Buried in the depths of Disneys massive San Diego Comic-Con press release today is the news that Beauty and the Beast, a highlight of the studios late-20th century renaissance, will be enhanced with 3D digital effects for a February 12, 2010 theatrical re-release. The timeless story continues to be revisited even today, with the upcoming Beastly offering a con-temporized re-imagining of the unlikely love story. Disneys Beast is notably the only animated work to ever receive a Best Picture Academy Award nomination.
The press release states that Beauty and the Beast will be featured as part of Disneys animation panel, which will feature special guests Hayao Miyazaki and John Lasseter. The duo will join animation vets Lee Unkrich, Kirk Wise, Ron Clements and John Musker in a presentation of upcoming Disney Animation releases, including the soon-to-be-3Dified Toy Story/Toy Story 2,Toy Story 3,The Princess & the Frog and Miyazakis Ponyo. The panel will be moderated by none other than Patton Oswalt.
This years show will also house the first-ever panel featuring 3D footage, from Disneys A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland and the Tron sequel. Its probably too much to hope that well get a glimpse of the 3D-treated Toy Story double-feature, but all told, Disney is gearing up for a smashingly successful SDCC appearance. Tron producers Sean Bailey and Steve Lisberger will be joined by Tim Burton and Robert Zemeckis (in their first appearance at SDCC). So basically, you dont want to miss this one either.