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Pixar Planning 3D Re-Releases Of 'The Incredibles' And 'Ratatouille'

by Kevin Jagernauth
March 17, 2014 11:22 AM
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The Incredibles

Update: And in case you hadn't heard, Disney revealed today that Brad Bird is working on "The Incredibles 2."

The days of Pixar confidently releasing one beautiful and original animated film after another are long gone. Sequels which were once just the domain of the "Toy Story" franchise, have now spread to "Monsters Inc," "Cars" and "Finding Nemo," even while standalone pics like the recent "Brave" don't quite capture the magic of earlier efforts. And it seems Pixar isn't done yet morphing into a machine that seems more concerned these days about re-branding and exploiting their popular properties. 

At the 3D Creative Summit in London, Pixar’s director of 3D production Josh Hollander revealed that the company is planning three-dimensional re-releases of basically all their popular movies. “Right now we’re working on 'The Incredibles,' which is a lot of fun in 3D. I’m not sure what the release strategy for it will be," he said, adding: “We have a version of 'Ratatouille,' which works really well in 3D and we’re trying to figure out exactly what the release strategy for that will be.”

And that's not all.

Screen Daily adds in their report that "3D re-issues of 'Toy Story' and 'Toy Story 2' as well as 'Finding Nemo' and 'Monsters Inc' " are also in the pipeline. And ironically, Hollander acknowledges that excessive use of the format is making audiences tire of putting on the glasses at all.

“I think that we as an industry may have lost some of our audience for 3D with releases that didn’t beg for the medium or didn’t warrant the medium or didn’t use the median in a nuanced and sophisticated and comfortable way,” said Hollander, who hopes that ticket buyers will once be optimistic for 3D, even as Pixar's re-release plans seem to be the very thing audiences are weary of.

So, while you keep waiting for that "The Incredibles" sequel, will seeing it again in 3D be enough to tide you over?

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  • Barry | August 26, 2014 3:32 PMReply

    You should do a story about people selling fake copies of Ratatouille in 3D blu ray.
    On Amazon Canada

    Amazon UK

    and other places I am sure


  • Jeff | April 10, 2014 1:29 PMReply

    Seems like all of you are forgetting about The Good Dinosaur and Inside Out. Those are original Pixar movies that are both coming out in 2015. Pixar usually comes out with one movie a year so they are a bit behind but I'm still looking forward to those. I'm really looking forward to The Incredibles 2 and Finding Dory as the originals were great. I think one of the problems with Cars 2 was the change of directors. Joe Ranft was the director of Cars and after his death in 2005 brad Lewis took over as the director of Cars 2. There was also a change of directors between Monsters Inc. and Monsters University.

  • Griffin | March 18, 2014 6:26 PMReply

    Re-releasing Ratatouille again??? I hope this time they can render him cutier this time. He is an ugly little rodent.

  • jeff | March 18, 2014 4:58 PMReply

    Re-Releases are along standing tradition at disney/pixar . Many of you never saw the original release of pinnochio or bambi or lady and the tramp but watched it when it came back to the theatres in the 80's . It makes sense for the company to reintroduce properties to the masses. chill they are still making original and sequels in addition to re releases

  • Robert | March 18, 2014 6:13 PM

    Disney theatrical re-releases used to be special, in the time before VHS/DVD/Blu-Ray.
    But home video has rendered it mostly obsolete.

  • bam | March 18, 2014 4:23 PMReply

    People here act like they wouldn't do the same for extra millions of dollars for less work

  • Micah | March 18, 2014 3:04 PMReply

    Honestly, Why would they waste their time and make 3-D remakes of already great films, when they could actually make even better sequels to these movies. I would really like to know what happened with The Moleman and Boo.

  • Tony | March 23, 2014 5:13 PM

    They do this because they are putting all their efforts into a new movie coming out next year. It take a few years to do these movies from scratch. They are actually working on one now. The difference with these is the animation and voicing and story line has already been done. So this can go ahead with not a whole lot of effort as they focus on the next NEW movie coming out. They actually pay another company to do the work, they just watch finished scenes this separate company has done in 3d and comment on them as good or maybe do more work on it. Not going to take up a huge amount of their time like a brand new film from scratch. They are doing just to fill the gap of not releasing a movie this year.

  • Robert | March 18, 2014 6:11 PM

    3D versions are hardly "re-makes".... it's just a re-rendering process, that really isn't that difficult with the computer animated movies. Not that big of a deal for them to do.

  • jk | March 17, 2014 5:03 PMReply

    Maybe the 3D gimmick can squeeze a little more money from these movies.

  • JBC | July 30, 2014 8:36 AM

    Just when we got used to the 'colour film' gimmick... Those greedy %&¤#!

  • T | March 17, 2014 1:05 PMReply

    Did you hear that?

    That's the weeping hollows of Steve Jobs....over the "originality" of Pixar now...
    Sad, and needless crap!

  • ratta | April 18, 2014 1:17 PM

    You do realize it takes very little staff to do these conversions, right?

    Not like it's just check the 3D flag and go (even for 3D animated movies), but they don't need the kind of people who are working on new movies constantly to make these conversions happen. The directors might spot check them but that's about it.

    They aren't *not* making anything new, they're just adapting their older movies to a modern format for newer audiences to enjoy (and 3D collectors to purchase) while making new movies.

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