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Friday, November 11, 2005

A 'Little' party at Disney

Disney's animators were celebrating the release of "Chicken Little" when I stopped by the studio this afternoon, with a big party in front of the Sorcerer's Apprentice hat. (That's Disney's Feature Animation building at right.) There were drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and a live band. Interesting snippet from the very last speech, overheard as I was going inside: "It feels like a dark cloud has lifted." I presume that means that Disney's drought - when it comes to hit animated movies - may be over. And that the studio has proven it can compete with the CG biggies, Pixar and DreamWorks (where I spent most of the day.)

Mike Curtis of HD for Indies has a great report on seeing "Chicken Little" in 3-D. He writes:

    3D rendered movies projected in normal 2D theaters suddenly feels kind of pointless. 3D animated movies should be shown in 3D henceforth, no doubt about it - this is the New Thing as far as I'm concerned. Pixar should perk up and take notice...

I would bet money that the next pictures from Pixar and DreamWorks will have 3-D releases. Wouldn't you?