Featuring more computer animation than both previous Spy Kids movies, the upcoming third installment will see prepubescent operatives Juni Cortez (Daryl Sabara) and Carmen Cortez (Alexa Vega) and family members zapped into the virtual reality of a video game. The trailer for Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over is now available for download at http://www.spykids.com/.
While the trailer offers a glimpse of the imaginative animated world director Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, Desperado) creates for his cast, it doesn’t convey the 3D effect that theater audiences will experience when they put on their special glasses and get pulled into the polygon-based universe of a video game created by evil doers.
Montreal-based Hybride, which also provided effects for the first two Spy Kids features, is using Softimage XSI for modeling, textures, animation and rigging of all digital characters and vehicles in the movie.
To make the CG shots pop out at the audience, the team had to render each shot twice, once from the right eye perspective, and again from the left eye perspective. The stereoscopic effect happens when both perspectives are brought together with special viewing glasses.
See the upcoming July issue of Animation Magazine for a more in-depth look at the movie’s visual effects. Spy Kids 3D: Game Over is scheduled to hit North American theaters on July 25.