Katzenberg probably has just the ticket to survive an economic meltdown: light, all-age escapist fare presented in crystalline 3-D — "the premium experience," he likes to call it. One need only look at the top-grossing films of the early 1930s: monster movies, Busby Berkeley musicals and comedies starring the likes of the Marx Brothers and Mae West. Yesterday looks a whole lot like today, as Batman, Indiana Jones, Jack Black as a punching panda, a robot named WALL-E and Meryl Streep singing Abba clog the box-office top 10 of 2008. Not a single somber, serious soul in sight. So yeah, Seth Rogen as a 3-D ball of goo? The very definition of Depression-proof, just maybe.

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