Disney Digital 3-D

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Disney Digital 3-D
Disney Digital 3D logo.svg
Product type Motion picture exhibition
Owner The Walt Disney Company
Introduced 2005

Disney Digital 3-D is a brand name used by The Walt Disney Company to describe three-dimensional films made and released by Walt Disney Pictures and shown exclusively using digital projection.

Disney Digital 3-D in itself is not a presentation or a production format or technology, and thus purely a marketing concept. Films advertised as Disney Digital 3-D come from a number of sources, film, digital camera as well as animation software, and can be presented using any digital 3D technology, including RealD, Dolby 3D, XpanD 3D and MasterImage 3D. There is no specific handling involved.

Earlier Disney 3-D films[edit]

Disney had previously released two 3-D animated shorts in 1953, Adventures in Music: Melody, the first American 3-D animated short,[1] and Working for Peanuts, starring Donald Duck and Chip 'n' Dale.

Disney also produced 3-D films for its theme parks, including Disneyland's 3D Jamboree (1956), featuring the Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeers and including Melody and Working for Peanuts; Magic Journeys (1982), Captain EO (1986), Muppet*Vision 3D (1991), Honey, I Shrunk the Audience (1994), It's Tough to Be a Bug! (1998), the film portion of Tokyo DisneySea's Magic Lamp Theater, and Mickey's Philharmagic (2003).[2]

Title history[edit]

The first Disney Digital 3D film was Chicken Little, which was released in late 2005.[3] For the release, Disney collaborated with Real D to install RealD's 3D digital projection system featuring Christie CP2000 2K DLP projectors along with silver screens for 84 screens in US theaters.[4]

The computer-animated film Chicken Little was followed by a re-release of The Nightmare Before Christmas on October 20, 2006. Nightmare, a 1993 stop motion movie, was originally shot in 2D on 35mm-film with the 3D version generated by Industrial Light and Magic from this source using computer technology.

In 2007, Disney re-released the film Working for Peanuts with the theatrical release of the 3D version of Meet the Robinsons.

The first live-action Disney Digital 3-D release was Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert, which followed in 2008. In 2009, G-Force followed as well, marking it the first scripted live-action 3D movie under the Disney Digital 3-D brand (as well as producer Jerry Bruckheimer's first 3D film).

On May 29, 2009, Disney released Pixar's Up, the first Pixar film to be presented in 3D. This film was then followed by a 3D double feature re-release of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 on October 2, 2009, although neither of these films' animation was altered. Subsequent Pixar films, such as Toy Story 3 and Cars 2, were also released in Disney Digital 3D.

Two of Disney's traditionally animated films were reissued with 3D conversions in 2011, The Lion King – released on August 26 internationally and on September 16 in North America -[5] and Beauty and the Beast – limited to 13-day run in September at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles for North America, as well as short runs in New Zealand, Japan, Australia, India and Spain in 2010.[6][7] These re-releases were being supervised by Don Hahn, who produced both films. Beauty and the Beast in 3D received a wider release in 2012.

List of Disney Digital 3-D films[edit]

Feature films[edit]

Original releases[edit]

Title Release date
Chicken Little November 4, 2005
Meet the Robinsons March 30, 2007
Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both
Worlds Concert
February 1, 2008
Bolt November 21, 2008
Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience February 27, 2009
Up May 29, 2009
G-Force July 24, 2009
A Christmas Carol November 6, 2009
Alice in Wonderland March 5, 2010
Toy Story 3 June 18, 2010
Tangled November 24, 2010
Tron: Legacy December 17, 2010
Mars Needs Moms March 11, 2011
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides May 20, 2011
Cars 2 June 24, 2011
John Carter March 9, 2012
Brave June 22, 2012
Frankenweenie October 5, 2012
Wreck-It Ralph November 2, 2012
Oz the Great and Powerful March 8, 2013
Monsters University June 21, 2013
Planes August 9, 2013
Frozen November 27, 2013
Maleficent May 30, 2014
Planes: Fire & Rescue July 18, 2014
Big Hero 6 November 7, 2014

Reissues[edit]

Title Release date
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) October 27, 2006
October 19, 2007
October 24, 2008
October 23, 2009
Toy Story (1995) and Toy Story 2 (1999) double feature October 2, 2009
The Lion King (1994) September 16, 2011
Beauty and the Beast (1991) January 13, 2012
Finding Nemo (2003) September 14, 2012
Monsters, Inc. (2001) December 19, 2012

Short films[edit]

Original releases[edit]

Title Release date Released with
Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales: Tokyo Mater December 12, 2008 Bolt
Partly Cloudy May 29, 2009 Up
Day & Night June 18, 2010 Toy Story 3
Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation June 24, 2011 Cars 2
Tangled Ever After January 13, 2012 Beauty and the Beast 3D
La Luna June 22, 2012 Brave
Toy Story Toons: Partysaurus Rex September 14, 2012 Finding Nemo 3D
Paperman November 2, 2012 Wreck-It Ralph
The Blue Umbrella June 21, 2013 Monsters University
Get a Horse! November 27, 2013 Frozen
Feast November 7, 2014 Big Hero 6

Reissues[edit]

Title Release date Released with
Knick Knack (1989) October 27, 2006 The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D
Working for Peanuts (1953) March 30, 2007 Meet the Robinsons
For the Birds[8] (2000) December 19, 2012 Monsters, Inc. 3D

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Original Disney 3-D". MousePlanet. September 16, 2009. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  2. ^ Smith, Dave (August 1, 2012). "Disney A to Z: The Official Encyclopedia supplement". The Walt Disney Company. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ "The Walt Disney Studios and Dolby Bring Disney Digital 3-D(TM) to Selected Theaters Nationwide With CHICKEN LITTLE on Dolby Digital Cinema". PR Newswire. June 27, 2011. Retrieved September 3, 2011. 
  4. ^ Carolyn Giardina (March 7, 2007). "New dimension at Real D". HollywoodReporter.com. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-12. 
  5. ^ McClintock, Pamela (May 26, 2011). "Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ to Return to Theaters in Digital 3D". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 26, 2011. 
  6. ^ Stewart, Andrew (August 11, 2011). "'Beauty 3D' to single screen". Variety.com. Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ "(3D) Beauty and the Beast at Hoyts Cinemas". Hoyts.com.au. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  8. ^ Tipton, Janelle (December 19, 2012). "Behind the Scenes of 'Monsters, Inc. 3D', 'Oz' Trailer Debut in Theaters". The Walt Disney Company. Retrieved January 7, 2013. "With this release, audiences also get to see “For the Birds” the original short that ran with Monsters, Inc., take off in 3D, as well as a brand-new trailer for Disney’s March release Oz The Great and Powerful!" 

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