By Wayne Harada
So you like 3-D? There’s a surge of 3-D features this year — and beyond.
What to look for:
3-D TITLES THE
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• “Transformer: Revenge of the Fallen,” another Michael Bay-Steven Spielberg spectacle with Shia LeBeouf, Megan Fox and Josh Duhamel, in IMAX-3-D. June 24.
• “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” aka “Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” scopes the animated Sub Zero Heroes as they encounter dinosaurs. Last of three installments. July 1.
• “G-Force 3-D,” a film by Jerry Bruckheimer. Train secret agent guinea pigs try to halt an evil billionaire who wants to destroy the world with household appliances. July 24.
• “Piranha 3-D,” a horror film by Alexandre Aja, rebooting the 1978 film. July 24.
• “Final Destination 4: Death Trip 3-D,” the fourth in the franchise of thrillers this with a premonition of race car crashes and collapsing spectator stands. Aug. 21.
• “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” an animated family comedy based on a children’s book, where food falls from the skies instead of rain. September.
• “Toy Story 3-D,” a re-release of the popular film with Woody the cowboy and Buzz Lightyear, in digital 3-D. Oct. 2.
• “Astro Boy 3-D,” about a robot with unique powers, based on a Japanese manga character set in a futuristic Metro City. Oct. 30.
• “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas,” a re-release that's a Halloween-Christmas tradition. October.
• “A Christmas Carol,” Robert Zemeckis’ retelling of the Charles Dickens holiday favorite, about the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey), who learns there’s more to life than wealth. Featuring a performance capture motif Zemeckis used in “The Polar Express.” Nov. 6.
• “Planet 51,” a Spanish animated film by Jorge Blanco, about a human astronaut who winds up on Planet 51, inhabited by little green people. Nov. 20.
• “How to Train Your Dragon,” based on the children's novel by Cressida Cowell, about the adventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, the teenage son of a Viking chieftain in a rite of passage encounter with a dragon. Nov. 20.
• “Avatar,” a futuristic film by James Cameron (“Titanic”), dealing with a band of humans battling a distant planet’s indigenous population. Michelle Rodriguez, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Giovanni Ribisi star. Dec. 18.
3-D TITLES 2010
• “The Croods,” a comedy set in the stone age directed by Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch). No timetable.
• “Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland,” performance capture technology with live-action footage based on the Lewis Carroll classic. Film will be combine performance-capture technology with live-action footage, with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen and Mia Wasikowska as Alice. In IMAX and 3-D. March 5, 2010.
• “How To Train Your Dragon,” a film by by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois in 3-D-IMAX, about the son of a Viking chief who must capture a dragon to be intiated into his tribe. Wih Gerald Butler and America Ferrera. March 26. 2010.
• “Shrek Forever After,” formerly called “Shrek Goes Fourth,” continuing the adventures of the giant green ogre. 3-D and IMAX rollout, with the voices of Mike Myers (Shrek), Eddie Murphy (Donkey),Cameron Diaz (Princess Fiona), Antonio Banderas (Puss in Boots), Paul McCartney (Rumpelstiltskin),Julie Andrews (Queen Lillian) and Justin Timberlake (Artie). May 21, 2010.
• “Rapunzul,” a Disney remake of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale about a fair-haired beauty with long-flowing locks, a hero with a heart of gold, and anevil witch. With the voice of Kristin Chenoweth, Kevin Linehan. Late 2010.
• “The Dark Country,” a film noir feature directed by and starring Thomas Jane, about a newlywed couple on a honeymoon in hell when they encounter a dead body. With Ron Perlman. 2010.
• “Alpha and Omega,” with Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere, Christina Ricci. Oct.1, 2010.
• “Oobermind,” formerly “Master Mind,” an animated feature that satirizes superhero flicks, voiced by Robert Downey Jr. and Tina Fey. Nov. 5, 2010.
• “The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn," the first of 3-D features by Steven Spielberg, based on Georges Herge Remi’s comic strip hero Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy. With Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig. 2011.
• “Puss in Boots,” a Shrek spinoff starring the sword-wielding cat voiced by Antonio Banderas. 2011.
• “Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom,” a sequel to “Kung Fu Panda,” voiced by Jack Black and Dustin Hoffman. June 3, 2011.
• “Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie,” a remake of a 1984 short film and a parody of the 1931 Frankenstein film. No timetable.
• “Battle Angel,” James Cameron’s adaptation of the graphic novel about a female cyborg rescued from the junk heap by a scientist who becomes her surrogate father. No timetable.
• “Untitled Tintin Sequel,” directed by Peter Jackson or Steven Spielberg. The continued adventures of popular Belgian comic-strip hero Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy. No timetable.
• “Untitled Tintin 3,” third installment by Spielberg, possibly in collaboration with Peter Jackson, about the comic strip hero. No timetable.
• “TRON 3-D,” a Disney franchise, will get a 3-D reboot. 2011.
• “Cars 2,” a sequel to the Disney Pixar, brings back Lightning McQueen for a 3-D road show. 2011.
• “Pirates of the Caribbean 4,” a Disney franchise which can sail only with Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow aboard ship. 2011 or later.
• “National Treasure 3,” with Disney courting Nicolas Cage to return. Fall/winter 2011.
• “Star Wars,” an eventual rollout by George Lucas of his legacy films. No timetable.