Published at: Jan. 24, 2008, 8:31 p.m. CST by headgeek
Hey folks, Harry here - just got this press release from Disney & Pixar announcing this very exciting development in what we will expect in TOY STORY 3. Disney DIgital 3D is an amazing technology and this will be amazing. I just hope the story is there. TOY STORY 2 was indeed superior to TOY STORY - but TOY STORY 2 felt like a concluding tale. Adding a new dimension - isn't enough - to be a great and worthy Pixar sequel, they have to add another dimension in character and story telling. Here's the release...
TOY STORY TRIO GOES 3-D
Burbank, CA – January 24, 2008 - The Walt Disney Studios is taking the latest advances in digital 3-D technology “to infinity and beyond” with ambitious plans to debut new Disney Digital 3-D™ versions of Disney- Pixar’s “Toy Story” on October 2nd, 2009, and “Toy Story 2” on February 12th, 2010, it was announced by Dick Cook, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. Both of these beloved animated features are being newly converted to 3-D in advance of the June 18th, 2010 release of Disney-Pixar's "Toy Story 3," which is being produced as a 3-D motion picture and will represent the state-of-the-art for the genre. Veteran Pixar filmmaker Lee Unkrich (co-director “Toy Story 2”) is directing.
Academy Award®-winning filmmaker John Lasseter (director of the first two “Toy Story” films 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 of technical wizards handling all the necessary steps in the conversion process.
Commenting on the announcement, Cook said, “‘We are committed to bringing moviegoers the best and most exciting 3-D movie experience, and we think they’re going to love seeing Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and all the wonderful ‘Toy Story’ cast of characters in an eye popping and dazzling way. John Lasseter and the animation team are putting all their passion and hard work into making this the greatest 3-D experience yet, and we’re excited to share their efforts with audiences everywhere.”
Lasseter added, “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.”
In converting “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2” to state-of-the-art 3-D films, the technical team is retrieving all of the original digital elements and rebuilding them in 3-D.
Originally released by Walt Disney Pictures in 1995, “Toy Story” was the first feature film from Pixar Animation Studios and director John Lasseter. The film went on to receive Oscar® nominations for Original Score, Original Song, and Screenplay, and earned Lasseter a Special Achievement Award “for the development and inspired application of techniques that have made possible the first feature-length computer-animated film.” “Toy Story 2” was released in 1999, and reunited voice talents Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, in their roles as Woody and Buzz. The film became one of the most popular animated features of all time, and received an Academy Award® nomination for Original Song.
Toy Story 2 is one of the greatest sequels ever, up there with Aliens and The Godfather 2... but there's no way it recaptures the sheer magic of the original. I love Toy Story 2. It's a great movie and one of my favorite Pixar films but Toy Story is the original shit and frankly I don't think Pixar will ever surpass it.
I'm just glad they've finally got real news on a third Toy Story.
The first and second movie don't have rank in my opinion. They both have great positives with not many (if any) negative qualities. I can't put one over the other.
50 years and it's failed. get rid of the special glasses. create somekind of holographic 3D technology using light and the screen. look at this clip from Japan. Lochness monster attacks Tokyo Harbor. no 3d glasses needed! http://tinyurl.com/39bcxg
In a world where Veggitales is in theaters now? Cars' CG wasnt that amazingly Toy Story crushing...I don't see how the cars were any significantly more or less detailed than Buzz Lightyear. I'm sure CG has improved, but not so dramatically that Toy Story 3 will look out-of-this-world different from 2. CG still looks as fake as ever.
GibsonUSA, The CG was supposed to impress, but it's not and never was the central focus of Toy Story. It's the story that drives the film. It could have been regular 2D animation and it still would have been engaging.
I dont see any new significant standards that have been reached in terms of CG. CG in live action movies look as fake as ever, and CG cartoons flooding the theaters are often rushed and look like crap. "90s animation" kicks the ass of many of todays CG movies.
You will bow before me!!! Hehe just kidding, but wouldn't it have been funny if I had seriously responded like that? hehe. I see what you're saying though. It seems like more love and attention was given to CG back in the 90's. Well isn't it obvious. Back then CG was something new and exciting. Most importantly, inspiring. The undiscovered country. Now it's old hat and so you get these lazy uninspired programers. Making countless CG animal movies.
But Pixar should never need to do them. I'd rather a brand new great story than any kind of sequel. Pixar's mantra was always "story" not "franchise". 3D Toy Story. Like they oughta spend three years making that instead of blessing us with another film as grand as Ratatouille.
I like the idea, and I really want to love this news. But the 3-D really doesn't work right, yet. The tech that they think they have isn't there. Unless you happen to be someone who has perfect vision and are sitting in the dead center of the theater, then it just doesn't work.
