Disney To Re-Release More Classic Films After ‘Lion King’ Success

It seems that the old saying “everything old is new again” holds true at the box office as well. After a successful run for “The Lion King,” which hit theaters in 3-D last month for a limited run, Disney will release several more classic flicks to theaters.

The Associated Press reports that after the re-release of the beloved 1994 film has grossed about $80 million at the box office there are plans to release four more.

What will hit your local Cineplex? “Beauty and the Beast” arrives in January 2012 and “Finding Nemo” in September of that year. “Monsters Inc.” will hit in January 2013 with “The Little Mermaid” following close behind in September 2013.

The studio seems excited by all the nostalgia and the prospect of introducing these classic pictures to a whole new generation of animation fans. In a statement, Disney Studios President Alan Bergman said that Disney is “thrilled to give audiences of all ages the chance to experience these beloved tales in an exciting new way.”

He continued that “great stories and great characters are timeless, and at Disney we’re fortunate to have a treasure trove of both.”

When MTV News spoke to Jonah Hill recently he commented on the re-releases. His flick, “Moneyball,” went up against “The Lion King” and lost. He noted his concerns about just re-releasing films instead of trying to come up with brand new ideas.

“I’m not mad at ’The Lion King,’ ” Hill said with sincerity and a smile. “I just think if everyone goes to see a movie that’s 20 years old getting re-released, they’re just going to re-release 20-year-old movies instead of making new original movies, and that would be a shame.”

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