Thursday, April 10, 2008

Disney Still Not Over the Whole 3-D Thing.

Yesterday, the folks at Disney demonstrated their belief that digital 3-D is not merely a re-hash of a short-lived fad from 50 years ago. They plan to release their animated film schedule from 2009 onward in the format, and expect filmgoers to pay a few bucks extra more for the trouble.

"Up," set for release May 29, 2009, will be Pixar's first 3-D title, and thereafter every Pixar toon will be produced in 3-D. Disney has been an early proponent of the format, starting with 2005's "Chicken Little," and all its own toons going forward will use the format as well. Lasseter noted he is such a fan that his wedding pictures were done in 3-D. Along with its new pics, Disney is also releasing Pixar classics "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" in digital 3-D in 2009 and 2010, respectively.

Meanwhile, Disney's Blu-ray release of that Hannah Montanna concert is slated to include 3-D glasses. Like my great granddad used to say, it's always more fun to watch teenage girls perform when you feel like you can reach out and touch them.

As Disney blazes this bold, 50-year-old trail, I only hope they bring Robert Zemeckis along to shove some swords in our faces.

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