‘Ratatouille’ Being Converted Into 3D

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Ratatouille Ratatouille Being Converted Into 3D

Disney/Pixar re-released a 3D version of Toy Story 1 & 2 in theaters last fall to mild success and hopes to repeat the act by converting their 2007 collaboration, Ratatouille into the third dimension for another run on the big screen.

3D has been all the rage for animated films this year, especially for tentpole studio pics like How to Train Your Dragon, Shrek Forever After, Toy Story 3, and Despicable Me.  Disney is hoping to cash in on the craze by re-releasing in theaters two of their traditionally animated films, Beauty & the Beast and The Lion King in 3D over the next few years.

Pixar began releasing their films in 3D last year with Up and will likely continue doing so for their next few films as well.  According to their Stereoscopic Supervisor Bob Whitehall, Pixar’s computer-animated work does not actually require the same post-production process used to convert films like The Last Airbender into 3D – instead, he and his fellow animators can simply re-render the original frames of an animated feature for the 3D format.

In an interview with HeyUGuys, Whitehall insisted that the 3D conversion process with Ratatouille requires only that “minor modifications” be made to the film’s camera angles and character animation.  Whitehall also mentioned that he was working with director Brad Bird on the project, so that no significant changes are made to the feature that Bird does not approve of.

Remy in Ratatouille Ratatouille Being Converted Into 3D

Ratatouille arguably seems the most natural fit for a conversion to 3D than any of Pixar’s other, pre-Up releases.  The film is filled with several impressive tracking shots that follow Remy (voice of comedian Patton Oswalt) throughout the Parisian plumbing and sewage system – even in 2D, it does an excellent job of immersing viewers in the world of its tiny protagonist.  The only downside is that the 3D conversion might diminish the impeccable crispness and texture of Pixar’s original animation.

Whether older Pixar titles like Finding Nemo or A Bug’s Life will be eventually converted into 3D as well remains up in the air for now.  So long as moviegoers’ interest in the craft doesn’t fade too quickly, it is entirely possible that almost every Pixar movie could be re-released in 3D in the future.  I imagine the more action-driven films like The Incredibles and Cars would be first in line for the treatment after Ratatouille - should that be the case.

We’ll keep you posted on when Ratatouille could possibly end up reaching 3D theaters.  Meanwhile, you can check out Pixar’s latest 3D feature, Toy Story 3 in theaters now.

Source: HeyUGuys (via First Showing)

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  1. WTF?!???!!!! Im getting pissed at all the 3D conversions re release thing,i wanna see new movies,new stories not something ive seen like 10 times…….

  2. WHY?

  3. Personally I like 3D with animated films. And SOME live-action films (if they’re done right).

    I would love to see Pixar re-release a lot of there films in 3D. Not just for the 3D treatment but to see them on the big screen also since most I haven’t (I’m only 20).

    Disney the same. The Lion King would be awesome.

  4. Now the lion king i can agree with,one of my favorite films;.)

  5. Convert Wall-E and call it good. That is the only one I would want to see in 3d out of the old ones. Leave them as they are.

  6. Wall E wasnt that good but it was still good……

  7. damn man, enough is enough with the retreads, 3d treatment stuff

  8. Agree with u Anthony;) they should stop already!!!

  9. But I thought Brad Bird was against 3D? Maybe this is why he’s left Pixar (and is currently working at Bad Robot on Mission 4).

  10. You’ll all be able to tell your children you were there when the phased out regular 2D and converted all media to 3D.
    They won’t hear you on account they will be watching “Cars 5″ in RealD,,,

    Have a good one.

  11. Pourquoi?

  12. It’s not a bad move at all. If they set their scenes up completely as models then it is really just a matter of adding a second camera. If all of the render settings are still exactly as they were then you dont even have to render out the lot, just the new “eye”.

    We have been doing it too, whenever there is a little bit of down time on the render farm. We grab a really nice clip and process it out.


  13. I’m hoping that Monsters Inc is converted to 3D. It would be nice seeing outdoor monstropolis in 3d, as well as the himalayas and other places, but the part that 3D would really improve is when they’re riding on the doors in the factory.

  14. Personally I love the 3-D movies and even if successful in other formats. It should be noted creativity from different perspectives.

  15. 3-D animations are very real and beautiful. Risks must be taken to make the most famous movies in this format.

  16. I watched it in 3D, that was a great experience indeed.

  17. hahaha is a good movie-

  18. What a great movie, I really liked the 3d which is handling film.

  19. jajaj if I knew laugh with this movie, and 3D images, excellent.