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Monsters vs Aliens gets mixed reviews praise for effects

on Wednesday,April 01,2009 21:04

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The animated 3D version of Monsters vs. Aliens is breaking new ground in the use of the technology even if the storyline may leave it wanting, according to commentators.

Critics have called it "average" and "simplistic" relying on an awkwardly constructed plot that delivers few laughs for those above the age of 12, yet the movie is quickly becoming the talk of the industry because of its novel use of the 3D technology.

That is because the film, directed by Rob Letterman and Conrad Vernon, is the first animated movie ever to be produced in 3D instead of being converted into the format after completion.

As a result, its dazzling colors and dynamic visual effects work together to intensify the viewing experience, according to USA Today.

"[Aliens vs. Monsters] tries to take 3D technology beyond gimmickry and to make it the basis for a new kind of visual spectacle," adds the New York Times reviewer A.O. Scott.

Monsters vs. Aliens is a joint project between DreamWorks Animation and Paramount Pictures and grossed an estimated $16.8 million when it opened on March 27 in some 2,000 theaters equipped to project it.
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