Pixar films to appear in 3D starting next year
Walt Disney Company announced on Tuesday that Pixar has committed to release all of their films in 3D format beginning next year with Up. Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter is very excited about 3D technology and even made an animated short in 1989 called Nickname. “My wedding pictures with my beautiful wife Nancy were [even] made in 3-D,” he said.
Even though Pixar sells tickets without fail, 3D films have drawn two to three times the sales at $3 or more per ticket. If you do not have a digital cinema nearby, these films will also be released in traditional 2D.
While I’m also excited to see traditionally hard-drawn animation coming from Walt Disney Animation Studios (The Princess and the Frog Christmas 2009), I’m also excited about the upcoming Pixar movies which will all appear in 3D beginning May 2009. Unfortunately Wall-E will not be in 3D.
Aside from the previously mentioned Up, Pixar is planning Toy Story 3 for June 2010, Newt summer of 2011, The Bear and the Bow Christmas 2011 and Cars 2 for the summer of 2012.
In addition to the new films, Disney is planning to convert the original Toy Story and Toy Story 2 to 3D! I hope they release them to theaters as well!
While DVD and HD DVD do not support 3D, Blu-ray does. We can expect to see these at home as well. Truly brining the theater home