How Many of Today's Movie Scenes Exist Only Because of 3-D Potential?

James Franco in Oz the Great and Powerful
James Franco in Oz the Great and Powerful
Photo: Walt Disney Pictures

My first inclination when seeing this latest clip from Sam Raimi's Oz the Great and Powerful is to wonder if it would have been a part of the film had the film not been made in 3-D. I don't know when the script by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire and I have no idea if bubble travel was ever part of L. Frank Baum's Oz works, but as soon as I saw this clip I couldn't help but wonder if it would have ever existed had it not been made in 3-D.

Obviously, seeing something like this out of context isn't the best way to judge something, which is the main reason I stay clear of watching trailers and the majority of marketing, but since I did watch 27 seconds of this 71-second clip I thought I'd share my thoughts before sharing it with you.

What do you think and can you think of any scenes from recent films that may not have made the final cut or even been thought of had it not been for the idea of seeing them in 3-D?

Disney's fantastical adventure Oz The Great and Powerful, directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum's beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he's hit the jackpot--fame and fortune are his for the taking--that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity--and even a bit of wizardry--Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.

  • Travis

    The bubble travel is an allusion to the 1939 movie, and wonderfully spoils that Michelle Williams is Glinda-sarcasm intended. So bubble travel would be a part. That said, it is obviously intended for 3D the way it is shot

    • Brad Brevet

      That's right, I completely forgot about she showed up in a bubble in the first movie.

  • Corbin

    Way to ham it up Franco. Djesus.

    • GregDinskisk

      Hahaha thanks for using the 'Djesus'... Gave me a laugh...

      • Corbin

        No problem. Really enjoyed that skit, I did.

        • GregDinskisk

          Same here, was laughing more through it than through anything SNL has done in YEARS.....

  • rolocop

    The scene would still be in there, but probably filmed in a completely different way.

  • Owen

    The flying fish scene in Life of Pi...

    • Orhan94

      it might have been shot differently but it was in the book...

  • Baca

    This is my biggest issue with 3d. Movies being shot differently. If I want for Blu, it totally takes me out of the movie.

  • Nick

    I thought Hugo looked wonderful in 3D, but that scene where sheets of paper are falling to the floor for like 2 minutes irked me even in the theater. I think it was almost gratutious, and would be downright pointless if you watch the film at home.

  • AJ

    I don't know... The original "Star Wars" was never intended to be in 3-D, and it has loads of shots coming directly out at the camera or down into the frame that people would leap to call 3-D pandering today. Heck, the climax is a long flight down a tunnel with lasers shooting back at the camera, and that was back when it wasn't easy to do those shots. While the exact way they handle these shots is surely effected by 3-D concerns, I think in a broader way that it's just a part of visual language of dynamic fantasy filmmaking.

    • Stiggy

      The Beehive Tetherball segment from Jackass 3D comes to mind when they were pouring the bees into the ball and you could see hundreds of Africanized bees flying out the screen.