The stereoscopic conversions of Disney's <i>The Lion King</i> and <i>Beauty and the Beast</i> required development of novel techniques to art direct, edit, and visualize 3D depth. Producing stereo without geometric models meant the creation of an extensive toolset to create and validate plausible depth for each pixel on screen.
The number of theater screens domestically that are equipped for digital 3D exhibition is currently only about one quarter of the total number that are reached by an animated feature film in wide release. Any such film could not ignore the aesthetic demands particular to 2D exhibition on a statistical basis alone. However, the cost and effort of producing a… (More)