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.
Reader Feedback - 21 Comments
When you say 3d (for Beauty and the Beast), do you mean steroscopic or modeled 3d? (a la Pixar, Dreamworks, etc.)
Trin on Mar 31, 2009
Wow! Looks like 3D is definitely here to stay for Disney and all animated films coming out over the next couple years. I thought that Disney had promised a renewed, regular helping of 2D movies (Princess & The Frog), providing sort of a nostalgic balance to the tech. revolution. Are they going to scratch that idea, or pump both forms; 2 & 3D equally?
Rabs on Mar 31, 2009
#1 - the most dumbass question i've ever read... dude, toy story is 3d, beauty and the beast does only have some segments (i guess one, dont know, dont care) in 3d. this "toy story 3d", it will be the same toy story, but reworked for the use of glasses and we watch in real 3d and stuff whatever
rocken on Mar 31, 2009
Beauty IN the Beast or Beauty AND the Beast?
Nettle on Mar 31, 2009
#1 - Here is a link about the Beauty and the Beast technique: http://www.slashfilm.com/2008/11/19/beauty-and-the-beast-3d-in-2010/ Essentially it will still be the original 2D film. They are just re rendering the elements so they can give it depth, ala stereoscopy. I can't wait to see what they've done with the film. It's one of my favorite films. #3 - the most dumbass answer I've ever read. You gotta read the question, process it, then give an answer that makes sense and is relevant... 😉
Tim C on Mar 31, 2009
3D, 3D, 3D!
AbercrombieAndBitch on Mar 31, 2009
OH NO! PIXAR IN 3D?!?!?! OH NO! $20 3-D Tickets to see movies you've bought fourteen times for every Disney Rerelease! Damn DreamWorks Animation and JKatz. Making you pay once. But let's give glory to Pixar who will stick it to you over and over and over... Let me here it Alex. Let's be fair. 3-D for TWO MOVIES?!?!?!?! Rereleases in 3D?! Who's gorging the public more? Answer is always Disney!
Warren J on Mar 31, 2009
*Hear, not here
Warren J on Mar 31, 2009
So tron won't be a sequal? This is confusing after all the details about the movie and how they are going back into it and all. I find it dumb to call the movie the same title as the original. I'm really confused because if they name it tron then people will just have to forget that the first one even existed.
Dan W on Mar 31, 2009
In an ironic twist of events, i believe hand drawn animation will be far more impressive in 3D technology than CG animation.
Darunia on Mar 31, 2009
So with the first two Toy Story movies, I heard that Pixar's animation programs have vastly improved over the years, so what they're doing is running the original movie through this new program update, which will essentially make them look crisper and better, more detailed. And that's why they're putting them back into theatres. They'll be in 3-D, but also crisper overall. Which is cool. But not cool enough to see in the theatre. I'll see TS3 for sure, but I'm cool on 1 and 2.
Greedo the Rodian on Mar 31, 2009
#3 ga hahahah. Try to make someone else look stupid and only end up making your self look way stupider. watching as Buzz Lightyear falls with 3D style sounds so glorious to me!
DoomCanoe on Apr 1, 2009
Somehow Beauty and the Beast is a wannabe of, and Disney's answer to Futurama. Gaston tries too hard to be Zapp Brannigan, Belle is Leela and the Beast is the animal equivilant to Bender.
cartman on Apr 1, 2009
I think it should have been T2.0N not TR2N. But yea, naming the new Tron...Tron, is just confusing. I think I'm gonna go see Alice in IMAX. I don't have a problem with anything in 3D as long as it's done well. Like Nightmare Before Christmas in 3D? Not done well.
crAziemutant on Apr 1, 2009
Alice in IMAX will be great. IMAX is awesome 🙂
Ryan on Apr 2, 2009
Disney info on Toy story 3 in 3-D movie trailers are like hard trying to find those toy story t rex on ebay. It is even hard to find woody from the original toy story. So if you can find a toy story 3 3d movie trailer now then good luck because its rare. “new cartoon movies” what is 3-D use for in a movie film is probably the best 3d cartoon of our time i know that user reviews of the toy story 3 3d movie trailer was good. It seems like everybody really likes the movie so, when it comes out the toy story sells on sites like amazon.com will be exceptionally high.
Toy Story Toys on Apr 16, 2009
sigh re-boot is "the new black" all the studios are going 'me too, me too' oh well. with the bad rep that sequels have had over the years who can blame them
Dating in Toronto on Apr 27, 2009
OH. i thought when you said 3-d , i thought you meant 3-D with Glasses.... :/
Jackson on Jul 11, 2009
I never thought I say this but Disney are going to extreme lengths to ensure that The Half Blooded Prince ain't the biggest movie of 2009 by rereleasing both Toy Story movies. They're also going to extreme lengths to ensure that The Deathly Hallows part 1 ain't the biggest movie of 2010 by rereleasing Beauty and the Beast. Not the smartest of moves there.
Hamster on Jul 13, 2009
Toy story and toy story 2 is going to be a double feature correct? so 2 for he price of one
RJ on Aug 28, 2009
They re released the toy story rex and old version 16 in woody at disney stores just recently and finding them on ebay is easy....
sam on Oct 14, 2009
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