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Disney and Pixar to Convert to 3D More Of Their Classic Animations

October 4th, 2011 · 9 Comments · 2D to 3D Conversion

The big success that the re-release in movie theaters of Disney’s classic animation The Lion King in 3D (converted from the 2D original to 3D), about 80 million USD in the US box office so far, the company appears to have decided to have more of its classic animations converted to 3D for the big screen as well. Disney has announced that the following titles from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios will be released converted in 3D in 2012 and 2013:

– Beauty and the Beast – January 13, 2012
– Finding Nemo – September 14, 2012
– Monsters, Inc. – January 18, 2013 (Monsters University, a prequel to the original film, arrives in theaters in Disney Digital 3D on June 21, 2013)
– The Little Mermaid – September 13, 2013

Now if this is a good move or not is still yet to be seen, but there will be a lot of controversy surrounding these releases as they will be 2D to 3D conversions. Disney’s decision is apparently driven by the good profit that they have realized with the Lion King 3D conversion, but it is still unclear if other of their classic and more recent animations will also manage to attract so much attention. Starting today The Lion King is already available on Blu-ray 3D and the same goest for the movie Beauty and the Beast also already converted and available on Blu-ray 3D media. And since the 3D conversion for the Beauty and the Beast is already ready the January 13th release date for the big screen shouldn’t be a problem. There is also quite some time until September next year for a proper conversion of Finding Nemo, so Disney is apparently not rushing things just to make some quick profit, but should instead take their time to do good conversion to 3D. I’ve already seen the 3D conversion of the Lion King and Beauty and the Beast and can say that is was done quite well, although far from perfect, and without major issues to bother the normal viewer. I’ve watched both movies converted in 3D and will watch the other conversions from Disney as well even if it is just out of curiosity, would you?

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rhialto // Oct 5, 2011 at 03:43

    I watched Lion King and it was ok. It was the first movie I was watching that I knew was a conversion.

    I wonder if they all will be conversion and why they simply cannot just render the movie again by adding another virtual cemara? All is computer made thus it should not be difficult to do.

    The animation movie I would love to see in 3D is The Incredibles.

  • 2 gordy // Oct 5, 2011 at 06:27

    Good questions. Remember that the older movies like Lion King and Beauty and the Beast were hand drawn.

    Also note that the software used and archiving methods for early computer animated films just don’t fire up instantly in good working order on the new software and systems. It’s a lot more complicated than it seems.

  • 3 Bloody // Oct 5, 2011 at 09:32

    Sometimes movie studios don’t just have all the resources for a movie archived even if it was computer generated (we are talking about huge amounts of data), as was the case with the conversions with thew older Shrek movies for example. But when the movie studio have most of the models and scenes available the conversion process is much faster and easier and the end results are better.

  • 4 artox // Oct 5, 2011 at 10:11

    I also saw Lion King 3d and Beauty and the Beast 3d and found the conversions to be much more interesting and properly done than many of the live action movies that have been converted. I guess that having a hand-drawn movie makes it easier to convert, since you can always draw the second view properly given the time and resources. I will also wait for more conversions of classic 2d movies. Aladdin was one of my favorites when growing up, so I hope they do it at some moment in the future. As for releasing the movies in cinema, rather than only on BD I think it is a good move as long as they keep providing a quality product and not rush jobs. I suppose that newer generations, which may have missed these classics will enjoy seeing them on the big screen for their first viewing.

  • 5 Rhialto // Oct 5, 2011 at 20:07

    There is something interesting for everyone who watched the 3D movie recently.


  • 6 Chrisguy // Oct 5, 2011 at 23:50

    Sad to see Aladdin didn’t make the list, definitely my favorite Disney movie. I did see the Lion King in 3D, and other than the fact that the projector wasn’t set up properly (the top half of the right eye was slightly occluded, making it much darker and distracting) I thought the movie itself was converted very well. I feel its hard to mess up hand drawn movies as they are 2D in nature, so the process seems more subjective and forgiving. Unless its completely off, my brain likely won’t notice small depth inconsistencies in cartoons. It was way better than the live action conversions I’ve seen.

  • 7 Becky // Nov 26, 2011 at 23:52

    I have to say that I am getting tired of all the movies coming out in 3d. Why are they starting to make all the new movies in 3D and also now redoing the movies in 3D (like this article was talking about)? I do think Finding Nemo would be cool in 3D though…

  • 8 Online Finding Nemo Game // Dec 17, 2011 at 06:52

    I think Finding Nemo in 3D would be super cool, with the movie taking place underwater. I can see that it might make people with motion sickness a little bit sick, but for the rest of us, it would be way awesome! The other movies on the list, not so much. They would be okay, but not great. Although, Monsters Inc might be neat 3D when the doors are all moving and stuff.

  • 9 Rachel Gonzalez // Jan 12, 2012 at 07:18

    I definately think that they should re-release Peter Pan

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