|Directed by||Colin Davies
|Produced by||Steven Hoban
|Written by||Steve Hoban
|Music by||Paul Haslinger
IMAX Sandde Animation
|Running time||47 minutes|
CyberWorld (also known as CyberWorld 3D) is a 2000 3-D comedy anthology film shown in IMAX and/or IMAX 3D, presented by Intel. Several segments originally filmed in 2-D are showcased as converted to 3-D format.
Phig (Jenna Elfman) is the host of the movie, as she shows the "Cyberworld", a futuristic museum of infinite possibilities. Meanwhile, three computer bugs named Buzzed, Wired and Frazzled come and try to eat the Cyberworld through its number coding. When Phig knows about them and hunts for the destructive computer bugs, she presents various short stock clips of computer animated productions, such as scenes from Antz and episodes of The Simpsons post-converted to 3D.
In the end, the bug trio create a black hole which unexpectedly leads to their demise. Phig is nearly swallowed up as well, but not before her "knight in cyber armor" technician Hank (Dave Foley) reboots the entire system. The movie eventually concludes with Phig re introducing herself to the audience and that none of the events caused by the bugs never occurred. To prove her point, she attempts to summon her battle gear, only to receive a pink bunny outfit in return (a similar trick the bugs played on her in the film's mid-section).
- The dance sequence from the animated feature Antz
- The "Homer³" segment from The Simpsons, episode "Treehouse of Horror VI"
- Monkey Brain Sushi, a short film created by Sony Pictures Imageworks
- KraKKen: Adventure of Future Ocean, a short film created by ExMachina
CyberWorld was a box office success, grossing $16,653,900.
Roger Ebert, writing for the Chicago Sun-Times, praised the film for accurately presenting what 3D technology is capable of. He particularly singled out the size of the IMAX screens the film was projected on. He went on to write, "(The film) takes advantage of the squarish six-story screen to envelop us in the images; the edges of the frame don't have the same kind of distracting cutoff power they possess in the smaller rectangles of conventional theaters."
However, Paul Tatara of CNN.com was displeased with the film's over-reliance on 3D effects, continuing on to say, "Unfortunately, you can't escape the sensation that you might end up wearing the contents of your stomach while you watch it."
- Official website
- CyberWorld at the Internet Movie Database
- CyberWorld at Box Office Mojo
- CyberWorld at Rotten Tomatoes