Disney Updates: Toy Story in 3D in October, Alice in Wonderland Going IMAX, and More!
by Alex Billington
March 31, 2009
I just stepped out Disney's big presentation at ShoWest with quite a few exciting updates. First and foremost, Disney has announced that both Toy Story and Toy Story 2 will play in 3D as a double feature starting on October 2nd. They have since changed their plans to re-release Toy Story 2 separately in 3D later in early 2010, and will instead run both as a back-to-back feature later this year. Additionally, it was announced that Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland will show in both regular digital 3D and IMAX 3D next March 5th when it hits theaters. A few more announcements were also made during the presentation.
For those also excited for Toy Story 3, Walt Disney Studios president Mark Zoradi confirmed that the first complete trailer (in 3D) will show in theaters with the Toy Story 1 and 2 double feature in October. Being a big Pixar fan myself, and excited about the return of Buzz and Woody, it's good to know that Pixar has finally set a timeline for their debut of that trailer (since it won't be attached to Up this summer). However, it's quite interesting to see them pull the release of Toy Story 2 in 2010. Their updated release calendar, that I have seen a few times before, now featured only that Toy Story 1 and 2 event on October 2nd.
Additionally, during the presentation we were shown the complete opening song to Disney's Beauty and the Beast rendered in 3D, as a tease for the complete Beauty and the Beast 3D re-release coming up in 2010. I've got to say, even I was impressed, as it's hard to think of how anyone can turn a hand-drawn 2D animated movie into 3D, but they did it. And they pulled it off. It was absolutely wonderful watching that scene play out and seeing the lush 2D drawings come to life. I'm not normally a guy to say 3D really looks that good, but this time it did, and I will be happy to revisit Beauty and the Beast again in 3D next year.
And in other news, it seems that the upcoming Tron 2 sequel is being officially called just Tron. A brand new logo that I hadn't ever seen before showed during the presentation, which featured no numbers and only just the word "Tron." It looks like they're going down the reboot route and not calling it a sequel.