Date: 15th February 2001
Disney announced Wednesday that it plans to release an Imax version of its 1991 animated feature Beauty and the Beast on March 8, 2002 and will include a new musical number, Human Again, from the stage version of the musical.
The studio said that it had never before added a new sequence to a previously released film. It marks the second time that Disney has teamed up with Toronto-based Imax. Last year it released Fantasia/2000 on 75 Imax screens, where it took in $64.4 million during a four-month run. In a statement on Wednesday, Dick Cook, chairman of Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group, said: "The success of Fantasia/2000 clearly indicates that Disney entertainment and giant-screen showmanship go together like Mickey and Minnie, and this is a relationship we want to continue."
Disney also indicated that it is planning to produce Imax versions of the Broadway musical Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk, a prequel to The Black Stallion, and nature-adventure film called Birds of Prey and a film about the X Games.
Source: Studio Briefing