Beauty and the Beast in 3D (I’m Sorry This Headline Isn’t a Joke)

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 19, 2008 in Animation |

Beauty and the Beast

In the good old days Walt would worry about the important things in film making: the story, character design, quality animation and of course sound. Disney rediscovered some of the magic later, but sadly they seem to be going backwards again and getting caught up in technique over theater. While I realize that the 3D is cool and of curse it will make money it sort of takes away the focus on what makes the film work on the silver screen:

‘Beauty’ gets 3-D makeover
Disney film to be released in 2010

“The Mouse House is adding “Beauty and the Beast” to its already packed dance card of 3-D pics it will unspool over the next two years. Disney is re-rendering “Beast” using its Disney Digital 3-D technology, and will release the film in 2010. A specific release date has yet been set.

Pic’s original team of filmmakers, including producer Don Hahn and co-directors Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale will oversee the process, along with Sara Duran-Singer, senior VP of worldwide post production at Walt Disney Feature Animation. The re-rendering is expected to take about nine months to complete.

“By going back to the original animation files, which have been carefully archived for 17 years, and using the separate background, effects and character animation elements, we’re able to come up with a fun and unique 3-D experience for existing and new fans of the film,” Hahn said”.”

Doesn’t this sound like something you’d read in the Onion? It feels like it’s only a matter of time until we have really bad titles out there like “Bambi Meets Beauty and the Beast”…

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