The Walt Disney Studios has announced plans to release at least 15 of its films for in-home viewing on Blu-ray 3D in 2011.
Among the list of films to debut on 3D include animated classics THE LION KING (check out the cover art) and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, recent theatrical releases including TRON: LEGACY and TANGLED, plus many others to be announced that will release day-and-date and packaged with a non-3D Blu-ray Disc.
Also slated for release in 2011 are BOLT, MEET THE ROBINSONS, TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, G-FORCE and CHICKEN LITTLE. These titles will join The Walt Disney Studios’ recent 2010 Blu-ray 3D releases ALICE IN WONDERLAND, DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL and STEP UP 3.
In addition to the films being in 3D, each disc will include thematically linked 3D menus, 3D previews of coming-attractions trailers and an introduction to Disney Blu-ray 3D featuring Timon and Pumbaa from THE LION KING.
The morning it was announced that Pixar’s WALL-E had been nominated for six Academy Awards, including best Animated Feature. Competing against WALL-E are Disney’s Bolt and DreamWorks Animations’ Kung Fu Panda.
The other awards WALL-E was nominated for are:
Song (Down to Earth)
WALL-E tied Beauty Beast as the animated movie with the most Oscar nominations. Rounding out the animated movie nominees were Waltz With Bashir for Foreign Language Film and La Maison de Petits Cubes, Lavatory – Lovestory, Oktapodi, Presto, and This Way Up for Animated Short Film.
The 66th Annual Golden Globe nominees have been announced and Kung Fu Panda, WALL-E and Bolt were nominated for Best Animated Film. Both WALL-E and Bolt were also nominated for Best Original Song. The nominated WALL-E song was co-written by Peter Gabriel and the “Bolt” song was co-written by Miley Cyrus.
The Golden Globes ceremony will be broadcast on Sunday, January 11th, 2009 at 8 PM EST on NBC.
The 36th annual Annie Awards nominations have been announced. Leading the pack is Kung Fu Panda with 17 nominations, followed by Bolt with 9 and Wall-e with 8.
Best Animated Feature
Bolt - Walt Disney Animation Studios
Kung Fu Panda – DreamWorks Animation
$9.99 – Sherman Pictures/Lama Films
WALL-E – Pixar Animation Studios
Waltz With Bashir – Sony Pictures Classics/Bridgit Folman, Les Films
D’ici, Razor Films
Fourteen features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 81st Academy Awards.
The 14 submitted features are:
“Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!”
“Fly Me to the Moon”
“Kung Fu Panda”
“Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa”
“The Sky Crawlers”
“Sword of the Stranger”
“The Tale of Despereaux”
“Waltz with Bashir”
“Bolt,” “Delgo,” “Dragon Hunters,” “$9.99,” “The Sky Crawlers,” “The Tale of Despereaux” and “Waltz with Bashir” have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying run. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and meet all of the category’s other qualifying rules before they can advance in the voting process.
Under the rules for this category, a maximum of 3 films can be nominated in a year in which the field of eligible entries numbers at least 8 but fewer than 16.
Films submitted in the Animated Feature Film category also may qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, provided they meet the requirements for those categories.
The 81st Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, January 22, 2009, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2008 will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2009, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.
Check out this four minute clip of Disney’s Bolt, in theater November 21, 2008.
Bolt is Disney’s latest computer animated movie; one for which new techniques had to be invented by the studio’s artists. With production wrapping up, Disney gave ComingSoon.net the chance to go behind the scenes and experience firsthand the level of detail that goes into a project such as Bolt.