Disney has just announced at ShoWest that instead of re-releasing Toy Story in 3-D on October 2 and waiting 4 months to re-release Toy Story 2 in 3-D on Febrary 12 of 2010, they are going to release both films as a double feature on October 2nd of this year!! This re-release, however, will be considered a "limited engagement", so you had better go out to the theaters and see it within a week or two of October 2. The February 12, 2010 spot has now been filled with a re-release of the animated Disney classic Beauty and the Beast in 3-D (how they're managing this, don't even ask. . .).
Seeing as John Lasseter was the main man behind these two great films, it seems fitting that he gets the quote from the press release:
"The 'Toy Story' films and characters will always hold a very special place in our hearts and we're so excited to be bringing these first two films back for audiences to enjoy in a whole new way thanks to the latest in 3D technology. Disney Digital 3D offers lots of great new possibilities for the art of animation and we will continue to use this new technology to push the boundaries in telling our stories. With 'Toy Story 3' shaping up to be another great adventure for Buzz, Woody and the gang from Andy's room, we thought this would be the perfect way to let audiences experience the first two films all over again. To see the movies back to back will be an amazing treat as well. This is certainly nostalgic for me and reminiscent of my youth when double features were the norm."How great is this!? Not only do we get to see Toy Story on the big screen in only 6 months, but we also get to see Toy Story 2, and both will be in 3-D (although I hope you know how I feel about that...)! In addition to being excited about seeing these films back-to-back in October, you can also expect to see Toy Story 3's long-awaited trailer right before them! I hope that we get to see Tin Toy and Luxo, Jr. as well as perhaps a new short in-between the features as was customary when double features were the standard in movie theaters. I can't wait for October!