While 'Toy Story 3' is being produced in 3-D, the first two installments of the successful Disney animation films are undergoing conversion to 3-D versions as well.
The 3-D version of the friendship tale between two rival toys, Woody and Buzz Lightyear, in "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" will be made. The 3-D treatment for the two Disney's successful animation films is done to precede the third installment of the animation film "Toy Story 3", which is also being produced as a 3-D feature film.
On Thursday, January 24, the chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, Dick Cook announced that the 3-D version of "Toy Story" is scheduled to hit theaters on October 2, 2009, while the sequel is slated for February 12, 2010. Further, "Toy Story 3", which is being directed by Pixar filmmaker Lee Unkrich and features again the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, will be released on June 18, 2010.
In the statement, 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." On the creative side team of the 3-D conversions, he added, "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."
Additionally, Lasseter said, "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." He then explained the reason of the 3-D conversion stating, "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."
The original "Toy Story" distributed by Walt Disney Pictures in 1995 was the first feature-length computer-animated film. It earned Academy Award nominations for original score, original song and screenplay, whereas the sequel released in 1999 got an Oscar nomination for original song.