Pixars's Toy Story 3D Conversion Leaves Films Unchanged
I'm not the biggest fan of Toy Story, but it is a true classic for being the movie that Pixar began with back in 1995. As I'm sure everyone knows, Disney is releasing both Toy Story and Toy Story 2 in 3D in October next year and February the following year, respectively. As every movie geek knows, George Lucas went back and added some rather unnecessary scenes to the first three Star Wars films in their re-release in 1997. And the reason why this news is worth mentioning today is because it shows that Pixar, in opposition to George Lucas, is leaving both films untouched in their conversion to 3D and re-release. "There's no new shots... It's exactly the same movie you saw before."
Frosty at Collider caught up with Pixar General Manager Jim Morris recently and asked him about any changes we might see. "We're not changing a thing in the movies. We're not changing the timing, story, pacing, the shots, anything and so what we're doing is going in and making a 3D version because you can set the conversions and the ocular offset and there are a number of things in making a 3D version. We're doing it that completely preserves the original movie in terms of everything about the story." For clarification, that just means that they're obviously changing the actual film for the 3D "look," but nothing else. It's a relief to hear that - although I never had any doubts that they would do anything anyway.
This isn't really the most shocking news, because I never really thought Pixar would change anything. However, I love writing about it, because it always gives me so much more confidence in Pixar (and it makes them look good) when they make incredibly smart decisions like this. It's a bit too early to start getting excited about the return of Toy Story, but by September next year, we'll be talking about it quite a bit. Toy Story in 3D is due out in theaters on October 2nd, 2009, while Toy Story 2 in 3D is due out in theaters on February 12th, 2010. And of course, we also know that the Toy Story 3 in 3D is due on June 18th, 2010, after the first and second films have generated considerable hype.