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

By the Associated Press | October 4, 2011 | 3:55 PM EDT

FILE - In this promotional photo released by Disney Pixar Animation, Dory, lower left, and Marlin, lower right, face an ocean full of perils in their efforts to rescue Nemo in this scene from Pixar Animation Studios :Finding Nemo." The Walt Disney Studios has announced limited theatrical engagements for four of its classic films for the first time in 3D. "Beauty and the Beast," " Finding Nemo," "Monsters Inc.," and "The Little mermaid," will be re-released in 3D in 2012-2013. (AP Photo/Pixar Animation Studios, File)

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.