And I wear glasses... damn if I don't hate having those crappy plastic films over my lenses. Earpiece doublage making me look like Will Smith.
there is one loose end that hasn't yet been tied up. one potential story that could enhance the mythos of this franchise and not just bastardize or sell itself out. And that is we never really got a reason for why Woody doesn't remember that he's vintage. While it might just as easily be something we never examine, I think there's a lot of potential there to mine another completely original story that doesn't compromise what's already been laid down.
just wish they would break the mold once in a while and just make a hard edged grown up cg film. with all that talents, why they still feel the need to just make family movies? why not go beyond talking cars/fish/toys/bugs, etc? you think after all their success they will try something different, instead we went back to a talking rat movie.
the japanesse have given us ff:advent children, and while the story sucks there, it shows us some of the best sequences ever commited on film. it'll be only a matter of time when they learn how to tell a good story to go with their actions, and if by then pixar are still playing cutesy with talking animals, i'm afraid it'll be their loss.
Pixar dumped the story that Disney had written for Toy Story 3, not close the door on making their Toy Story 3. That said, for me it's the least anticipated of their upcoming announced films in production.
Although I agree with GibsonUSA re: its standalone quality, it's hard not to anticipate a kickass sequel to such a brilliant movie. TS2 was proof that Pixar can make a quality sequel. Better than TS1? Not sure, but both are great fun. Hopefully, TS3 will be as well.
It looks like the films will be re-rendered from the original computer files so they could update the texture maps for a "newer" and still be the same movie just with updated ( more detailed ) graphics. This looks better than making a 2-D movie into 3-D like the did with SUPERMAN RETURNS only about 25% worked and Clark running thru the cornfield was lame in Faux 3-D.
Toy Story looks 'outdated'? Are you mental? It was done with a style, not in some attempt to be realistic. I can't wait for this 3D shit to fail. It stinks of desperation for the studios to be making films where midway through a scene there's a bit where Beowulf (for instance) shoves a pointy sword at the audience JUST SO WE KNOW IT'S 3D and nothing to do with the story. Once the wow factor has worn off this gimmick, what next - the return of smell-o-vision? What was that crappy rumbling gimmick they used on 'Earthquake'? Come on. Make better movies with better stories, you gimps! We don't need this. It's for amusement parks.
not when it comes to animated humans...not in our lifetimes or that of our grandchildren. Not until AI is developed and can take it all to the next level. Humans are capable of creativing CG of people that will fool anyone.
It was one of the most beautifully "shot" films I've ever seen. And the 3D effect was forgotten after awhile and you just did feel more immersed in the film...just blew me away. The story wasn nothing great, but was serviceable and didn't get in the way of the visuals. That dragon sequences just fucking amazing in 3D.
they should release 3D versions of 1 and 2 AFTER toy story 3. they should debut disney 3d with the new film so that it's fresh and new and interesting..... by releasing the first two films beforehand they are effectively releasing spoilers for their own film! by the time 3 comes out people will be like "yeah, ok, i get it... what's new?"
ON one hand, it can look great and I love PIXAR. On the other, the whole CG animated movie thing has gotten out of control... <p>
Take one story about misfit member of "Group X".<p>
Combine with re-warmed plot about discovering you're special because you're unique. <p>
Add several well-seasoned celebrity voices <p>
Combine into computer animation. <p>
Add Smashmouth's "Rock Star" <p>
Add a dash of Randy Newman's music<p> Throw in a few tunes sung by the cast. <p>
Shake vigorously on TV spots. <p>
Pour into theaters for two weeks, then into DVD cases to chill. <p>
RINSE AND REPEAT, but with different animals/creatures for "Group X" <p>
<p> Seriously. Just about ANY computer animated movie fits this formula. It's pathetic. Ratatouille, Toy Story, Ants, and so on-- All basically the same movie with different characters playing each role. <p>
To give credit where it's due, Pixar did it first, and they did it best, with Toy Story.
OK, Someone who knows better can correct me on this, but Pixar was happy to make TS2, but began making it for straight to video. Someone liked what they saw and increased the budget to make a theatrical release. What pissed Pixar off was that Pixar's contract called for a certain number of original films, even though Disney pushed for the film to go theatrical, Eisner later decided that the film did not count towards that agreement.<br><br>As for TS3, Pixar was not opposed to it per se. They were opposed to the Disney plans to make it without Pixar when things were looking bad between them. Pixar wanted THAT version killed and it was when they made nice and merged. So whatever the plot is, it is very likely NOT one of the ideas for TS3 people heard about before.
Sure, the first has the advantage of having the original magic, but I agree with others that say TS2 has the stronger story. It is not a rehash. It is a distict idea about the whole toy vs collectable thing. Maybe not 'better', but more thought out an idea. And Jessie's song is still my favorite of the 2 films.
...a character gut’s lost (physically or emotionally) and has to make a journey (physically or emotionally) home (physically or emotionally).
They're still great though, and 3-D is a natural progression, so why not re-visit their original and still most famous characters.
because you dont need talking animals to make a great story. just ask miyazaki. or ozamu tezuka. or mamoru oshii. pixar is too imaginative to just limit themselves this way. then again, americans always love their talking animals. so i guess if they keep making them, people will always go see them.
Toy Story and Toy STory 2 were like Starwars and Empire Strikes Back of their day and it wont be a drop in quality like Return of the Jedi (which was still great) so Bring on the 3rd act in the best series of movies in modern times!
