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 a purely 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.
Pre-2005 Disney 3-D films
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).
Between 2003 and 2005, Dimension Films (then-owned by The Weinstein Company) had made a couple of 3-D films. Two of them were Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over and The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl.
Post-2005 Disney 3-D films
The first Disney Digital 3D 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 US 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 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.
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 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 - 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. These re-releases were being supervised by Don Hahn, who produced both films. Beauty and the Beast in 3D received a wider release in January 13, 2012.
Disney has released films from Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm in the 3D format, beginning with The Avengers (2012) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), respectively. However, the 3D format was not branded as "Disney".
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
|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|
|Zootopia||March 4, 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|
|Cars 3||June 16, 2017|
|Coco||November 22, 2017|
|Toy Story 4||June 15, 2018|
|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|
|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|
|La Luna||June 22, 2012||Brave|
|Working for Peanuts||March 30, 2007||Meet the Robinsons|
|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|
|Lava||June 19, 2015||Inside Out|
|Sanjay's Super Team||November 25, 2015||The Good Dinosaur|
|Title||Release date||Released with|
|Knick Knack (1989)||October 20, 2006||The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D|
|Tangled Ever After||January 13, 2012||Beauty and the Beast 3D|
|Toy Story Toons: Partysaurus Rex||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, Dolby 3D, Panavision 3D and XpanD 3D (presentation technologies)
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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!