It has been over two years since Walt Disney Animation Studios announced that they would be converting Beauty and the Beast into 3D for a Valentine’s Day 2010 theatrical rerelease. Disney has been showing a short test of the 3D footage at various industry events, including last year’s ShoWest. Unlike the live-action 3D post conversions, I was actually quite impressed with what Disney was able to achieve with the added dimensionality (read my previous report here). I actually havent talked to one person that didn’t like the 3d scene they screened.

As Valentine’s Day 2010 quickly approached, Disney pushed the release back to a To Be Announced 2011 date. And it was later revealed that they were so happy with how Beauty 3D turned out, that they were also in the process of converting The Lion King to 3D as well.

Good news: Today we have finally been told when we can see these 3D conversions of Disney’s animated classics…

Bad news: they are releasing the films direct to 3D Blu-Ray in 2011, with not theatrical rerelease expected.

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VOTD: 50 Disney Spoilers in 3 Minutes


In honor of Walt Disney Animation releasing it’s 50th full length film Tangled, our friends the Fine Brothers have filed the latest episode of their popular “Spoiler” series. You might remember that we’ve featured their videos 100 Movie Spoilers in 4 minutes, Spoiling Every Best Picture Winner in Oscar History, 50 spoilers of 2009 in 4 minutes, and 100 Horror Movie Spoilers in 5 Minutes. Hit the jump to watch their latest. And if it isn’t completely obvious already, please be warned that the following video contains spoilers.
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For anyone who has dreamed of watching a shot for shot remake of Disney’s 1991 Best Picture nominee Beauty and the Beast with inferior animation and terrible voice acting from a foreign country, your day has finally come. We were lucky enough to come upon this video and, with Beauty and the Beast currently hot again off its current Blu-ray release and recent Sing-A-Long theatrical run, it’s too funny not to highlight. The jaw-dropping trailer is embedded right after the jump. Read More »

Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme. A studio re-releases a hugely successful property back into theaters to milk the audience for every extra dollar they can. Recent examples include 20th Century Fox with Avatar and Star Wars, Paramount with Grease and now Disney is doing it with the 1991 classic Beauty and the Beast. Like with Grease, though, this re-release encourages you to belt out the lyrics to your favorite songs like “Be Our Guest” and “Gaston” as this is a sing-a-long event! The Beauty and the Beast Sing-A-Long will hit select theaters for two nights only, September 29 and October 2. Hit the jump for more information on what the future has in store for Beauty and the Beast. Read More »

Teaser Trailer: Beauty and the Beast in 3D

It has been almost two years since Walt Disney Animation Studios announced that they would be converting Beauty and the Beast into 3D for a Valentine’s Day 2010 theatrical rerelease. Disney has been showing a short test of the 3D footage at various industry events, including last year’s ShoWest. Unlike the live-action 3D post conversions, I was actually quite impressed with what Disney was able to achieve with the added dimensionality (read my previous report here). Earlier this year, Disney pushed the releease back to a To Be Announced 2011 date, and it was later revealed that they were so happy with how Beauty 3D turned out, that they were also in the process of converting The Lion King to 3D as well.

We still don’t know when the 3D version will hit theaters, but many assume it’s February 14th 2011, as Disney wanted to target Valentine’s Day in it’s previous release plans. But a one minute teaser trailer has been found online, and can now be watched embedded after the jump. According to the trailer, it will get a very limited release in New Zealand on August 12th 2010.

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Initially scheduled to hit cinemas this February was Disney’s 3D rerelease of Beauty and the Beast. As the months went on and we heard nothing new, and there was definitely no trailer released or official announcements made, it began to seem like the film had just slipped off the sheet completely. A real shame, because the demo sequences previewed last March were very well received indeed.

All the while, reports kept consolidating that the film was approaching a Blu-ray release, in the original 2D. This release is currently expected to happen in October.

I’m going to speculate that these two releases have been re-ordered to better boost their overall commercial prospects. It doesn’t seem like rocket science to milk the 2D version of the film completely first, and then add the 3D element in for a little extra juice. I’m thinking we’ll see 2D BD, a 3D film and then ultimately a 3D BD.

The Disneyphiles at Stitch Kingdom are reporting word from Disney themselves that the film “is still expected to be released, but not until some point in 2011″. Seems to fit my pattern nicely. Better late than never, I suppose.

Comic-Con Interview: John Lasseter

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Few people have shaped the course of modern animation as much as John Lasseter. The man directed classic films such as Toy Story 1 and 2, and A Bug’s Life, but he’s also the Chief Creative Officer at Pixar and at Walt Disney, in addition to being the Principal Creative Advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering. In short, this man brings out the child in each one of us, and makes that child’s dreams come true. We had the chance to sit down with Lasseter for a quick chat about his inspirations for Toy Story 3, the 3-D trend for animated films, his approach to Pixar villains, and what he has planned for Walt Disney Imagineering.

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What are Hollywood’s expectations for James Cameron‘s Avatar? We haven’t even seen a trailer, or even a photo, but many are already touting a “revolution.” With the director of the highest grossing film of all time behind it, everyone is hoping for big.
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