Nightmare to get Disney Digital 3-D treatment
On the heels of James Cameron’s optimistic roadmap for 3-D at last week’s NAB2006, comes news that Disney will reissue TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS in digital 3-D for a Halloween engagement beginning Oct. 20, reports THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
Industrial Light & Magic, which collaborated with Disney last year on the successful 3-D launch of CHICKEN LITTLE, is currently scanning and converting the stop motion classic with the help of Burton and NIGHTMARE director Henry Selick. Appropriately ghoulish glasses are in the works too.
The beautiful sets and puppetry will no doubt benefit from the immersive experience in 3-D, as Disney hopes to capitalize on the phenomenal success of Warner Bros.’ THE POLAR EXPRESS in IMAX 3-D, which has become a perennial theatrical event at Thanksgiving.
Meanwhile, Disney previously announced that its next animated feature, MEET THE ROBINSONS, would also get the digital 3-D treatment when it opens March 30, 2007.