While other studios look to shift their films out of the congested but lucrative Christmas schedule, Disney/Pixar has decided to move in with the 3D version of “Monsters, Inc.”
Disney and Pixar had slated the re-release of the animated blockbuster for Friday, Jan. 18, but it will now debut the film Dec. 19, a Wednesday.
The Christmas schedule is so crowded that DreamWorks just decided to move Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” to November.
That movie, directed by Spielberg and starring two-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis, didn’t fit because of a number of films opening in a stretch of less than two weeks, including “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained,” Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of "The Great Gatsby,” Kathryn Bigelow’s film about the killing of Osama Bin Laden, Tom Cruise as “Jack Reacher” and Judd Apatow’s latest, “This is 40."
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However, none of those would be defined as family fare — audiences can expect supreme violence in “Django,” bawdy jokes with Apatow and so on.
The only animated films set to open within range of "Monsters, Inc." both come out in November – Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph” and DreamWorks Animation’s “Rise of the Guardians.”