Get Your Stank On
Spy Kids 4 to open in Aromascope
By Marc Savlov, 7:50AM, Mon. Jun. 27, 2011
As part of his his ongoing effort to re-engineer the moviegoing experience as we know it, Robert Rodriguez has stolen a page from no less than John Waters' exploitation film handbook for Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4-D. No, he's not messing about with gender roles, although that would be truly groundbreaking given the genre.
Instead, Rodriguez's new kidflick will be released in "Aromascope," which while not exactly cutting edge technology nonetheless tracks with the Austin-based director's fondness for retro film aesthetics. Granted, it's not exactly on the same culture-shifting scale as the digital filmmaking revolution Rodriguez helped to pioneer, or the sudden re-popularization of 3D he was helped instigate, but Rodriguez, quoted in USA Today, says "It'll add lots of extra laughs."
Like Waters' 1981 classic Polyester (which marked the debut of Waters' patented 'Odorama" gimmick), the newest Spy Kids will use scratch-and-sniff cards, albeit ones more akin to an iPad screen than the cardboard crapshoots of yore. The film, slated for an August 19 release, was shot at the director's Troublemaker Studios and all over town, so even if you're not into kid's films, there's still a good chance you'll get to witness various and sundry parts of Austin blown up, CGI-style, which, let's face it, is always pretty cool.