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Old April 6th, 2008, 06:32 PM   #1
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Laser Cats 3D!

This was on last night's SNL episode. Very funny.

http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Li...tml#mea=237292
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Old April 7th, 2008, 09:30 AM   #2
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I saw that on broadcast, but didn't have my cardboard anaglyphs handy at the time.
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Old April 8th, 2008, 12:46 AM   #3
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I saw that on broadcast, but didn't have my cardboard anaglyphs handy at the time.
I pulled my cardboard anaglyph glasses out for the small version linked above and it actually works. I'm sure they just strapped a couple handycams together, but it is still funny that they went to the trouble to ACTUALLY make it 3D and not just faked for the sake of the joke.
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Old April 9th, 2008, 02:13 AM   #4
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but it is still funny that they went to the "trouble" to ACTUALLY make it 3D and not just faked for the sake of the joke.
I think the real "trouble" with this skit is how ridiculous this makes 3D look. If this were a comedy skit with a "shot in Cinemascope" moment, what perception of Cinemascope would you be left with?

I do realize that this list is mostly 3D hobbyists, so maybe this is falling on deaf ears, but the concept of using 3D as a "gimmick" will kill the popular perception of 3D (again) faster than anything. There are persons who feel that if they don't give their viewers several "3D moments" an hour (eye-poking 3D, etc), that the viewers are going to leave the theaters unhappy. The sooner we step outside of this theme-park mentality, the sooner we are going to be able to open stereoscopic up as the intense, immersive storytelling tool it can be.

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Old April 9th, 2008, 06:04 AM   #5
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I think the sketch is really making fun of the 3D revival (the late 70's/80's) with Jaws 3D, Amityville 3D, Friday the 13th Part 3D, etc. Those were all "Part III" sequels and this is the third Laser Cats film. That's why I find it funny. I don't think they are making a comment on the current 3D trend in any way. These guys grew up in the 70's/80's and that is their frame of reference. (Have you seen Hot Rod?)
Unfortunately 3D WAS used as a gimmick back then, and you did have those "3D moments" where you had to put your glasses on, then take them off. Luckily for us 3D is becoming a standard technology, just like THX, Dolby Surround, etc. Not a gimmick, just an edge.
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Old April 9th, 2008, 10:50 AM   #6
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I'd agree with you there Tim.

I had no idea that the 3D sections were actually functional, that's hilarious, just assumed they slapped the effect together. The whole thing reminded me of my Super-8 adventures in early high school, complete with the hand-scratched laser zaps right on the emulsion.

I laughed a LOT at this one. And the sight of that tiny pug pup going after the bemused cat made my day. Thanks for posting!
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Way too short for me to call. Only 5 or so seconds of footage? A longer amount would've done better justice.
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