I hope they do a good job. Disney lost it's stereoscopic supervisor (Phil McNally) to Dreamworks. He was responsible for the 3D in Chicken Little, Meat the Robbinsons, and the Nightmare Before Christmas conversion.
He is was the reason they all looked so good. It was more about good judgment and technique than new technology (The projection technology isn't that different from the 1950's really).
Usually the people who hate 3D have seen badly made 3D films or have weak depth perception. I really don’t know why people complain about the glasses. Whats the big deal? A lot of people wear glasses in everyday life. It’s still the best way to view 3D in a theater. New “No glasses” techniques have come and gone many times because they never live up to the hype.
Are you all cross eyed or color blind something? Not that there's anything wrong with you if you are - well, there is, but not necessarily your character. But movies in 3D these aren't like 'It Came From Outer Space' or 'Jaws 3D' - the specatacle is incredible! Incredible I say! I'm going to see every 3D film going, provided that they are also doing something exciting in terms of story. Beowulf did both, IMO. Looking forward to U23D, I'm gonna be there for Toy Story 3, and I sure as hell ass gonna be there for frickin Avatar. See you by the (3D) pool...
He should be an adult and he's become a toy collector or something. Wasn't the rumoured story flying around about Buzz being shipped off to Japan or something and the toys have to go to save him? Personally I think that sucks as an idea.
I curious if the people who are complaining about 3-D have been to one of the more recent 3-D movies such as Beowulf, of even the re-release of The Nightmare Before Christmas, or Monster House?
This is not your mama's Red and Blue cardboard 3-D shit, there is some pretty damn incredible work being done in this format. Yes you have to wear special glasses, but the effect is truly incredible. If you know it is best to sit in the center of the theater, get there early, and stake your claim.
I'm really looking forward to seeing these films in a new light. Should not only be cool, but these might actually be the films that finally get audiences into the theaters to see this newer 3-D technology.
...you can sell some people any old shit as long as it's in a shiny wrapper. Why am I not surprised. I've seen Beowulf. I saw Spy Kids 3D. I saw Meet The Robinsons. And Superman Returns. It's a gimmick. Something the studios are using to get people off the internet/download thing and back into cinemas. They're panicking, just like they did when TV was first introduced and it's SAD.
I'd love to see John Goodman and Billy Crystal together again, they made a great team. Pixar always puts the story first, so I'm not worried about Toy Story 3D. Course it just won't be the same without Slinky dog. Incredibles is the best Pixae film to me. Can't wait for Wall*E though.
The whole concept of Toy Story are the toys' fear of Andy growing up...of them being not wanted, needed, or loved anymore.<BR>
Toy Story 3 should go into the meat of this...yes Andy should be older now...and the toys must battle for relevancy or find a new place in their world.
It's because if you ALREADY wear glasses, then you're expected to put a bigger, bulkier pair of 3D glasses over your prescription lenses, and that is just plain uncomfortable for 90 - 120 minutes. It's also not the greatest way to actually see the effect, since you're getting it through two lenses and it ends up a little distorted. <p>
They could at least make a 3D lens clip-on for those of us who are near-sighted.
...as well as every other person in the theatre I was in (half-way through Beowulf's run at that!), but we'll always hear from the vocal minorities, I suppose. I agree that the tech needs some work (and I'm sure that's going on as we speak), but was highly effective for me.<p>I loved Toy Story 1 and 2, favorite is still Incredibles (STILL on the edge of my seat from the ending), so I'm sure I'll dig Toy Story 3D.
Wasn't it announced a few years back that the whole Star Wars saga was going to be re-released for Imax 3-D?? Just another Lucas pipedream, or did it take a back burner to the TV shows and the new Indy.
So i find it very odd that now that he is the king of disney Animation that he is doing this. Igor tells lassetter what to do. Igor wants Toy story three. He is gonna get toy story three. I loved the trailer for wall-e but I wont be suprised if it tanks. If there is one saying Pixar would do well learn and start learning Its Familiarity breeds contempt!
vocal casts for an animated film. I love how Disney milks their library for every last dime..but this does deserve the 3D treatment, which made Meet The Robinsons look great, even though I forgot I had even seen it hours later.
A Toy Story trilogy would be great - especially if they stick with the ending hinted at on the Ultimate Toybox boxset. I seem to remember Toy Story 3 & 4 being announced - but I can't remember if that was the aborted Disney version or the new Pixar version.
Seriously.. I am no where near a fan boy.. but how could you say anything negative about Toy Stories in 3D?!?!?! Wish there was an Ignore list.. so I could just add names easier.. and pare down my talkback reading.
Every Pixar movie is good, but I'd say Incredibles and Monsters Inc are the best and Toy Story 2 is the worst (dunno why everyone is down on Cars... it's right in the middle if the pack IMO).
<p>Some trivia: Toy Story 2 was actually based on the original ideas that they came up with for Toy Story 1. Billy Crystal turned down the role for Woody before it was offered to Tom Hanks. He was happy he got a second chance to work with them on Monsters Inc.