On the heels of the successful launch of Chicken Little in 3-D, Disney has announced that it will apply the Disney Digital 3-D process to its next computer-animated feature, Meet the Robinsons, which will open in theaters nationwide in December of 2006.
The Disney Digital 3-D technology allows films to be exhibited in stereoscopic 3-D that requires viewers to don special glasses. The Chicken Little 3-D experience opened in 79 specially equipped theaters and averaged a whopping $26,000 per venue.
Meet the Robinsons will get a much wider 3-D rollout, hitting between 750 to 1000 screens with Real D capabilities, according to Chuck Viane, president of Buena Vista Pictures Distribution. He comments, “Certainly Chicken Little, with its witty story and amazing animation, is a fantastic movie-going experience in any format. However, the box office performance level of the 3-D theaters proves that the public is not only embracing the story but the newest in innovative technology as well. The folks at Dolby, ILM and Real D certainly deserve kudos for their collaboration with us in this revolutionary and highly successful venture.”
Based on the bestselling book A Day with Wilbur Robinson by William Joyce (George Shrinks, Rolie, Polie Olie), Meet the Robinsons tells the story of Lewis, a 12 year-old genius inventor who meets a mysterious boy from the future named Wilbur Robinson. The two travel forward in time and spend a day with Wilbur’s eccentric family, a day that will change Lewis’ life forever. Meet the Robinsons is directed by first-timer Steve Anderson and produced by Dorothy McKim.