Good to see that the Mouse House (and affiliated studio), is following Jeffrey Katzenberg down the 3-D 3-D rabbit hole:
In a big boost for the exhibition of films in 3-D, Walt Disney Co. said it would release all feature animation films from its Pixar unit in the format beginning next year ...
Disney also fleshed out its animation film schedule through the summer of 2012. Releases include a third installment of Pixar's "Toy Story" franchise and a sequel to Pixar's 2006 release "Cars" that is slated for the summer of 2012. Other releases include this June's non-3-D Pixar feature "Wall-E," the tale of a robot's quest for love; a Thanksgiving release of "Bolt," about a show-business dog featuring the voices of John Travolta and bankable Disney teen star Miley Cyrus; as well as a planned four-movie slate in its new "Tinker Bell" direct-to-DVD franchise ...
I got a call from a reporter about all this earlier today. He wanted to know, "Is it going to be tough for Pixar to produce more than one feature film a year?"
I said to him (paraphrasing here): "Not if they have enough competent story people to handle development, and not if story development goes smoothly.
"Trouble is, 84% of the time, story development doesn't go zip-bang-boom. There's always a snafu somewhere, and then you have the option of a) stopping forward movement on the production until story and character troubles are fixed or b) trying to fix story holes on the fly as production keeps thundering along."
In other words, there are no simple, one-size-fits-all solutions. If good stories were that easy and simple to develop, Hollywood would have a lot more homeruns and a lot fewer foul outs and bloop singles.