A number of Hollywood blockbusters have been given the really big screen treatment by the folks at IMAX, but Warner Bros.’ The Polar Express is breaking new ground, again. The completely motion-capture, 3D-animated film will be the first full-length studio feature ever converted to the IMAX 3D format. The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience will begin pulling into IMAX theaters beginning Wednesday, November 10th.
More than 70 IMAX theatres worldwide will open the film simultaneously with the 35mm release, making it the widest release ever for an IMAX digitally re-mastered movie. The conventional 2D, computer-generated film has been converted into 3D and then digitally blown up to 10 times the size of 35mm film by way of IMAX DMR technology. Special IMAX 3D glasses will help bring depth to the images, creating an immersive experience when combined with the more than 12,000 watts of digital surround sound.
The Polar Express is the latest collaboration between the Academy Award-winning team of Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Cast Away). The holiday adventure is based on the classic Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. Go behind the scenes of this one-of-a-kind production in the upcoming January issue of Animation Magazine.