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Ellen DeGeneres in 'Finding Nemo 3D': Is it worth seeing in its new format?

Ellen DeGeneres' 'Finding Nemo' gets a 3D re-release – is it worth the ticket price?

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Anyone who is immediately put off by the idea of the conversion team fiddling with the original movie can rest easy – the changes represent only minor cosmetic alterations (removing elements that might be distracting in a 3D foreground) or addressing oversights that slipped through in the original version (fixing a stationary shadow that didn’t move after a character exited the shot). The film doesn’t contain any new scenes, extended takes, or new easter eggs – it’s the same Finding Nemo, except optimized for 3D viewing.

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In general, the Pixar conversion approach is in line with 3D guru James Cameron – who keeps the audience’s emotional focus at the screen and enhances the experience with subtle elements positioned in the foreground or background. Prioritizing immersion over gimmicky projectiles, might be underwhelming for audience members who routinely “test” 3D by removing their glasses (a very limited measure in the first place) but the colorful and vibrant Finding Nemo setting should provide discerning moviegoers with plenty of fan-favorite moments that are successfully enhanced by the added dimension. On their own, few of the scenes are likely to offer outright memorable 3D visual set pieces (this is still a post-conversion); however, as an overall experience, viewers should notice a stronger association with the underwater environment as well as a number of shots that are especially striking this round – thanks to the added dimension (i.e. the Jellyfish forest and East Australian Current).

Additionally, the Toy Story short, Partysaurus Rex, from director Mark Walsh is paired with Finding Nemo 3D and is easily the most enjoyable franchise spin-off to date. The short film follows Wallace Shawn’s beloved dinosaur character, as the typical “party pooper” of the group attempts to, instead, become the life of a bathtub (foam) party. Considering its abbreviated short film runtime, Partysaurus Rex alone wouldn’t be enough reason to pay for a subpar 3D rerelease but, attached to a well-crafted offering like Finding Nemo 3D, the toon serves as an exceptionally entertaining lead-in. While Toy Story 3 put a smart end cap on the feature franchise, the short spin-offs continue to deliver worthwhile adventures with Buzz, Woody, and the gang (especially if Pixar never attempts a Toy Story 4).

Finding Nemo 3D is a quality post-conversion experience that successfully enhances the 2003 film’s original standout visuals. While it might not offer the eye-popping gimmickry some moviegoers crave in 3D features, it’s easy to recommend the rerelease to fans who count Finding Nemo among their favorite animated features as well as anyone (young or old) who has never experienced the film in theaters. Finding Nemo 3D is another example of post-conversion done right and, paired with the especially humorous Partysaurus Rex short, is well worth another trip to your local box office.

Ben Kendrick blogs at Screen Rant.

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