Disney goes 3-D

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Moviegoers will soon find it necessary to sport a new accessory when viewing a Disney movie: 3-D glasses. Eight out of ten Disney movies slated for release in the next four years will be filmed in digital 3-D. "We're excited to be pushing the boundaries of 3-D and computer technology to tell our stories in the best possible way," said John Lasseter, chief creative officer for Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios.

Up first is Bolt, an animated tale of a dog who thinks he has superhero powers. John Travolta and Miley Cyrus lend their voices to the film, which is set for release this November.

While the 3-D lineup includes some old movies remade into 3-D (Toy Story and Toy Story 2), there are some original offerings as well. Toy Story 3 is scheduled to hit theaters in June of 2010 and will feature the return of the entire original cast. Another remake that's sure to be a hit is Cars 2. Set for a summer 2012 release, the story features the two stars of the original - Lightning McQueen and Mater - as they attempt to take on the worlds fastest car.

Disney is also reaching into their tried-and-true bag of fairy tale tricks with two new movies. First is Rapunzel, the classic Brothers Grimm tale of a long-haired girl trapped in a tower, set for Christmas release in 2010. Second is The Bear and the Bow, an adventure tale about a royal family in Scotland, set to open Christmas 2011.

As for those awkward glasses that make viewing 3-D movies somewhat uncomfortable, they are still part of the deal. However, the technology has come a long way since the 1950's and based on my recent experience at the Hannah Montana 3-D movie, I'd say you will hardly notice you are wearing them.


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