'Beauty' gets sing-along rerelease

Disney's animated musical to hit theaters Sept. 29 and Oct. 2

"Grease" has greased the way for a new sing-along rerelease from Disney, this time involving its animated musical feature "Beauty and the Beast."

The Burbank studio rang up more than $305,000 from a couple dozen "Grease Sing-a-long" runs in July and August. National CineMedia's Fathom alternative-programming unit is a partner in the latest plans, which will see an HD 2D restoration of "Beauty" unspool in sing-along form in a limited number of theaters Sept. 29 and Oct. 2.

Disney is expected to rerelease "Beauty" in 3D in 2012 after postponing the 3D rerelease from a previous 2011 slot.

The theatrical sing-alongs are products of the studio's home entertainment division. As with the earlier project, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will rerelease the sing-along "Beauty" once it has completed its brief theatrical excursion.

"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," WDSHE executive vp Lori MacPherson said.
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