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New Releases...and Some Surprises

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Box Office Mojo today posted the latest edition of their release dates for upcoming films. Some films now have new release dates, some films have been shelved, and some films have been revealed. Care to take a guess at the surprises in store?

As this article will tell, some pretty interesting upcoming releases in animation have been revealed. The first thing that catches one's attention would be the release of four Disney classics in 3D. This is likely to follow the trend that The Lion King created when it was released earlier last month.


As was announced a few years ago, Disney has been transitioning Beauty and the Beast into 3D, but halted the process when it became clear they would receive more money through the Blu-ray release instead. But now with the success of The Lion King 3D, Beauty and the Beast has been taken off the shelf and will be finished just in time for a January 13, 2012 release. Also, The Little Mermaid will undergo a 3D transition as well and is currently scheduled to release on September 13, 2013. Yes, it's almost two full years down the line, but there are several reasons for this; the biggest one is that The Little Mermaid was shot with tradition film instead of digitally, so it will take longer to make the 3D transition.

And then next on the list are Pixar films, two to be exact. Finding Nemo will be re-released in 3D on September 14, 2012, and Monsters, INC will be re-released on January 18, 2013. So it would appear that Disney and Pixar are going to re-release films every half-year, so who knows what will be coming up next?

But the biggest surprise on the list? Apparently, a theatrical Phineas and Ferb film is going to be released on July 26, 2013. How is this surprising? First of all, Phineas and Ferb is the last and currently only animated TV show that airs on The Disney Channel. This summer, the made-for-television film Phineas and Ferb: Across the Second Dimension in Fabulous 2D aired on Disney, and approximately 50 million people in the US watched it the whole way through, with viewership peaking at 75 million. That's huge; if it were a theatrical film, it could have easily made $150 million.

Phineas and Ferb

The last time a Disney Channel animated series produced a theatrical movie was A Goofy Movie in 1995. Now it looks like Phineas and Ferb is going to be the next one!

A recent press release from Disney has stated that a major announcement in the animation department will be made around Christmastime. What will it be about? Names for PIxar's two new films (involving the inside of the human mind, and a dinosaur story)? Or maybe (and hopefully) they'll announce that The Snow Queen is back in production. or something completely different. Whatever the case, stay tuned for updates!

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October 20, 2011
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I think Beauty and the Beast returning to big screen and Little Mermaid as well is all well and good, but it's almost like putting them in the same league as the king of animated films. ( Lion King. )
@Steet: I disagree on your points concerning Phineas and Ferb. Kick Buttowski is retarded and Fish Hooks is moronic, but Phineas and Ferb is extremely likable. It's the style of the art and repeatable plots that we kids like. It's original in the dialogue, and funny without being crude (which is almost the hardest, most longed-for quality of animated series' that I can think of.). One of the things about Phineas and Ferb I like best is that you can imagine how much fun it would be to participate in the character's inventions; riding on the Coolest Coaster Ever, or floating around in a big bubble over your home town, or gliding around in your newly anti-gravity backyard. And the morals are actually pretty good, in that you should seize the day and not to be lazy. I think it's a step towards good quality Disney TV; enough with the live-action crud like Suite Life on Deck, Kickin' It, A.N.T. Farm. At least they actually HAVE an animated show.

And hey, there's a song in every episode, almost. It's meant to be funny and fun, not a series, plotted mini-movie in every episode. Don't hear me bashing Disney Afternoon; Phineas and Ferb can not be compared to that. But it is for fun, and I had more laughs watching that than I did watching Tarzan ir Ilo and Stitch the Series. Looking back to the good ol' days of Disney Afternoon, and comparing it to Phineas and Ferb, I think I almost enjoyed both of them equally.

At first when watching it, I said I didn't like it and it was way too 'nautical nonsense-ish' for quality Disney. But since then, it's been like a breath of fresh air after the stale age of Hannah Montanna and the other non-animated shows. Sorry to rant, but, y'know, not sorry for stickin' up for the show, if I may be so dramatic as to put it that way.

October 16, 2011
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Holy cow, Phineas and Ferb is comin' back two years from now! WHOOOO HOO!

October 14, 2011
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HOLY cow, July 3013!? XDD I was suprised there when i read that!

October 14, 2011
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Sounds like all the good films are being re-leased! lol
Good to hear ;)

October 14, 2011
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I was refering to the original ones that showed on the original Disney Channel and not its spin-offs; Recess for example was aired on Disney's One Saturday Morning, a completely separate channel, so if you want to include those, the last one was "Teacher's Pet" in 2005.

However, I am glad that these films are going back to the big screen period. For over a decade now, the only way we've seen re-releases are through home video--definitely NOT the original format intended for these films. I didn't go to see The Lion King for the 3D; I went to see it to see it on the big screen! And I'm sure that's why most other people went to see it as well; the 3D just came as a bonus. I hope these new films will perform well at the box office, as it would mean that, perhaps, more older films (as you said, Steet, lesser-known films) will get a theatrical re-release in the same fashion, and maybe could even become very popular. I guess time will tell.

October 14, 2011
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I forecasted this (the re-release of other traditional films) in the last news, if you read my comments again...So it's no surprise to me. Again, "$$$" is the only thing that interest companies...And for once, traditional animated films doing well at the box office (even with the 3D gimmick), they had to jump at the opportunity! (I still think the 3D gimmick helped but isn't the reason of the success...)

Still it's a great news! I only hoped they would take this opportunity to put lesser known films to the big screen again (like, The great mouse detective, for example) because, well, everyone has already seen these movies many times and they don't need to be more popular.

This may also help a little to get new traditional films, but for now, I won't bet on it.

As for the Phineas & Ferb film, I really don't see how it can be so popular. The series isn't good, poor art style, very repetitive schemes, characters only aimed at kids/teens, no depth, no morale...Not the worst, sure (especially when compared to Disney's "Fish Hooks" or "Kick Buttowski" *shudders*), but clearly not good either. I think I just don't understand nowaday's kids because I feel this is really poor entertainment when compared to the Disney Afternoon shows. (again, you can only like what you can access...)
You're wrong about one thing, "A Goofy Movie" wasn't the last TV show on the big screen, I think there were others like "Recess", but these were second-class series so it's not surprising no one knows about them.

October 14, 2011
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I knew this was happening, but I didn't know it was sooooooo far away!

October 14, 2011
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I agree, Aladdin would be pretty cool in 3D. But I'm a lot more excited about the re-releases than I am about the 3D. I never saw these in theaters, and just the fact that they're being put up on the big screen again is what's really special; and not the cheap effects that do barely anything to make it "better".

October 14, 2011
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I swear everyone is just getting to obsessed with 3D! The fact that previous movies that were huge successes are being re-released is awesome, but it is required that they have to be in 3D? Not that there's anything wrong with 3D, it's just that once you start showing practically every movie there is in 3D it gets old! And I can't believe Phineas and Ferb are getting a theatrical movie!!! ░x░ :icon98:

October 13, 2011
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