Toronto International Film Festival.
I attended a pre-TIFF press screening a couple of weeks ago and came away thoroughly impressed. After being disappointed by Beauty and the Beast 3D back in January, Nemo is really the perfect movie to experience in 3-D.
It was the scene where Marlin and Dory watch the sea turtles traveling the East Australian Current that did it for me. And remember that "particulate matter" John Lasseter enthused about in the promo video? It delivers some great depth and realism to the underwater frames.
While, as always, I was left wanting a stronger stereoscopic effect overall, its easy to understand, even admire, Pixar's restrained use of 3-D. When the story pulls you in, you mostly forget that you're wearing the funny glasses.
The attached Toy Story short Partysaurus Rex pairs its visually and aural awesomeness with some great, zany humor everyone will enjoy. With solid direction from animator Mark Walsh, Partysaurus Rex is miles ahead of Small Fry, Pixar's previous Toy Story Toon.
As the short's undisputed star, Rex is hilarious, in his own, pathetic sort of way. (I mean that as a compliment.) He's so eager to impress his arm-less bathtub friends that he throws caution to the wind, er, water. The results are worth watching on the big screen.
Finding Nemo 3D and Partysaurus Rex open wide next Friday, September 14.