With Atlantis wrapped up for the big screen, there are plenty of other projects in the pipeline for the Disney trio.
Atlantis in Depth
Work has already been underway for the past couple months on the DVD incarnation of Atlantis, which will have both a pan-and-scan edition and a deluxe, two-disc set featuring the widescreen edition and supplements and commentaries.
For those fiends that want to find hidden messages in the Atlantean language while pausing through the frames on DVD, director Kirk Wise suggests there are better things for which to hunt. Having meticulously edited the multiple translations of Atlantean, Wise recommends instead looking at the graveyard of lost ships, right before they’re about to be attacked by the leviathan. “Seems the leviathan has been destroying ships for quite a long time,” Wise teased.
There’s also a Beauty and the Beast re-release in the Imax format in the works for a January 1, 2002, release. Following in the wake of Fantasia 2000, the Imax version has been digitally enhanced for the massive screen and it will include a new song that was storyboarded for the original film, but never used.
Also in the works is Treasure Planet, a science fiction re-telling of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island (once again combining hand-drawn animation with computer animation).
But, the crew still needs time to soak up the accomplishments just completed.
As Wise explained, “One of the reasons why I never quite have a ready answer for when people say, ‘So, what are you going to do next?’ is I feel like I’ve scaled this mountain for four years and I’m finally on top of it and I just want to sit up here for a little while and enjoy the view before I start working my way back down to climb another one.”
Besides, there’s still the stress from dealing with the audience reaction to contend with. As Wise said, “My palms sweat like crazy. I sit there at the back of the theater just drenched, just hoping, praying that they like it.”