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Under the Sea 3D (2009)

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An underwater look at the diverse coastal regions of Southern Australia, New Guinea and the Indo-Pacific areas and the impact of global warming on the oceans.

Director:

Howard Hall

Star:

Jim Carrey
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Jim Carrey ... Narrator (voice)
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An underwater look at the diverse coastal regions of Southern Australia, New Guinea and the Indo-Pacific areas and the impact of global warming on the oceans.

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Taglines:

A world beyond imagination.

Genres:

Documentary | Short

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official site | Warner Bros.

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Under the Sea 3D See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$661,185, 15 February 2009

Gross USA:

$36,217,654

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,850,269
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Sound Mix:

Sonics-DDP

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.44 : 1
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Trivia

According to IMAX Melbourne, this film features an "up-close look at South Australia's exquisite Leafy Sea Dragon and the endangered puppy-like Sea Lion - animals that can be found nowhere else on Earth." See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Sea snakes are increasingly rare, even here in the Coral Triangle. Most have become wallets, shoes or handbags.
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Connections

Referenced in Filming IMAX: Under the Sea (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Octopus's Garden
Written by Ringo Starr
Published by Startling Music
Performed by Leah Erbe
Produced by Micky Erbe and Maribeth Solomon
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A Nutshell Review: Under the Sea 3D
18 May 2011 | by DICK STEELSee all my reviews

Under the Sea is a documentary that brings us to the depths of the oceans to be introduced to the various sea creatures that we hardly see, unless you're an avid diver and being knowledgeable enough to know your undersea flora and fauna. To the uninitiated and non- divers like myself, this is one thrill ride that reminds us we're not alone in this world, and there are countless other species living in 70% of our world that we hardly ever see.

Narrated by Jim Carrey, yes, that Jim Carrey, the visuals are spectacular, showcasing the vibrancy of colours underwater, and very strange fishes and creatures both predator and prey, stretching from the waters of Papua New Guinea to Australia's Gold Coast. I've lost count on the number of species on display, but for fans of the ocean you will get to see them in their natural habitat engaging in various activities from camouflaging, mating to pure survival in keeping themselves fed. Given the presentation in IMAX it's really in your face stuff, especially when it boils down to snapping at its own food chain, and what I really felt uncomfortable with, were the wriggly, venomous sea snakes swimming toward the screen. Yikes!

Perhaps the primary weak point in the film is Jim Carrey's narration, as his voice was somehow drowned out by the soundtrack and ambient underwater sounds. Granted he's no James Earl Jones or Morgan Freeman whose voices inherently have a certain booming, commanding gravitas, Carrey's came across as somewhat smart-alecky at some points, though of course fingers can be pointed to the writer of his lines, and as they say, don't shoot the messenger.

Then there's not much of a weaving narrative attempted to tell a story here, other than to launch you into the visuals direct and describing what's going on, and if it's something a lot more educational you're expecting, then you'll be a tad disappointed. It skims the surface of the various species introduced, and of course the legwork of research and investigations into more detail lie with you the audience in digging up more information after the screening, and that is if you're bothered to.

One can almost feel that this slightly under an hour film served its purpose as a presentation preview for audiences to the new IMAX 3D format, and would have certainly piqued the interest of many to make this presentation format the format of choice in films slated in its lineup, starting with this summer's blockbusters.


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