Disney Digital 3-D
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|Product type||Motion picture exhibition|
|Owner||The Walt Disney Company|
|Introduced||June 23, 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 Studios Motion Pictures mostly under the Walt Disney Pictures label and shown exclusively using digital projection.
Disney Digital 3-D in itself is not a presentation or a production format or technology, but rather 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 3D, Dolby 3D, XpanD 3D and MasterImage 3D. There is no specific handling involved.
Pre-2005 Disney 3-D films
Disney also produced 3D 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).
Between 2003 and 2005, Dimension Films (then-owned by The Weinstein Company) had made a couple of 3D films. Two of them were Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over and The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D.
Post-2005 Disney 3-D films
The first Disney Digital 3-D film was Chicken Little, which was released in late 2005. For the release, Disney collaborated with RealD to install RealD's 3D digital projection system featuring Christie CP2000 2K DLP projectors along with silver screens for 84 screens in U.S. theaters.
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 film, was originally shot in 2D on 35mm-film with the 3D version generated by Industrial Light and Magic from this source using computer technology.
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 became the first film in Disney Digital 3-D from producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
On May 29, 2009, Disney released Pixar's Up, the first Pixar film to be presented in 3-D. This film was then followed by a 3-D double feature re-release of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 on October 2, 2009, although neither of these films' animations was altered. Subsequent Pixar films, such as Toy Story 3 and Cars 2, were also released in Disney Digital 3-D.
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, and Beauty and the Beast – limited to 13-day run in September at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles for North America, as well as short runs in New Zealand, Japan, Australia, India and Spain in 2010. These re-releases were being supervised by Don Hahn, who produced both films. Beauty and the Beast in 3D received a wider release on January 13, 2012. Two more films were reissued in 3D in 2012; Finding Nemo on September 14 and Monsters, Inc. on December 19. The Little Mermaid was going to be re-released in 3D on September 13, 2013, but was cancelled due to the underperformances of the other Disney 3D re-releases until further notice. The 3D version of The Little Mermaid did, however, play for a limited engagement at the El Capitan Theatre from September to October 2013.
List of Disney Digital 3-D films
|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|
|Inside Out||June 19, 2015|
|The Good Dinosaur||November 25, 2015|
|The Finest Hours||January 29, 2016|
|The Jungle Book||April 15, 2016|
|Alice Through the Looking Glass||May 27, 2016|
|Finding Dory||June 17, 2016|
|The BFG||July 1, 2016|
|Pete's Dragon||August 12, 2016|
|Moana||November 23, 2016|
|Beauty and the Beast||March 17, 2017|
|Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales||May 26, 2017|
|Cars 3||June 16, 2017|
|Coco||November 22, 2017|
|A Wrinkle in Time||March 9, 2018|
|Incredibles 2||June 15, 2018|
|Ralph Breaks the Internet||November 21, 2018|
|Dumbo||March 29, 2019|
|Aladdin||May 24, 2019|
|Toy Story 4||June 21, 2019|
|The Lion King||July 19, 2019|
|Maleficent: Mistress of Evil||October 18, 2019|
|Frozen II||November 22, 2019|
|Onward||March 6, 2020|
|Mulan||March 27, 2020|
|Soul||December 25, 2020|
|Raya and the Last Dragon||March 5, 2021|
|Luca||June 18, 2021|
|Encanto||November 24, 2021|
|Turning Red||March 11, 2022|
|Lightyear||June 17, 2022|
|The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)||October 20, 2006|
|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|
|Title||Release date||Released with|
|Knick Knack||October 20, 2006||The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D|
|Tangled Ever After||January 13, 2012||Beauty and the Beast 3D|
|Partysaurus Rex (2012)||September 14, 2012||Finding Nemo 3D|
|For the Birds (2000)||December 19, 2012||Monsters, Inc. 3D|
- List of 3D films
- 3D film
- Digital cinema
- Digital 3D
- RealD 3D, Dolby 3D, Panavision 3D and XpanD 3D (presentation technologies)
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- "(3D) Beauty and the Beast at Hoyts Cinemas". Hoyts.com.au. Archived from the original on August 9, 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
- Oliver Oliveros (August 27, 2013). "Hollywood's El Capitan Will Be the Only Theatre in the World to Screen THE LITTLE MERMAID 3D, 9/13-10/13". Retrieved November 9, 2018.
- 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!