Disney Digital 3-D

Disney Digital 3-D is a brand name used by The Walt Disney Company to describe three-dimensional films made and released by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures mostly under the Walt Disney Pictures label and shown exclusively using digital projection.

Disney Digital 3-D
Disney Digital 3D logo.svg
Product typeMotion picture exhibition
OwnerThe Walt Disney Company
IntroducedJune 23, 2005; 14 years ago (2005-06-23)

Disney Digital 3-D in itself is not a presentation or a production format or technology, but rather purely a marketing concept. Films advertised as Disney Digital 3-D come from a number of sources, film, digital camera as well as animation software, and can be presented using any digital 3D technology, including RealD 3D, Dolby 3D, XpanD 3D and MasterImage 3D. There is no specific handling involved.


Pre-2005 Disney 3-D filmsEdit

Disney had previously released two 3D animated shorts in 1953, Adventures in Music: Melody, the first American 3D animated short,[1] and Working for Peanuts, starring Donald Duck and Chip 'n' Dale.

Disney also produced 3D films for its theme parks, including Disneyland's 3D Jamboree (1956), featuring the Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeers and including Melody and Working for Peanuts; Magic Journeys (1982), Captain EO (1986), Muppet*Vision 3D (1991), Honey, I Shrunk the Audience (1994), It's Tough to Be a Bug! (1998), the film portion of Tokyo DisneySea's Magic Lamp Theater, and Mickey's PhilharMagic (2003).[2]

Between 2003 and 2005, Dimension Films (then-owned by The Weinstein Company) had made a couple of 3D films. Two of them were Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over and The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D.

Post-2005 Disney 3-D filmsEdit

The first Disney Digital 3-D film was Chicken Little, which was released in late 2005.[3] For the release, Disney collaborated with RealD to install RealD's 3D digital projection system featuring Christie CP2000 2K DLP projectors along with silver screens for 84 screens in U.S. theaters.[4]

The computer-animated film Chicken Little was followed by a re-release of The Nightmare Before Christmas on October 20, 2006. Nightmare, a 1993 stop-motion film, was originally shot in 2D on 35mm-film with the 3D version generated by Industrial Light and Magic from this source using computer technology.

In 2007, Disney re-released the film Working for Peanuts with the theatrical release of the 3D version of Meet the Robinsons.

The first live-action Disney Digital 3-D release was Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert, which followed in 2008. In 2009, G-Force became the first film in Disney Digital 3-D from producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

On May 29, 2009, Disney released Pixar's Up, the first Pixar film to be presented in 3D. This film was then followed by a 3D double feature re-release of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 on October 2, 2009, although neither of these films' animations was altered. Subsequent Pixar films, such as Toy Story 3 and Cars 2, were also released in Disney Digital 3-D.

Two of Disney's traditionally animated films were reissued with 3D conversions in 2011; The Lion King – released on August 26 internationally and on September 16 in North America,[5] and Beauty and the Beast – limited to 13-day run in September at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles for North America, as well as short runs in New Zealand, Japan, Australia, India and Spain in 2010.[6][7] These re-releases were being supervised by Don Hahn, who produced both films. Beauty and the Beast in 3D received a wider release on January 13, 2012. Two more films were reissued in 3D in 2012; Finding Nemo on September 14 and Monsters, Inc. on December 19. The Little Mermaid was going to be re-released in 3D on September 13, 2013, but was cancelled due to the underperformances of the other Disney 3D re-releases until further notice. The 3D version of The Little Mermaid did, however, play for a limited engagement at the El Capitan Theatre from September to October 2013.[8]

Disney has released films from Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm in the 3D format, beginning with The Avengers (2012) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), respectively. However, the 3D format was not branded as "Disney."

