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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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Beauty and the Beast 3D Conversion Coming on Blu-ray 3D

September 14th, 2011 · 4 Comments · 2D to 3D Conversion

It seems that soon after Disney releases their 2D to 3D conversion of the Lion King animation for a short run in 3D movie theaters and then when it becomes available on Blu-ray 3D media, they are also going to have the Beauty and the Beast in 3D (converted from the 2D original) on Blu-ray 3D. The date is 4th of October in the US and you can already pre-order the Beauty and the Beast on Blu-ray 3D, but unlike Lion King 3D that you can already buy on Blu-ray 3D in France for example, the Blu-ray 3D version of the Beauty and the Beast 3D will be available in November there.

A lot of people are skeptical about these 2D to 3D conversions of old classical animations (and live action movies as well), especially considering that they are using hand-drawn type of animation rather than computer generated 3D animation like most more recent titles. But after watching the Lion King 3D I can say that it was converted quite good, at first I was paying too much attention to to the volume effect looking for stereoscopic window violations and such, but very quickly my attention has moved to the story and I kind of forgot about the fact that the movie was in 3D. That is the kind of experience you should be getting from a 3D movie, unless of course the story the movie is so bad, the actors aren’t doing well and the visual effects don’t look good, so even the fact that the movie is in 3D won’t do it any good. Luckily the case with the Lion King isn’t such and for that matter with the Beauty and the Beast as well, so if the 3D effect (even if it is a conversion) does its job well in order to get you deeper into the story and not trying to impress you with just itself (things randomly jumping out at you), then things are as they should be. Ask any professional and he will tell you that 3D should ideally be just another tool for telling the story to the audience and it should not be used as a cheap effect to impress them for a brief moment… that is if you are making a good 3D movie. But if you are converting something that was meant for 2D and now you are doing it in 3D it is harder and you should be extra careful as mistakes are easy to make. And there were a few moments that bothered me with the 3D-ness in the Lion King, but overall I’ve liked the experience and I’ll be interested in watching the Beauty and the Beast in 3D as well.

You can pre-order the Beauty and the Beast on Blu-ray 3D here…

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