3D Movies Give Me A Headache

10 11 2010

Disney announced that they will be releasing a new film featuring beloved chilren’s character Winnie the Pooh in 2011, and they will use the classic drawn, watercolor illustration to animate the 100 Acre Wood gang.

The first Pooh film in nearly three decades, will follow AA Milne’s Christopher Robin, Pooh, Tigger and friends on the hunt for a new tail for Eeyore.

Perhaps taking a cue from theatergoers who rushed to see 2009’s The Princess and the Frog (the film grossed $267million worldwide), which was Disney’s first foray back into 2-D animation in nearly 5 years. 
I hope that the 2011 Winnie the Pooh movie does well, and will perhaps serve as encouragement for other studios to take a break from shoving 3D films down our throats, as they have been over the last few years.

 This film will serve as a refreshing change from the CGI and 3-D creations popularized by Pixar studios beginning in 1995 with Toy Story.  Pixar was a frequent collaborator with Disney (A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo, Cars) until the company was finally acquired by Disney in 2006- in a $7.4 billion deal. 

Toy Story and almost every other Pixar feature has been wonderfully done, cleverly written, and lovingly recieved- but I feel as though there is an impersonal element to these creations, the characters look a bit sharper or less lifelike than were they hand-drawn.

Disney Pixar played into the 3-D film craze with 2009’s Up, which went on to be nominated for Best Picture at the 82nd annual Academy Awards.
 

3-D films were introduced in the 1950s, seeing renewed interest in the 60s and 80s.  3-D movies were being made and distributed to IMAX theaters all along, but have entered the mainstream market as more theaters become digitally equipped.
Two years ago several live action 3-D films hit theaters, including Final Destination, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and My Bloody Valentine.
The trend continued with dozens of animated 3-D releases, like Coraline, Bolt, and Monsters vs. Aliens.

 The national average for movie ticket prices is still under $8, but some theaters charge an extra $2-$6 for 3D shows.

It makes sense to me that a film that costs more to make, may cost more to go see- but I wonder how many people are actually forking over the extra dough.  Because 3D films cost more to see, I find that their overall profits are skewed.

Prices aside, I feel that the growing presence of 3D films in our theaters may actually be a bad thing- because there are so many people that are put off by the overwhelming stimulation: the elderly, people with autism or other developmental differences, and young kids.

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