Now murkier in 3D waters
By Adrian Hedden
The vast, magnificently barren sea serves as a colorful but deadly backdrop to the Disney Pixar smash, “Finding Nemo.” Now re-released utilizing Disney’s Real-D technology, the scenery hopes to take viewers down into the depths of the ocean under the modernized effects.
Although a refined soundtrack and an expanded array of speakers provide for heightened auditory immersion in the remake, its visuals suffer from an excess of shadows and motion blur.
Unlike the stark, 2D animation that served as the launching point for the wildly successful 3D conversions of “Lion King” and “Beauty and the Beast,” the added effects, on top of the already complex animation and movement present in “Finding Nemo,” exhausted movie-goer eyes.
Retinas were burned to the point of torture before the short kid’s flick was through. It was simply too bright to look at and the added effects made it hard to follow even the simplest of movements without squinting or blinking in the glow.
Real-D technology has been seen to burst with additional complexities when applied to 2D animation and lend uncharted realism to live action. But when added to films that were already crafted using the state-of-the-art, three-dimensional imagery of the time, it becomes overbearing the point of abrasion.
Audiences can be grateful, however, that the iconic and heart-warming tale of a clownfish in search of his lost son is back in theaters. The diversity of character voices, design and the wide expanses of beautifully detailed marine locales combine for a treasured tale of family love and dedication. “Nemo” is simply one of Disney’s grandest stories of all time.
Luckily, the original version is available as well, enhanced sound included.
Stick to the original, glasses-free release this time. “Finding Nemo” is best left un-smeared by Real-D effects. Although it splashed blinding special effects deep into the eye sockets of the audience, “Finding Nemo 3D” was seemingly unable to dive any deeper.
Runtime: 100 minutes