Finding Nemo (2003) holds a very special place in the hearts of my daughter Ariana and I. To begin with it was the first movie she ever saw in a theater (and loved it) and a film that we played games with each other imitating the strange high-five and head bunt between father and son. I remember her tiny body walking over to me and saying, in an excited tone, “Fin…head….and then she would coo…..duuuude.” Ten times a day we used to do this and I never tired of it. When the film came out on DVD we watched the film over and over, again loving every minute of it, loving more the time we spent together watching the film, her curled up in my lap, her little arms holding onto me.
So when 12 year old Ariana asked me to take her to see Finding Nemo 3-D today, I did so without hesitation. We decided to make a daddy-daughter day of it. It started with me making her waffles for breakfast and then we headed off to the earliest show to allow us back in time to do some things outside.
Seeing the film on the big screen again was a joy, because not even DVD does full justice to the extraordinary beauty of the animation. We chuckled often at Dory, superbly voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, and roared at Bruce, the oversized great white shark trying to not eat fish.
But partway through the film, Ariana read my mind and leaned over to ask, “Dad where’s the 3-D?”
Yep, that was exactly what I was thinking, and you know what? There is none. None.
We know this because there was a stunning 3-D preview for Despicable Me 2 that had a great 3-D effect that had kids in the audience reaching for the noise maker being blown out over the crowds. There was nothing in Finding Nemo that was a 3-D effect. Not a thing.
So though we had a good day together and got to see Finding Nemo on the big screen again, we felt cheated, Ariana much more than me because frankly, I was skeptical. She left furious, believing that Disney lied to her!! Disney!! Kid friendly Disney!! She got a nasty lesson in economics today.
One of the previews we saw was for Monsters Inc 3-D and as we left the theater she whispered to me as we walked past the poster, “we won’t make this mistake again will we Dad.” Nope.
Driving home I began to feel burned by Disney and their Lucas like greed. When is enough, enough?? The initial release of Finding Nemo (2003) netted them millions upon millions of dollars, which was followed by even more on DVD. The merchandising of the characters continues, and every six or seven years they have a whole new generation to make aware of the film, selling it all over again, so why try and rip us off with claims of 3-D?? The whole thing is kind of shameful.
Good thing we love Finding Nemo as it is.