To infinity and beyond! It sounds like beyond is actually 3D, however. Disney and Pixar are turning the entire Toy Story trilogy into 3D, with the third film due out in 2010. The studio will convert the two previous films, which arrived in theaters in 1995 and 1999 respectively, into 3D under close observation from filmmaker and director John Lasseter. The technical team is retrieving all of the original digital elements and rebuilding them in 3D. Toy Story 3 will be directed by Lee Unkrich and is set to arrive after the first two films are released in 3D at some point in 2010.
Disney and Pixar will release the first Toy Story in 3D on October 2nd, 2009 and follow that up with Toy Story 2 in 3D on February 12th, 2010, with a likely summer 2010 release of Toy Story 3 in 3D. Disney Chairman Dick Cook commented on this "ambitious plan" with the following statement.
"We are committed to bringing moviegoers the best and most exciting 3-D movie experience, and we think they're going to love seeing Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and all the wonderful 'Toy Story' cast of characters in an eye popping and dazzling way. John Lasseter and the animation team are putting all their passion and hard work into making this the greatest 3-D experience yet, and we're excited to share their efforts with audiences everywhere."
"The 'Toy Story' films and characters will always hold a very special place in our hearts and we're so excited to be bringing this landmark film back for audiences to enjoy in a whole new way thanks to the latest in 3-D technology. I am sure that this is going to be nothing short of fantastic and people are going to be blown away by the experience."
With Beowulf first and now U2 3D, I may be on my way to actually coming to accept 3D. However, I will never accept it as the "new format" of movies, as it will always still be a sales gimmick and never mainstream. They can try, and they certainly are, as is obviously the case here, but 3D will never be the only format of the future. I'll be seeing this 3D trilogy in theaters, only to relive the Toy Story movies once again on the big screen, but that's it.