Two Disney Classic Animated Films Return to Theaters Ahead of its Centennial Celebration





Disney is celebrating its 100th anniversary throughout October, including re-releasing some classic films in theaters.

The Lion King is back in theaters for the first time since its debut in 1994. Fans, old and new, can enjoy an encore release through October 12. Moana, which first hit theaters in 2016, will also grace the silver screen again from October 13 to 26. 

These films are the last two of eight re-released in theaters this year. Starting in July, Disney arranged staggered showings of Pirates of the Caribbean, Toy Story, Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, The Incredibles, and Coco, which finished its run on September 28.

Disney said its centennial celebration will be “unlike any party Disney has held before, but as Walt Disney once said, “We’re just getting started.”

On October 15, ABC will air The Wonderful World of Disney: Disney’s 100th Anniversary Celebration!. The animated tribute airs at 8:00 p.m. ET, hosted by Kelly Ripa, starting with an episode of America’s Funniest Home Videos, followed by a lineup of Disney highlights spanning decades. Fans will see a few sneak peeks into some upcoming Disney projects and catch the broadcasting premiere of Enchanto

Concluding the event is Once Upon a Studio, a short film directed by Dan Abraham and Trent Correy that brings together 543 beloved Disney characters from more than 85 films for a reunion.

Disney+ is joining the celebrations by offering subscribers a collection of films and series organized by decades. Members can watch the animated Disney collection starting in the 1920s with The Skeleton Dance and Snow White.

Check out Disney100 for more information and access to perks, including the official Disney 100th Anniversary Playlist available on Spotify. The website also hosts auctions featuring contributions from artists across fashion, film, music, and art. Disney is dedicating the proceeds to The Make-A-Wish Foundation and a $1 million donation.

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