Monsters vs. Aliens Brings 3-D Invasion

by Anne Thompson
March 24, 2009 7:11 AM
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One of the surprises of the year so far is how well Henry Selick’s 3-D animated gothic fairy tale Coraline lasted at the b.o.; this weekend brings DreamWorks Animation's Monsters vs. Aliens and a spate of 3-D offerings are on the way. Even the venerable Cannes Film Festival, which has made an annual tradition of unveiling the latest animated fare, will for the first time open the 62nd fest on May 13 with not only an animated movie but Disney/Pixar’s 3-D balloon adventure Up, which opens May 29.


Time Magazine talks to 3-D boosters Steven Spielberg, James Cameron and Jeffrey Katzenberg. Spielberg is collaborating with Peter Jackson on 3-D performance capture movie Tintin. Some industry insiders wonder if Cameron will further delay Avatar's December 19 release date so that more 3-D theaters will be available. EW rounds up the 3D future. UPDATE: The LAT interviews Captain 3-D, Phil McNally.

(EW's list of upcoming 3-D pics is on the jump.)

[Photo courtesy of Time Magazine.]


3-D Movie Calendar



Monsters vs. Aliens, March 27
An elite squad of
oddballs (Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen) must defeat evil aliens who land on
Earth. (Animated; rated PG)



Battle for Terra, May 1
The planet Terra holds
mankind's only chance of survival. (Animated; rated PG)



Up, May 29
Disney·Pixar's latest, about an old man (Ed
Asner) who uses balloons to levitate his house. A stowaway kid tags along for
the journey. (Animated; not yet rated)



Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, July 1
Manny (Ray Romano) and
Ellie (Queen Latifah) await the arrival of a mammoth-size bundle of joy, while
the gang stumbles into a mysterious underground world. (Animated; not yet
rated)



G-Force, July 24
Guinea pigs (Penélope Cruz, Tracy Morgan)
are trained by the government to help in covert operations. Really.
(Live-action and animated; not yet rated)



Final Destination: Death Trip 3-D, Aug. 28
More unfortunate teens
(Bobby Campo, Nick Zano) try to cheat death. (Live-action; not yet rated)



Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Sept. 18
Based on the beloved
children's book, the movie reimagines what it would be like if food fell from
the sky (onto the likes of Anna Faris and Bill Hader). (Animated; not yet
rated)



Toy Story in 3-D, Oct. 2
Woody and Buzz go to the
third dimension — and beyond! — in a reissue of the 1995 film.
Toy Story 2 gets its turn in early 2010, and
the brand new
Toy
Story 3
will bow
the following June. (Animated; rated G)



Disney's A Christmas Carol, Nov. 6
Dickens' classic stars
Jim Carrey as Scro mong others). Directed by Robert Zemeckis. (Animated; not
yet rated)



Avatar, Dec. 18
A paralyzed war veteran (Sam Worthington)
is transported to another planet, which is inhabited by a nonhuman race, in
James Cameron's latest effort. (Live-action; not yet rated)



Coming
in 2010

About a
dozen 3-D movies are slated for next year, including
Shrek 4, Alice in Wonderland, and Alpha and Omega (featuring the voices of Hayden
Panettiere and Justin Long).





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