The Great 2009 3D Movie Timeline
With 2009 shaping up to be a big year for 3D movies and technologies we bring you this summary of the most anticipated 3D movies scheduled for release in the upcoming year. A big list of movie release dates for 3D films coming out in 2009.
Update: The Great 2010 3D Movie Timeline has just been posted!
Cast your eyes upon this list of all-encompassing 3-dimensional glory!
My Bloody Valentine 3D
Release Date: January 16 2009
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Ten years ago, a tragedy changed the town of Harmony forever. Tom Hanniger (Jensen Ackles), an inexperienced coal miner, caused an accident in the tunnels that trapped and killed five men and sent the only survivor, Harry Warden (Richard John Walters), into a coma. But Harry Warden wanted revenge. Exactly one year later, on Valentine’s Day, he woke up and brutally murdered twenty-two people with a pickax before being killed.
Ten years later, Tom Hanniger returns to Harmony on Valentine’s Day, still haunted by the deaths he caused. Struggling to make amends with his past, he grapples with unresolved feelings for his ex-girlfriend, Sarah (Jaime King), who is now married to his best friend, Axel (Kerr Smith), the town sheriff. But tonight, after years of peace, something from Harmony’s dark past has returned. Wearing a miner’s mask and armed with a pickax, an unstoppable killer is on the loose. And as his footsteps come ever closer, Tom, Sarah and Axel realize in terror that it just might be Harry Warden who’s come back to claim them…
My Bloody Valentine is a completely 3D film, using new Real D 3D technology, as seen in films such as Journey to the Center of the Earth. The film will also be available in 2D for theaters that are not equipped to process new digital 3D technology.
Release Date: February 6 2009
Coraline is an animated stop-motion horror fantasy film based on Neil Gaiman’s novella of the same name. Directed by Henry Selick, it is scheduled to be released in theaters on February 6, 2009.
The film is about a young girl, Coraline (Dakota Fanning), who unlocks a mysterious door in her new home and enters into a parallel reality, a fantastical and thrilling imitation of her own dull life. In this world, Coraline finds a new version of her real mother (Teri Hatcher) and father (John Hodgman), her off-kilter neighbors, Miss Forcible (Jennifer Saunders), Miss Spink (Dawn French) and Mr Bobinski (Ian MacShane), and the Cat (Keith David). However, this other world soon begins to unravel and she becomes a prisoner to her Other Mother and must count on her resourcefulness, determination, and bravery to get back home.
Monsters vs. Aliens 3D
Release Date: March 27 2009
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Monsters vs. Aliens is an upcoming 2009 computer-animated 3-D feature film from DreamWorks Animation. The release date was moved up to March 27th, 2009 to prevent competition with James Cameron’s upcoming Avatar.
When California resident Susan Murphy (Reese Witherspoon) mysteriously grows to 49 ft 11 in, she is labelled a monster and taken in by the military to a institution housing four other monsters: Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D., an insect-headed mad scientist (Hugh Laurie), the Missing Link, a thousands-of-years-old fish-man (Will Arnett), B.O.B., an indestructible gelatinous mass (Seth Rogen) and Insectosaurus, a fuzzy 350-foot bug that makes even Susan look tiny by comparison. When a UFO lands and aliens demand that Earth be given to them, General W.R. Monger (Kiefer Sutherland) suggests to the President (Stephen Colbert) that the monsters can provide the firepower to defeat the aliens.
Up in 3D
Release Date: May 29 2009 in the USA, October 16 2009 in the UK
Up is an upcoming computer-animated 3-D film being produced by Pixar Animation Studios. The film is directed by Monsters, Inc. director Pete Docter and features the voices of Edward Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai and John Ratzenberger. It is the first Pixar film to be presented in Disney Digital 3-D.
Carl Fredricksen (Edward Asner) is 78 years old. When Carl was a child, he met and eventually married a girl named Ellie who grew up in a small midwestern town. Ellie always dreamed of exploring the mountains, but she died before she got a chance. Now, when developers threaten to move him into an assisted living home, Carl decides to fulfill his promise to Ellie. To accomplish this, he befriends a chubby eight-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell. The two opposites match up for thrilling adventures as they encounter wild terrain, unexpected villains, and all the terrifying creatures that wait in the jungle.
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 3D
Release Date: July 1 2009
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs also known as Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is an upcoming 2009 computer animated film to be the third installment of the Ice Age film series.
The teaser trailer was released with the film Horton Hears a Who!, and features the films’ familiar saber-toothed squirrel, Scrat. The trailer reveals that a population of dinosaurs have survived extinction, living beneath thick layers of ice in a tropical habitat, and are released when the ice thaws. The trailer first appeared on the official website in May 2008, 14 months before the film’s release in theaters.
The first trailer opens amidst a blizzard. Scrat is trying to get through it, when he notices his acorn. During his struggles to reach it, he is engulfed in snow and frozen. He manages to pop open his eyes, using them to lean himself toward the acorn. He successfully pulls it out, releasing warm gases from beneath the ice, which thaws Scrat. Feeling around with his foot, he discovers he has made a large hole in the ice, and falls through. After hitting a few trees, he slides down to the tip of a scaly back and tail, losing his acorn. He slides down to the tip of the tail as it rises, coming face to face with a Tyrannosaurus rex. The end of the trailer shows the Tyrannosaurus rex roaring at Scrat and cuts to the inside of the dinosaur’s mouth, where Scrat is seen, his eyes twitching before the Tyrannosaurus rex’s mouth snaps shut.
