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CALL IT A COMEBACK: 3-D gives filmmakers storytelling tool

By April 30, 2009Newswires

CALL IT A COMEBACK: Resurgence of 3-D gives filmmakers powerful storytelling tool

1950s relic works best with movies that `wow`


The recent success of "Monsters vs. Aliens," which set a record for 3-D ticket sales, signaled a 3-D comeback.

In the animated "Battle for Terra," opening Friday in both 2-D and 3-D versions, humans invade the title planet.

But there`s one 1950s relic making a definite comeback these days: 3-D movies.

And it`s not just for monster movies anymore, despite the fact that the March release of the animated "Monsters vs. Aliens" kicked off a 3-D movie boom that shows no signs of abating.

From now through the end of 2009, 10 movies, animated and live-action, are scheduled to hit theaters in 3-D form.

Two of them already are proven favorites: 3-D reconfigurations of the animated Pixar hits "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2."

The others range from new animated features (led by Friday`s sci-fi "Battle for Terra" and Disney/Pixar`s "Up") to the return of "Titanic" director James Cameron with the sci-fi adventure "Avatar."

In addition to 3-D versions, "Avatar, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and other high-profile releases also will turn up in Imax 3-D, delivering even more cinematic immersion — at an even bigger ticket price.

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