disney09-3-31Today Disney had a presentation with many of their upcoming 3-D releases. In the next few years they will be releasing 17 films, 10 of which will be new released in 3-D. Mark Zoradi, the President of Walt Disney Studios spoke about the change. He said that 3-D will soon be embraced as more than a gimmick, and the way they plan on doing this is why making the more about the quality of the 3-D. Basically, what this means is that there goal is to adds layers to the film (like Coraline) to, not to have things jumping out at you. And they intend to make it easier for audiences to accept by making it readily available in theaters across America.

Check out some details on the films set to be released:

As we all know, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland will be using 3-D, CGI, and live action all in one. This is definitely a big step in the world of 3-D. Sadly, they didn’t show any clips from the film, but they did show some of the concept art and photos of Anne Hathaway as the White Witch and Johnny Depp as the Hatter – they all looked AMAZING.

They will be re-releasing Beauty and the Beast in 3-D on February 12, 2010, for a special Valentine’s Day, two week engagement. They showed us a clip of how they were able to transform the film to 3-D. It was extremely impressive. Some films don’t translate well to 3-D and the difference aren’t that obvious, but not for this film. It changes the entire looks and adds a whole new dimension. If you’re a fan of the film, I would highly recommend the re-release.

Jim Carrey is set to place almost EVERY single character in Robert Zemeckis’ updated version on A Christmas Carol. The film is not trying to re-invent the film, but simply update it for a modern generation. I’ve heard that one before.

They will be re-releasing Toy Story and Toy Story 2 in 3-D as a double feature in theaters on October 2nd before the wide release of Toy Story 3 next year. Sadly we didn’t get to see any of Toy Story 3. I was hoping for that.

They will also be releasing a sequel to Cars, and although we didn’t get to see anything from that, we did get to see “Tokyo Major” one of their cartoons (or as they call them “Cars-Toons” which was basically a short story with a few of the characters from Cars.

We also saw the first trailer for Tron with Jeff Bridges, which apparently will be in 3-D! It was intense to say the least. Extremely innovative, beautiful to watch, seem-less, definitely something to keep your eyes on in the coming year. I won’t give away too much, but I will say, it reminded me of watching the Matrix trailer for the first time.

On my way to the Soloist! Be back with more news soon!

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