Earlier tonight, I visited an AMC Theater in New York City and noticed new standees for Star Wars: Episode One – The Phantom Menace 3D, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, and Walt Disney’s Beauty and the Beast 3D. Like every Star Wars fan, I wish George Lucas had started his post conversion crusade with Episode 4 and continued in the original order of release. But it’s pretty clear he doesn’t listen to the fans and he’s going to do what he wants to do.
Saying that, the Titanic 3D footage that James Cameron recently showed has absolutely sold me on post conversion when it’s done slowly and with tremendous care. While I’m sure The Phantom Menace 3D is going to look fantastic, the post conversion isn’t going to make the film any better. However, while I don’t care about the new trilogy in 3D, I’d love to see Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back in 3D, so I do hope enough fans turn out to justify more conversions. Hit the jump for the displays, and let me know in the comments if you plan on seeing The Phantom Menace in 3D.
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 3D opens February 10, 2012. Here’s the trailer.
Here’s the official synopsis for Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax which opens on March 2nd, 2012. Here’s the trailer.
From the creators of Despicable Me and the imagination of Dr. Seuss comes the 3D-CG feature Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, an adaptation of the classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. The animated adventure follows the journey of a 12-year-old as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.
Danny DeVito will lend his vocal talents to the iconic title character of the Lorax, while Ed Helms will voice the enigmatic Once-ler. Also bringing their talents to the film are global superstars Zac Efron as Ted, the idealistic youth who searches for the Lorax, and Taylor Swift as Audrey, the girl of Ted’s dreams. Rob Riggle will play financial king O’Hare, and beloved actress Betty White will portray Ted’s wise Grammy Norma.Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is the third feature created by Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me, Hop).
The Beauty and the Beast theater standee is just a large version of the poster. Beauty and the Beast 3D gets released January 13.