Pixar Converting Ratatouille & Others into 3D for Re-Release?
This is just a speculative rumor for now, but there is a quote to back it up, and it certainly seems plausible. Our friends at SlashFilm (via Bleeding Cool) noticed in the interview on HeyUGuys with Bob Whitehill, Pixar's "Stereoscopic Supervisor" (note: stereoscopic = 3D), that he talks about working with Brad Bird to re-render scenes of Ratatouille into 3D. I use the term "converting" in the headline, but Pixar can simply re-render the original frames just like they did with Toy Story 1 and 2 to turn their older movies into 3D. I didn't think the re-release of those two movies in 3D was a big success, but maybe Disney thought it was.
Here's the key quote from the interview with Whitehill where he talks about converting Ratatouille to 3D.
"Ratatouille is one that we're exploring doing [3D conversion on] and Brad Bird is very open to some changes, you know, some very subtle changes but slight reframings. If a character's reaching forward and a pinky goes off screen, we'll adjust the camera and the character a little bit to have the hand on. So that said, if the director's open to minor modifications on a library title then that's wonderful and we're really excited about doing that."
I actually saw the Toy Story 1 & 2 3D re-release last October and enjoyed seeing those two films on the big screen again, but didn't really care for the 3D. The only movie that I felt 3D really made a difference on, to the point where I almost can't watch it in 2D, was Avatar. I'm looking forward to Disney's 3D conversion of Beauty and the Beast more than seeing any of Pixar's past movies get converted. Then again, this could just be the first steps towards distributing new 3D Blu-Rays for the new 3D TVs hitting the market, like Sony did for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (get it on Amazon). Not that I support that either, but maybe it's not for theatrical re-release. Anyway, since this is only speculation for now, we'll have to keep you updated.