To be honest, I've been unfair to the animation studios out there. I've been putting animated films into two categories: Pixar and non-Pixar.
Though I have enjoyed the Shrek series (mostly just the first one), I haven't found anything else coming close to the Pixar films in terms of an overall package. Either the storyline was bad, the animation was poor or the appeal was for a younger audience.
So when I saw commercials for DreamWorks' new film "Monsters vs. Aliens", I automatically didn't add it to my mental movie list (and I don't see that many movies). Ok, I did chuckle at a few scenes, but then again, it was carb night.
After I read this article (see link below), I reconsidered the film. I'm actually interested to see what this new 3-D technique will look like.
AP News | Culpeper Star-Exponent
The film, in theaters Friday, relies on entirely new technology - much of it developed during production - to lend depth to an epic battle in outer space and drama to the collapse of the Golden Gate bridge as four modern monsters fight to save Earth from alien invasion.I doubt that Ein Oso will join me, so I'll find some other friends to accompany me. (Friends who look uglier than me when wearing these fashionless 3-D glasses)
"We can dial in the (3-D) to a degree that was unthinkable even 10 years ago," said the stereoscopic supervisor at DreamWorks, who legally changed his name 12 years ago to Phil Captain 3D McNally (it appears on his driver's license as Captain IIID.)
"What I'm hoping people will see in 'Monsters vs. Aliens' for the first time is stereoscopic filmmaking that feels completely integrated into the flow of the story."
Unlike most 3-D movies, which are conceived and shot in two dimensions and then rendered later, the film was made start to finish in three dimensions, with directors watching daily takes through 3-D glasses.