Friday, 13 February 2009

Why are 3-D animated films not as 3-D as 3-D live action films?

I like that I wrote 3-D three times in this blog title. That's really 3-D overkill right there.

Anyway, we went to see Bolt 3D last weekend because Journey to the Centre Of the Earth awoke a long dormant love for anything 3-D. This love affair began a long time ago when I went to Disney World as a child and saw a 3-D film starring Michael Jackson.... Michael Jackson. Amazing. I have no idea what the film was about (my best guess would be space), but I know that at one point I shrieked loud enough to hurt the eardrums of those close to me and ducked when an asteroid flew out of the screen. That is about as exciting as it could possibly get for a smaller version of me.

While Journey to the Centre of the Earth's big yo-yo scene (you can imagine how that worked!) wasn't quite as exciting as asteroids, space and Michael Jackson, it was still pretty good. Bolt on the other hand... I enjoyed the film, but the 3-D really added very little. Apart from a headache at the end courtesy of the brilliant Buddy Holly specs you get. There was no big dog nose coming out of the screen and sniffing you... no hamster in a ball rolling right towards you... no explosions shooting bits of shrapnel at you... All in all, a little flat, which is ironic I guess.



Anonymous said...

Ha Ha

3D Rules but now that it's become easier for them to turn a 2D film into a 3D one, the films aren't being made to utilise it so you just get a load of layers and eye strain. I haven't seen My Bloody Valentine but the horror film before that that used 3D had no reason whatsoever to use it.

Older films like Jaws 3D on the other hand were filmed both ways so that you see loads of silly foreground stuff that makes no sense in the non-3D version.

Me and Alyssa were trying to work out what would be the most ridiculous film at the moment and we came up with The Reader and Frost Nixon 3D.


Bex said...

I had no idea that's why it wasn't as fun now. Why are they bothering? They should do old school 3d or nothing!