How old was your child when he/she first sat through a 3-D movie (with the glasses on)?
We want to take our 3 year old to see Toy Story 3 and maybe Shrek Forever After. We were thinking that it might be best to see a non-3-D version since we're not sure if she'll want to wear the glasses for the entire movie. I was wondering how other kids/toddler's have done with 3-D movies.
asked 17 Jun '10, 07:19
We took our 3 year old daughter to see an IMAX movie in 3-D not long after her birthday. It was the one about the Hubble and she kept waving back at the people on the screen (which was seriously cute!) She took her glasses off once or twice near the beginning and then realized it wasn't as cool without them and left them on for the rest.
I'd say give it a try, movies with pre-schoolers are always a crap-shoot anyway.
answered 17 Jun '10, 07:43
We took our son to see Up when he'd just turned five. He did fine with the 3-D glasses; he jumped a lot during the "throw stuff at the screen" previews. He was scared of the guard dogs in the movie, though, and took his glasses off when he didn't want to see them. The 3-D itself didn't bother him overall, but it may have made the scary parts a bit scarier.
We took him to see Toy Story 3 last week, again in 3-D. I didn't get the impression that 3-D made it any scarier than 2-D would have. But he did take the glasses off a few times, and I had to convince him to put them back on. I'm beginning to think 3-D isn't worth the hassle, at least until he's older.
(And honestly, to me 3-D movies still look like a moving Viewmaster. There may be multiple viewing planes, but everything within a particular plane looks flat. This seems like the kind of problem that could be solved these days (particularly by a computer animation company), but it hasn't been solved yet.
I think the first 3-d movie we took our daughter to was Journey to the Center of the Earth when she was a bit more than 4 years old.
For both 3-d and regular movies, we found that the biggest issue is how loud the movie is. Even a pretty scary scene doesn't bother her if we can make sure it's not too loud, which we do by bringing a pair of industrial ear muffs. I happen to have Peltors from work (similar to these), but other brands would work as well:
The last 2 movies we've seen were Toy Story 3 and Shrek 4, and for both of those they had kid-sized 3D glasses. We kept a pair of them just in case we go to another movie that doesn't have them.
answered 22 Jun '10, 01:58
I think about this a lot, as my son approaches movie-watching age, and there are two issues in my mind here: can they sit through the 3D and still enjoy the movie, and should they see 3D.
Part 1: My son just saw his first movie in a theater, just shy of 4 years. I was surprised he could sit through the whole thing, but he did great. We did not see it in 3D, mostly because I think he would fidget with the glasses the whole time or get tired of them. Perhaps other kids at that age are more likely to do so, but my bet is that my son will tire of wearing the glasses and then not want to see the rest of the movie. You know your kid best, and can probably predict whether it will work.
Part 2: As a lover of film I really want my son to learn to appreciate good stories and quality filmmaking, and not just fall for whatever fancy bells and whistles they put on, especially when they oh-so-coincidentally add several dollars to each ticket. I think of 3D like chocolate sauce for food -- occasionally it's just the right addition to a dessert, but on most entrees it's empty calories that hides the other flavors. It's also entirely possible that it simply isn't good for you (reference 1, reference 2).
In the interest of full disclosure, I make animated and visual effects films for a living. Most of them are released in 3D these days, but when I go to the movies, I watch the 2D versions and avoid 3D if I have a choice.