Are you looking for a fun family documentary or movie that adults and kids can both enjoy? If so, Pandas is a wonderful movie choice because the movie shows the journey of young pandas and several biologists desire to move the pandas from captivity and into the wild mountainous jungle in China.
Why you should watch Pandas
Of course, watching adorable cuddly looking pandas is great on it’s own. But really getting to know the cross cultural efforts that are going into expanding China’s panda numbers is extraordinary on the big screen. In fact, the Pandas movie highlights the fact that pandas are under protection in China to help increase their numbers. Currently, there is estimated that there are fewer than 2,000 panda bears in the wild, their natural habitats are in the mountains of China’s Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces. However, the most amazing part of the movie is having a front row see to see biologists and pandas closer than ever. You can watch these giant animals coming of age in 3D. The movie also shows the similarities that exist among mammels so its a cool educational science film.
Thus, American biologist, Jack Owen Ph.D, and Chinese biologist, Huo Rong, work together to help a female cub named Qian Qian, who was born in captivity get re-acclimated into the wild.
More About The Fun Family Documentary Pandas
At Chengdu Panda Base in China, scientists are taking the captive breeding program to the next level and preparing captive-born cubs for the wild. This film follows one such researcher, whose passion leads her to initiate a new technique inspired by a black bear rehabilitator in rural New Hampshire. What starts as a cross-cultural collaboration becomes a life-changing journey for one special panda named Qian Qian. The film, captured with IMAX® cameras, follows Qian Qian on an exciting new adventure into the mountains of Sichuan as she experiences nature for the first time and discovers her wild side.
Fellman and Imax 3D
Honestly, when we saw the movie, it was completely entertaining because we felt like we were in China with the pandas.The movie is beautifully shot in 3D and written and directed by Drew Fillman. While watching I felt so close that I can even see the pandas fur blowing in the wind. After the pre-screening, we had a unique opportunity to listen to Mr. Fillman and Dr. Owen answer questions about the movie at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Imax in DC. Here’s a video that my kids shot of the discussion.
Where Can You See This Fun Family Documentary ?
In select U.S. IMAX theaters after April 6, 2018.
5 facts we learned about Pandas 🐼
Below are some of the facts we learned from this fun family documentary.
1) Pandas’ life expectancy is about 20-30 yrs in captivity.
2) Pandas aren’t very social and like being alone.
3) Giant Pandas live in the mountains of China.
4) Pandas are black and white because it helps them camouflage in their natural habitat behind dense bamboo shoots. Their fur mimics the appearance of shadows.
5) Lastly, Pandas will eat more than just bamboo. They eat about 50 lbs of bamboo daily but also will eat bones, apples, and other things when nutrients are needed.
Support the cause
In light of learning about endangered pandas, you may want to donate and learn more. You can do both at: gcause.org.
Find out if Pandas is playing at an Imax near you
https://www.imax.com/movies/pandas (put your zip code in the location field under the word “Showtimes”)
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Imax.com. (2018). Kristen Bell To Narrate Upcoming IMAX® Documentary Pandas. [online] Available at: https://www.imax.com/content/kristen-bell-narrate-upcoming-imax%C2%AE-documentary-pandas [Accessed 11 Apr. 2018].
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