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'Finding Nemo 3-D' is an animated must-see

By Shawn O'Neill

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, Sept. 14 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

"Finding Nemo"

Pixar

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It’s time to jump on the bandwagon. C’mon — everyone is doing it. It’s time for you to re-release your old home movies in 3-D. George Lucas, James Cameron and Disney are doing it, why not everybody else?

It does seem that this trend of re-releasing in 3-D is not going to end. Yes, there are plans later this year for a re-release of “Monsters, Inc.” It is interesting that filmmakers want to share their work with a whole new audience. Why not, if the people who saw the original, and own it, will come back to see it?

Disney and Pixar have remade “Finding Nemo” into a 3-D feature and it hits theaters this weekend. Yes, this is the same story as the original release from 2003. Nothing has changed in the story. No new footage has been added. The plot is still the same.

Why go see this if there’s nothing new about it except the fact that it’s in 3-D? There are two reasons.

First, when was the last time you got to see this film on the big screen? Pixar and Disney make movies to be seen on a big screen. Not the big screen in your living room — the one in the theater. There is something to be said about the experience of seeing a movie in a theater. For some it’s the popcorn; for others, it’s the huge visual on a massive screen.

Second, the 3-D makes a difference in this film. While the 3-D novelty has worn off a bit, this method works with "Nemo." Having the depth on screen was a benefit. Of course it is a plus here because it works with the story — most scenes are underwater and you could tell the characters were underwater. The scenery actually looked murky and had bubbles floating near you. The 3-D really boosts the experience.

"Nemo" is already a great film, but this time it is better. In the original, Pixar tried to include little bubbles and particulate matter in the water. It just didn’t play well in 2-D, but it does work in 3-D. This new enhancement allows the viewer’s imagination to see what appears as water instead of seeing fish and assuming they are underwater.

Parents: This is a G-rated film. The majority of the public has seen it, so most everyone knows the story. There are some moments of peril, but everything turns out fine. (Was that a spoiler?)

If your kids have not seen this film on the big screen, or if you have not, this is the version to see.

Shawn O'Neill is the Family Man Movie Reviewer on BYU Radio. His reviews can be heard at youtube.com/byuradio and on SiriusXM channel 143.

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