49 days/7 weeks, earned in US $93,223,606

Beauty and the Beast 3-D Re-Released Friday January 13, 2012 on 3-day Federal holiday weekend, earned $5,609,000 Friday, Saturday $6,718,000 and Sunday $6,163,000, Opening Weekend total, estimate, $18,490,000.  All figures for BatB for 2012 are estimates from Box Office Mojo.

So maybe not as lucrative as TLK a few months ago, but it's a rerelease so after distribution and marketing costs there is more money to be made than not, with a premium ticket price for 3-D, and there's a dearth of "new" or "fresh" family movie titles in theaters now.  It's doing as well as it can.

And a re-release of a 1990s animated film was, still, #2 at the US box office this weekend beating out more adult titles and longer running (since Christmas season) few family titles.
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Posted: Jan. 16, 2012, 1:21 pm Quote

I went Saturday, Carol, and I loved it!  I sprang for the 3D because it's the ONLY way I hadn't seen this movie before.... I was happy to see it was the original version of the film and not the remastered and enhanced version that hit theaters and IMax about 10 years ago....

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I was planning on going with two nieces this weekend until the nasy stomach bug took me down.  We are hoping to still go sometime this week.

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Posted: Jan. 28, 2012, 11:26 pm Quote

Liz, hope you're feeling better and you got to see the movie....

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Posted: Jan. 29, 2012, 12:35 pm Quote

It's a limited theatrical engagement, just so everyone knows.
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Posted: Jan. 30, 2012, 12:48 pm Quote

I went last weekend and I enjoyed it - I am sorry to say though I have become accustomed to the 30 minute stage show at Hollywood Studios so it seemed to be a bit long to me!  I did think it was beautifully done though!

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Posted: Jan. 31, 2012, 9:00 am Quote

In three weeks of theatrical re-release BatB 3-D has earned $41,110,138 according to BoxOfficeMojo.com, and finished this past weekend at #9 in the US box office.
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