Release Date: July 24 2009
G-Force is an announced film to be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer for Walt Disney Pictures.
Release Date: July 24 2009
Piranha 3-D is an upcoming 2009 3D horror film to be directed by Alexandre Aja. It is a remake of the 1978 film Piranha, and is currently scheduled for release on July 24, 2009.
The film takes place in Lake Havasu, Arizona where every year the population of the lake ranges from 5,000 to 50,000 for the 4th of July. Havasu sits in the crater formed by a prehistoric volcanic eruption, and when earth tremors tear open a crack in the lake floor, piranhas are unleashed. Unstoppable killing machines acting blindly under one primeval impulse: to hunt down anything that moves and strip it to the raw, bleeding bone.
Final Destination 4: Death Trip 3D
Release Date: August 21 2009
Final Destination 4: Death Trip 3D is the upcoming installment in the Final Destination supernatural thriller franchise.
On what should have been a fun-filled day at the races, Nick O’Bannon has a horrific premonition in which a bizarre sequence of events causes multiple race cars to crash, sending flaming debris into the stands, brutally killing his friends and causing the upper deck of the stands to collapse on him. When he comes out of this grisly nightmare Nick panics, persuading his girlfriend, Lori, and their friends, Janet and Hunt, to leave…escaping seconds before Nick’s frightening vision becomes a terrible reality. Thinking they’ve cheated death, the group has a new lease on life, but unfortunately for Nick and Lori, it is only the beginning. As his premonitions continue and the crash survivors begin to die one-by-one–in increasingly gruesome ways–Nick must figure out how to cheat death once and for all before he, too, reaches his final destination. The film marks the latest in the highly popular “Final Destination” series, and its first 3D installment, giving horror fans an especially visceral thrill ride.
Toy Story 3D
Release Date: October 2 2009
The original Toy Story is set for re-release this October in Disney Digital 3-D!
Old-fashioned cowboy doll Woody is coordinating a reconnaissance mission around his owner Andy’s birthday party in the days before Andy’s family move to their new house. To Woody’s dismay, Andy receives a new action figure in the form of space ranger Buzz Lightyear, whose impressive features soon see Buzz replacing Woody as Andy’s favorite toy. Woody – the former de facto leader of Andy’s toys – is disappointed by his replacement and resentful towards Buzz. For his part, Buzz does not understand that he is a toy. Instead he believes himself to be an actual space ranger, seeing Woody as an interference in his ‘mission’.
Astro Boy 3D
Release Date: October 30 2009
Set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist in the image of the son he has lost. Unable to fulfill the grieving man’s expectations, Astro Boy embarks on a journey in search of acceptance, experiencing betrayal and a netherworld of robot gladiators, before he returns to save Metro City and reconcile with the father who had rejected him
Christmas Carol 3D
Release Date: November 6 2009
Christmas Carol is a 2009 film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ 1843 story of the same name.
A Christmas Carol is a Victorian morality tale of an old and bitter miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, who undergoes a profound experience of redemption over the course of one night. Mr. Scrooge is a financier/money-changer who has devoted his life to the accumulation of wealth. He holds anything other than money in contempt, including friendship, love and the Christmas season.
Planet 51 3D
Release Date: November 20 2009
Planet 51 is an upcoming animated film directed by Jorge Blanco and written by Joe Stillman.
The film follows a human astronaut who lands on Planet 51 thinking he’s the first to set foot on it. However, he discovers it’s inhabited by little green people who live in a white picket-fenced world reminiscent of 1950s America.
Release Date: December 18 2009
A band of humans are pitted in a battle against a distant planet’s indigenous population. Revolutionary filmmaking techniques and a $190 million budget. Avatar is an upcoming 3-D science fiction film directed by James Cameron, due to be released on December 18, 2009.
In director James Cameron’s original script treatment of Avatar, a man tries to make his way as a miner by combining with an alien during an interplanetary war in which aliens can make themselves manifest by possessing human bodies – avatars.
When Avatar was titled “Project 880″, a casting call was put out in June 2006 with a plot description provided, saying, “In the future, Jake, a paraplegic war veteran is brought to another planet, Pandora, which is inhabited by the Na’vi, a humanoid race with their own language and culture. Those from Earth find themselves at odds with each other and the local culture.”
In December 2006, Cameron described Avatar as “a futuristic tale set on a planet 200 years hence [...] an old-fashioned jungle adventure with an environmental conscience [that] aspires to a mythic level of storytelling.” The January 2007 press release described the film: “Avatar is also an emotional journey of redemption and revolution. It is the story of a wounded ex-marine, thrust unwillingly into an effort to settle and exploit an exotic planet rich in biodiversity, who eventually crosses over to lead the indigenous race in a battle for survival,” and “We’re creating an entire world, a complete ecosystem of phantasmagorical plants and creatures, and a native people with a rich culture and language.”
And there we have it. Stay tuned for our list of announced far future releases, and a look at Pixar’s recent announcement that they will be releasing all future feature films in full Disney 3D.
Update: The Great 2010 3D Movie Timeline has just been posted!