By Max Cohen, Staff Writer
3-D was, at one point, lauded as entertainment’s wave of the future. 3-D movies allowed theaters to raise ticket prices, and audiences loved the new dimension; it was a mutually beneficial situation.
It extended into the realms of television and video games quickly thereafter. 3-D TVs replaced giant LED’s on Best Buy shelves. Nintendo’s newest handheld was the aptly named 3DS. So why did it fail?
There was an unstoppable surge of momentum. Now, 3-D TVs are a novelty, and 3-D movies are fewer and further between. Many attribute this failure to bloated pricing. However I believe that the 3-D industry’s failure is due to consumers’ ennui. 3D was interesting, but was never far-reaching enough to make it worthwhile.
3-D can even be considered other-worldly. For example, at Disney World, in Orlando, there is an 3-D movie attraction, “Mickey’s PhilharMagic“, wherein Donald Duck comically journeys through iconic Disney films.
Unlike most movies, the mind-blowing 3-D is what sets it apart; things physically pop out of the screen, to the point where you can just about reach out and grab them.
The commonality among 3-D movies, TVs and game systems, however, is a second-rate third-dimension which simply adds an exaggerated depth to images. Consumers would be trampling each other to buy a 3-D TV if the added dimension was like the Disney World show, but, the images are only slightly better than traditional television, even with clunky 3-D glasses. The technology is a curiosity, and it’s a novelty, but that’s all it is.
Watching Finding Nemo in 3-D seems cool, until you realize you’ve paid $15 to watch a nearly identical Finding Nemo albeit with more defined schools of fish in the background. Now, if Nemo came out of the screen and seemed to swim around me, then that’d be a different story.
3-D is fun, but not practical. It was a novelty invention for the first five minutes until it became…boring. I wish it wasn’t so. I wish 3-D was a necessity. I wish 3-D was so crucial to the enjoyment of new media that there were bum-rushes to department stores to pick them up. But that isn’t the case. If only the entertainment world took Disney’s example. As usual, Mickey Mouse proves to be the pinnacle of human ingenuity.
By Maya Devereaux, Staff Writer
Sequels often have a way of being, to put it nicely, horrible. (Think, “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde,” “Grease 2,” “Dumb and Dumberer,” I could go on forever). Fortunately, we have Pixar to raise the standard as the animation studio’s sequels continue to impress audiences that includes people over the age of eight (the whole Toy Story franchise, DUH?). With “Monsters University,” the sequel to “Monsters Inc.,” out this June, next on the line up is …(drumroll please) “Finding Dory!”
According to an article on Reuters.com, there will be a sequel to the much-acclaimed “Finding Nemo.” The Pixar film, released in 2003, amassed four Academy Awards and a 99 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That kind of sets the bar high for its sequel, if you ask me. But with Ellen DeGeneres reprising her role as Dory, the film should be in good hands. Going off of the title, hopefully you have gotten the idea that it will be Dory, the fun loving pacific regal blue tang fish, who gets lost this time around.
Though not many details on the project have been revealed to the public yet, we do know that the film will be set along the California coast and will feature Nemo, his father and the fish tank gang, according to Reuters. All other characters are still up in the air as of now, but I know we’re all hoping Bruce the shark and Crush the awesome sea turtle will make an appearance.
Though there are high expectations for Finding Dory, Pixar seems to know what they’re doing and thus far, has not disappointed us. Plus, Ellen Degeneres commented that the script is “fantastic,” which probably means that it is.
Unfortunately, we will have to wait until 2015 for this film, which leaves a ton of time for anticipation. In fact, we have to wait until the end of 2015. Finding Dory is set to be released in November of that year, which in turn means Pixar still has that much time left to make it completely awesome. By that time, I will have graduated college already, but that won’t make me any less eager to go catch it in theaters!