On Thursday morning, the opening day of San Diego Comic-Con, the first Hall H event of this year's convention was for Disney's 3-D presentation - the first ever 3-D presentation at the event.
The first part of this presentation which we have yet to talk about, was for Robert Zemeckis' A Christmas Carol.
As we were finally let into the hall after waiting hours before, we found our seats and not long after, host of the Disney presentation Patton Oswalt came out to introduce writer/director of A Christmas Carol, Robert Zemeckis. I've said it previously but I'll mention it again, Oswalt was a great host and after today's panels, many of us missed him.
Oswalt talked with Zemeckis about his thoughts and reasoning behind doing this film in 3-D and Zemeckis had some interesting thoughts on the topic:
"3-D is the future... it's a totally immersive way to see movies... but not all movies should be in 3-D."
I'm happy that he realizes and points out that not all movies should be in 3-D.
Next the discussion moved to the star of the film, Jim Carrey, who plays eight (8!) characters in the film. Many times, he has to do scenes with himself which just goes to show how talented the man is.
They also had several scenes from the movie to show the audience. While the characters and locations in the animated film looked amazing, there were way too many elements thrown in every sequence to make it overly obvious that we were watching some in 3-D with our 3-D glasses on. It felt like they turned it into almost a gimmick by having objects as close-up as possible with the focus of that shot in the background.
Normally, those objects would never appear in that scene and although Zemeckis made the point that doing animated movies allows you to place the camera anywhere you'd like, they used it to have unecessary objects pop-out just to remind the audience that "hey, this is 3-D, look!"
That being said, overall the gimmicky 3-D elements weren't too distracting (not like the over-powering and painfully loud volume in Hall H most of the day) and the movie looked like a very interesting take on the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge.
From what we saw, the movie felt almost like a horror film and it seemed to me that it would creep children out. One scene we saw in particular was of one of the ghosts coming after Scrooge in his home and he was very scary in his design, his messed up jaw and the chained blocks attached to him.
On the other hand, in another sequence we saw of the movie, we saw a Scrooge confrontation with another ghost which was far more childish and partly-humorous scene. This made it a little difficult to feel out what the target audience for this flick was.
One other very interesting topic that Zemeckis touched on was the off-topic subject of Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2, something I'd love to see after 21 years. He was asked about it and his response said that he "can't confirm or deny" but he certainly was hinting at something.
He continued to say that if there were to be a sequel, that despite all this talk of 3-D, the characters would remain fully 2-D like in the original which was a big relief to those in attendance and earned some cheers.
A Christmas Carol opens November 6, 2009.