When Disney announced that it would release a 3D version of its 1991 classic Beauty and the Beast, movie fans were stunned. Re-releasing an old film? Cannibalizing its own products? Trying to make more money on something without having to put forth any new creative effort? That's not like Disney at all!

Now comes the news, first reported by Coming Soon, that Beauty 3D is, um, not coming soon. Previously slotted for 2011, it has been taken off the schedule altogether. Did the Mouseketeers change their minds and scrap the 3D release entirely? Or has it simply been postponed? Disney publicists haven't responded yet to Cinematical's requests for clarification, but both scenarios are possible. Let us examine them.

Supporting the theory that Beauty 3D is canceled altogether is the fact that its removal from the 2011 schedule came at the same time that Disney-Pixar's Newt was removed -- and by all accounts Newt really is dead. It would be unusual to take a film off one year's schedule without giving it at least a "TBA" slot for the following year, unless it's gone for good. And while Disney has sunk some money into the 3D conversion for Beauty and the Beast, it's not like they've made something from scratch and it would be a colossal waste to ditch it.