Toy Story Trilogy To Be Entirely 3D

January 25, 2008
Source: Variety

Toy Story Trilogy To Be Entirely 3D

To infinity and beyond! It sounds like beyond is actually 3D, however. Disney and Pixar are turning the entire Toy Story trilogy into 3D, with the third film due out in 2010. The studio will convert the two previous films, which arrived in theaters in 1995 and 1999 respectively, into 3D under close observation from filmmaker and director John Lasseter. The technical team is retrieving all of the original digital elements and rebuilding them in 3D. Toy Story 3 will be directed by Lee Unkrich and is set to arrive after the first two films are released in 3D at some point in 2010.

Disney and Pixar will release the first Toy Story in 3D on October 2nd, 2009 and follow that up with Toy Story 2 in 3D on February 12th, 2010, with a likely summer 2010 release of Toy Story 3 in 3D. Disney Chairman Dick Cook commented on this "ambitious plan" with the following statement.

"We are committed to bringing moviegoers the best and most exciting 3-D movie experience, and we think they're going to love seeing Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and all the wonderful 'Toy Story' cast of characters in an eye popping and dazzling way. John Lasseter and the animation team are putting all their passion and hard work into making this the greatest 3-D experience yet, and we're excited to share their efforts with audiences everywhere."

"The 'Toy Story' films and characters will always hold a very special place in our hearts and we're so excited to be bringing this landmark film back for audiences to enjoy in a whole new way thanks to the latest in 3-D technology. I am sure that this is going to be nothing short of fantastic and people are going to be blown away by the experience."

With Beowulf first and now U2 3D, I may be on my way to actually coming to accept 3D. However, I will never accept it as the "new format" of movies, as it will always still be a sales gimmick and never mainstream. They can try, and they certainly are, as is obviously the case here, but 3D will never be the only format of the future. I'll be seeing this 3D trilogy in theaters, only to relive the Toy Story movies once again on the big screen, but that's it.

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WHY?! I love Toy Story but this 3-D thing has gone WAAAAAAYYYYYYYY overboard.

Ryan on Jan 25, 2008



Kail on Jan 25, 2008


Producing part 3 in Stereoscopic 3-D is going to be a very interesting challenge for Pixar. They have said that they have had much difficulty in finding narrative-enhancing qualities in Stereo 3-D and that that is the reason why they haven't done anything in 3-D yet. This news of Toy Story 3-D is clearly a result of Disney pushing and pushing for a 3-D Pixar release. No doubt, Pixar will do a very, very good job with the 3-D, if it is Pixar people doing the 3-D and when the 3-D is storyboarded and pre-vizzed rather than just turning on a second-view camera... Re-rendering Toy Story 1 and 2 in 3-D? Blasphemy! The two titles were never framed for 3-D, so is Pixar going to re-frame, re-composite and re-edit Toy Story 1 and 2 for these dimensionalisations? Let's sure hope so, for otherwise the 3-D may well suffer and definitely not be the best it could possibly be. 3-D works differently from regular imagery and different compositional rules apply. When one ignores this cinematographic fact, it's pretty mediocre and disappointing 3-D that results. And Toy Story doesn't deserve that!

Alexander Lentjes - 3-D Revolution Productions on Jan 27, 2008


Thank you Ryan, I have to add..... "why?" I have loved the toy stories and am excited about the idea of a third one and Wall-E, but put your efforts into something new and original rather than remaking, reimagining, rehashing, refranchising, revisiting, repeating and repopulating (ok, that one didn't fit) back catalogues.

Dr.Duvel on Jan 28, 2008


Is this like where u wear the 3d glasses like Spy Kids 3D (which I found..quite crap). Also will there be new voice actors or are they just going to remake it exactly but it in 3D.

kaz on Feb 2, 2008

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