List of Disney Digital 3-D filmsEdit

Feature filmsEdit

Original releasesEdit

Title Release date
Chicken Little November 4, 2005
Meet the Robinsons March 30, 2007
Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert February 1, 2008
Bolt November 21, 2008
Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience February 27, 2009
Up May 29, 2009
G-Force July 24, 2009
A Christmas Carol November 6, 2009
Toy Story 3 June 18, 2010
Tangled November 24, 2010
Tron: Legacy December 17, 2010
Mars Needs Moms March 11, 2011
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides May 20, 2011
Cars 2 June 24, 2011
John Carter March 9, 2012
Brave June 22, 2012
Frankenweenie October 5, 2012
Wreck-It Ralph November 2, 2012
Oz the Great and Powerful March 8, 2013
Monsters University June 21, 2013
Planes August 9, 2013
Frozen November 27, 2013
Maleficent May 30, 2014
Planes: Fire & Rescue July 18, 2014
Big Hero 6 November 7, 2014
Inside Out June 19, 2015
The Good Dinosaur November 25, 2015
The Finest Hours January 29, 2016
Zootopia March 4, 2016
Alice Through the Looking Glass May 27, 2016
Finding Dory June 17, 2016
The BFG July 1, 2016
Moana November 23, 2016
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales May 26, 2017
Cars 3 June 16, 2017
Coco November 22, 2017
A Wrinkle in Time March 9, 2018
Incredibles 2 June 15, 2018
Ralph Breaks the Internet November 21, 2018
Toy Story 4 June 21, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil October 18, 2019
Frozen II November 22, 2019

Original releases (live action remakes)Edit

Title Release date
Alice in Wonderland March 5, 2010
The Jungle Book April 15, 2016
Pete's Dragon August 12, 2016
Beauty and the Beast March 17, 2017
Dumbo March 29, 2019
Aladdin May 24, 2019
The Lion King July 19, 2019


Title Release date
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) October 20, 2006
Toy Story (1995) and Toy Story 2 (1999) (double feature) October 2, 2009
The Lion King (1994) September 16, 2011
Beauty and the Beast (1991) January 13, 2012
Finding Nemo (2003) September 14, 2012
Monsters, Inc. (2001) December 19, 2012

Short filmsEdit

Original releasesEdit

Title Release date Released with
Tick Tock Tale March 30, 2007
Meet the Robinsons
John Henry December 12, 2008
Partly Cloudy May 29, 2009
Day & Night June 18, 2010
Toy Story 3
The Adventures of André & Wally B. June 24, 2011
Cars 2
La Luna June 22, 2012
Paperman November 2, 2012
Wreck-It Ralph
The Blue Umbrella June 21, 2013
Monsters University
Destino November 27, 2013
Feast November 7, 2014
Big Hero 6
Lava June 19, 2015
Inside Out
Sanjay's Super Team November 25, 2015
The Good Dinosaur
Piper June 17, 2016
Finding Dory
Inner Workings November 23, 2016
Lou June 16, 2017
Cars 3
Red's Dream November 22, 2017
Bao June 15, 2018
Incredibles 2


Title Release date Released with
Lorenzo October 20, 2006
The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D
Tin Toy October 2, 2009
Toy Story and Toy Story 2 3D
The Little Matchgirl January 13, 2012
Beauty and the Beast 3D
Knick Knack (1989) September 14, 2012
Finding Nemo 3D
For the Birds[9] (2000) December 19, 2012
Monsters, Inc. 3D

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Original Disney 3-D". MousePlanet. September 16, 2009. Retrieved October 9, 2012.
  2. ^ Smith, Dave (August 1, 2012). "Disney A to Z: The Official Encyclopedia supplement" (PDF). The Walt Disney Company. Retrieved October 9, 2012.
  3. ^ "The Walt Disney Studios and Dolby Bring Disney Digital 3-D(TM) to Selected Theaters Nationwide With CHICKEN LITTLE on Dolby Digital Cinema". PR Newswire. June 27, 2011. Retrieved September 3, 2011.
  4. ^ Carolyn Giardina (March 7, 2007). "New dimension at Real D". HollywoodReporter.com. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved March 12, 2007.
  5. ^ McClintock, Pamela (May 26, 2011). "Disney's 'The Lion King' to Return to Theaters in Digital 3D". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 26, 2011.
  6. ^ Stewart, Andrew (August 11, 2011). "'Beauty 3D' to single screen". Variety.com. Retrieved August 18, 2011.
  7. ^ "(3D) Beauty and the Beast at Hoyts Cinemas". Hoyts.com.au. Archived from the original on August 9, 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
  8. ^ Oliver Oliveros (August 27, 2013). "Hollywood's El Capitan Will Be the Only Theatre in the World to Screen THE LITTLE MERMAID 3D, 9/13-10/13". Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  9. ^ Tipton, Janelle (December 19, 2012). "Behind the Scenes of 'Monsters, Inc. 3D', 'Oz' Trailer Debut in Theaters". The Walt Disney Company. Retrieved January 7, 2013. With this release, audiences also get to see "For the Birds" the original short that ran with Monsters, Inc., take off in 3D, as well as a brand-new trailer for Disney's March release Oz The Great and Powerful!

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