May 26, 2017

“Beauty and the Beast” sing-alongs heading to local theaters

By Sean O’Connell Belle and her Beast are about to venture down a trail blazed by “Grease.”

Disney’s Oscar-nominated animation classic “Beauty and the Beast” is the next picture to receive a theatrical, sing-along run. In partnership with National CineMedia’s Fathom unit, the Mouse House is going to re-release a high-definition, two-dimensional version of “Beauty” into theaters on Sept. 29 and Oct. 2.

This will whet the whistles of “Beast” fans who were anticipating a 3-D version of the film in 2011. Disney apparently is going ahead with those plans (despite rumors that they were sacking the project), but not it will be postponed until 2012, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

“This is a very exciting release for the company as one of America’s most cherished animated musicals is diligently restored and rereleased to all new heights in high definition,” said Lori MacPherson, executive vice president of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

In the story, Disney also announced that following the sing-along presentations, the studio plans to re-release the sing-along “Beauty” on home entertainment, so fans can have it for themselves.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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