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

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: 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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