We reveal the biggest and best 3D movies coming to screens this year, from animation to sci-fi and beyond.
2012 was a phenomenal year for 3D movies, with the likes of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Avengers Assemble and Brave all making a big impact on the box office. And the movie industry has certainly not fallen out of love with stereoscopic 3D yet, with plenty of great new releases coming our way. Here we take a look at some of the best movies you can look foward to in 2013, including full details and sneak-peek trailers. Which ones will you be watching?
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We're yet to see a trailer but the all-star cast is enough for us to make this one of the 3D movies we're most excited about in 2013. Starring Liam Neeson and Steve Buschemi, Khuma tells the story of a half-striped zebra who after being rejected by his superstitious herd, embarks on a daring quest to earn his stripes but finds the courage and self-acceptance to save all the animals of the Great Karoo.
This is the first dip into the silver screen for many of the artists on board for the film. It's so refreshing to see such a stellar cast rubbing shoulders with 3D movie newbies. We have no doubt that they'll impress.
For more information, head to the Khumba website.
02. World War Z
Now, unless you've been living under a rock for the past few months we have no doubt that you've come across the hype surrounding Brad Pitt's latest movie - World War Z. Based on the best-selling book by Max Brooks, movie and special effects fans alike are more than eager to feast their eyes on one of the most anticipated 3D movies of the year.
The Moving Picture Company and Cinesite are taking care of all of the special effects. Many of the team members have worked on the likes of Harry Potter as well as the latest James Bond installment. We might not be safe from the zombies but at least we're in safe animation hands.
For more information, head to the World War Z website.
03. Texas Chainsaw 3D
Okay, okay, we know the plot for this film won't receive any Oscars but that's not what we're looking at here. As creatives, it's the craft, care and attention to detail within the special effects that we notice, and this reboot of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre has some serious credability when it comes to 3D movies.
Jacques Godbout worked as the visual effects supervisor on the film and yes, he worked on the iconic 1981 release of Scanners. 3D artist Ryan Markley worked on the delicious blockbusters The Expendables and Drive Angry.
For more information head to the Texas Chainsaw 3D website.
04. Seventh Son
Only a few teasing stills have been released for Seventh Son but we're just excited to see Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges reunited on screen! What's more, Game of Thrones' very own Kit Harington will be joining the ranks. The film is an 18th century adventure story centred on Thomas, who is apprenticed to a Spook to learn to fight evil spirits.
Alex Burdett is working as the special effects supervisor and after his efforts on the gruesome Saving Private Ryan as well as Tron Legacy, we have no doubt he'll deliver in one of the most anticipated 3D movies of the year.
For more information, head to the Seventh Son website.
05. Dorothy's Return
This cute animated 3D movie returns to the land of Oz where Dorothy Gale decides to head back to the magical land in order to help her friends. The mighty Patrick Stewart and Dan Aykroyd are among the ranks when it comes to voice actors, with Lea Michele as Dorothy.
Soumitra Gokhale is working as the lead animator and has worked on a number of Madagascar and Shrek spin-offs, so this movie should be a breeze for her. Hopefully, this is one of those 3D movies that's not just for the kids!
For more information, head to the Dorothy's Return website.
06. Smurfs 2
The sequel to one of 2011's biggest 3D movies, The Smurfs, Smurfs 2 is based on the comic book series created by the Belgian comics artist Peyo. Whilst the storyline is strictly family-friendly, the 3D animation work is seriously impressive. Directed by Raja Gosnell (Scooby-Doo, Mrs. Doubtfire), Sony Pictures Imageworks are taking on most of the special effects.
Rob Engle worked as the 3D visual effects supervisor and rightly so, as he has previously worked on the likes of The Amazing Spider-Man, Pirates of the Carribean and The Chronicles of Narnia. The film stars Hank Azaria, Sofia Vergara and Christina Ricci and is set for release later on this year.
For more information, head to the Smurfs 2 website.
07. 300: Rise of an Empire
After the success of 2007's 300, relatively unknown director Noam Murro takes the reigns for the film's sequel - 300: Rise of an Empire. The original film quickly became a cult classic when it came to special effects so number 2 is one of the 3D movies we have highest hopes for this year. Starring Lena Heady of Game of Thrones fame as well as Eva Green, 300: Rise of an Empire looks set to focus on the ladies.
Unsurprisingly, the film boasts a huge list of technical and speical effects teams. Special effects senior technician comes in the form of Nikolay Furtunkov, who has previously worked on The Expendables films. We certainly can't wait to see what this sequel will bring.
For more information, head to 300: Rise of an Empire on IMDB.
08. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Another sequel here that will have fans of the Percy Jackson books every excited indeed. The first film released back in 2010 proved popular with special effect critics, so we can't wait to see what the sequel comes up with. It continues the adventures of Percy Jackson and his friends and is based on the book The Sea of Monsters.
Logan Lerman returns to play the part of Percy and will be joined by fantasy heroes Sean Bean, Anthony Stewart Head and Nathan Fillion. Lead 3D matte artist Juan Jesús García has a heap of experience after working on the Harry Potter films, Kingdom of Heaven and Troy. He's the perfect choice to lead the 3D extravaganza that Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters will no doubt deliver.
For more information, head to the Percy Jackson website.
Planes is the sequel to Pixar's 2006 release Cars although the renowned animation studio hasn't actually had any part of it. Instead, it has been produced by DisneyToon Studios and was initially set to be released as a direct-to-video film. However, Disney seems to have changed their minds as the film is now going to be theatrically released by Walt Disney Pictures in August.
The effects are in great hands in the form of Nickie Huai, who worked on the award-winning Avatar as well as the Ice Age movies and Night At The Museum 2. It might be yet another sequel but we're sure this will be a fun-filled one.
For more information, head to the Planes website.
10. Storm Surfers 3D
Telling the story of best friends and professional surfing legends Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke-Jones, Storm Surfers 3D is all about that elusive rush of adrenaline and the hunt for the ultimate wave. This looks set to be a 3D event to get excited about, as we witness these incredible waves in the most realistic fashion.
The incredible cinematography was taken care of by Dave Maguire and we have a feeling that he'll be working on lots of projects in the future if Storm Surfers 3D is anything to go by. Kirstin-Marie Cetinich worked on the special effects and proves that you don't need to be part of a huge studio to produce great results.
For more information, head to the Storm Surfers 3D website.