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

Disney Digital 3-D is not a presentation nor a production format or technology. 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, Dolby 3D, XpanD 3D and MasterImage 3D. There is no specific handling involved.

Title history

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

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

In 2007, Disney re-released Working for Peanuts, a 1953 animated film produced in 3D. It accompanied the theatrical release of the 3D version of Meet the Robinsons.

The first live-action material recorded in digital 3D by Disney was Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert, released in 2008. In 2009, G-Force followed, marking the first scripted live-action 3D movie under the Disney Digital 3-D brand (as well as Jerry Bruckheimer's first 3D film).

On May 29, 2009, Disney· released Pixar's Up, the first Pixar film to be presented in 3D. It 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' animation was altered. Subsequent Pixar films, such as Toy Story 3 and Cars 2, were released in Disney Digital 3D.

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 - and Beauty and the Beast - limited to 13-day run in September at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles for North America, as well as short runs in New Zealand, Japan, Australia, India and Spain in 2010. These re-releases were supervised by Don Hahn, who produced both films. Beauty and the Beast in 3D received a wider release in 2012.

List of Disney Digital 3-D films

Feature films

Original releases

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
Alice in Wonderland March 5, 2010
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
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
The Jungle Book April 15, 2016
Alice Through the Looking Glass May 27, 2016
Finding Dory June 17, 2016
The BFG July 1, 2016
Pete's Dragon August 12, 2016
Moana November 23, 2016
Beauty and the Beast March 17, 2017
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
Aladdin May 24, 2019
Toy Story 4 June 21, 2019
The Lion King July 19, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil October 18, 2019
Frozen II November 22, 2019


Title Release date
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) October 27, 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 films

Original releases

Title Release date Released with
Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales: Tokyo Mater November 21, 2008 Bolt
Partly Cloudy May 29, 2009 Up
Day & Night June 18, 2010 Toy Story 3
Tick Tock Tale November 24, 2010 Tangled
Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation June 24, 2011 Cars 2
Tangled Ever After January 13, 2012 Beauty and the Beast 3D
La Luna June 22, 2012 Brave
Toy Story Toons: Partysaurus Rex September 14, 2012 Finding Nemo 3D
Paperman November 2, 2012 Wreck-It Ralph
The Blue Umbrella June 21, 2013 Monsters University
Get a Horse! November 27, 2013 Frozen
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 Moana
Lou June 16, 2017 Cars 3
Olaf's Frozen Adventure November 22, 2017 Coco
Bao June 15, 2018 Incredibles 2


Title Release date Released with
Knick Knack (1989) October 20, 2006 The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D
Working for Peanuts (1953) March 30, 2007 Meet the Robinsons
For the Birds (2000) December 19, 2012 Monsters, Inc. 3D

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