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Posted on Thursday, January 24th, 2008 6:23 PM

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The Walt Disney Studios announced today that they will be releasing Toy Story and Toy Story 2 in 3-D, along with Toy Story 3, which is being produced as a 3-D movie.

Toy Story in 3-D is scheduled for release on October 2, 2009, and Toy Story 2 in 3-D will come to theaters on February 12, 2010. Toy Story 3 will be released on June 18, 2010.

Academy Award®-winning filmmaker John Lasseter (director of the first two "Toy Story" movies and chief creative officer for Disney and Pixar Animation Studios) will personally oversee the creative side of the 3-D conversions for "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" with his acclaimed team handling all the necessary steps in the conversion process.

Lasseter is quoted as saying:

"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 'Toy Story 3' shaping up to be another great adventure for Buzz, Woody and the gang from Andy's room, we thought it would be great to let audiences experience the first two films all over again and in a brand new way. 3-D offers lots of great new possibilities for the art of animation and we will continue to use this new technology to tell our stories in the best possible way."

Since the Toy Story movies were created using digital animation, Disney/Pixar is able to go back and use the original elements to create them in a 3-D space. This should result in a better end product than live action movies that are converted into 3-D after the fact, as was the case with scenes of Superman Returns (the effect was something I didn't care for).

This news makes me very glad that Disney and Pixar are working together as a single unit, as opposed to them going their separate ways and Disney going it alone. While I'm sure that the folks at Disney are talented, when it comes to Pixar's movies, Pixar should be the ones tinkering with them, if anyone.

This does bring up an interesting, if not foreboding, possibility. Will Lasseter and his band of digital wizards resist the temptation to "revise and improve" the first two movies? When George Lucas produced re-releases of the Star Wars movies, he couldn't keep his hands off them and started doing all kinds of changes (no George, we will never completely forgive you for the whole "Han Shoots First" debacle).

As long as we are always able to enjoy the original Toy Story movies as they were, I don't mind if they make subtle changes. If they have Buzz falling out of the window on his own accord instead of as a result of something Woody did, they might have some angry fans on their hands!

Assuming that intelligence and restraint will prevail, nonetheless, I'd like to see high class releases of the originals on Blu-ray high definition in the spirit of the "Ultimate Toy Box" DVD release around the 2009 holiday season. I think it would be a great way to celebrate the originals at home while revisiting them in a new three-dimensional format in theaters.

Source: Walt Disney Pictures Press Release

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