Am I misremembering or are there unique 4:3 and 16:9 versions of some Pixar movies?
I’m not sure what you mean by unique specifically, but I’ve noticed with many Pixar movies from 1998-2006 (with the exception of The Incredibles), the 4:3 versions only on DVD would be reframed to be closer to the left or right, show more of the top and bottom image, pan and scan here and there, etc. Took some screenshots of the Fullscreen version to the 2001 (reprint of 2000) DVD to Toy Story 2 to compare it to the normal widescreen version for comparison if you’d like to see.
Yes I could be wrong but I thought that one or more movies were re-rendered for fullscreen with characters repositioned accordingly to suit the framing, not just the camera reframed in general. If it’s true then I’m sure it varies by shot with the minimum amount of work possible. Feel free to post any caps.
Edit. Also in this vein, were any releases actually done from film prints or were they all done from master digital files to NTSC? If they can put it on film they can put it on video, I don’t see why they’d use the in-between.