A couple of weeks ago, I went on a “Daddy Date” with my youngest son, Seth. We went to see Disney’s newest animated feature “Meet the Robinsons.” I was pleasantly surprised to see that our local theater was playing the movie in “Disney Digital 3-D.” Movie theaters have to buy special equipment to show it in this format, so I was surprised the market here was big enough to support the investment. So, Seth and I went to check it out. Upon arriving to buy our tickets, i was surprised to find out that the move had a $2 up-charge because it was being shown with this technology. That being the case, my ticket cost $9.75 and Seth’s was $7.75. After buying Seth his kiddie pack (popcorn, Sprite and fruit snacks), we were invested well over $20. A small price to pay for an evening with my son, though.
The movie itself was fun. It’s definitely not the best Disney has produced, but it was fast paced, funny and actually had a really good story-line. It is a pretty complicated story, so I know Seth didn’t understand the plot completely. He still loved the movie. His favorite part is in the trailer of the movie. The t-rex chases the boy into a corner and can’t get to him because “his head is too big and his arms are too small.” We have reenacted that part many times. It’s definitely a movie parents and kids can enjoy together.
The thing that I was most impressed with was the 3-D technology. When we bought our tickets, they gave us pretty nice plastic 3-D glasses. They were not the old blue and red ones, the lenses were grey. Unfortunately, they only had one size, so I think Seth’s were pretty uncomfortable for him. They probably need to offer a kid’s size. The picture is completely digital, so the picture was beautiful. The colors were vibrant and the images were very crisp. The 3-D part is not used for the old 3-D tricks of throwing stuff at you. While there are things that appear to come out into the audience, the major use was to add depth to the movie. It really added a “realistic” feel when watching the movie. This new technology, too, does not give you a headache. I watched the whole thing with no discomfort at all. The rain scenes are really incredible. It looks like it is raining in the theater.
Overall, I really enjoyed the movie. I would normally recommend waiting for the DVD on a movie like this, but with the 3-D technology, I would highly recommend a trip to the theater. It really is an amazing way to watch the movie.