Recently, our team had the pleasure of attending the Red Carpet Premiere of IMAX and Warner Bros. documentary PANDAS – narrated by Kristen Bell. The movie opens in limited release on April 6th and here in Los Angeles specifically at the California Science Center.
The documentary follows Scientist at Chengdu Panda Base in China, who are taking the captive breeding program to the next level and preparing captive-born cubs for the wild. This film observes 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.
The film showcased terrific cinematography that pulled me into every scene. While the documentary is short, the information and scenes with the wild bears were captivating and gave me a new insight into their current habitat.
Here is 3 lesson’s Kid can learn from IMAX documentary ‘Pandas’ narrated Kristen Bell
1) Endangered Species: Did you know Pandas are the oldest and most endangered of the bear family? To be exact, there are less than 2000. Personally, I was shocked at this number. I think the film does a wonderful job of motivating and encouraging young adults to do their part to help the environment in order for this beautiful species to continue to repopulate and survive.
2) A mini-lesson on Black Bears: During the film, viewers are introduced to a Ben Kilham, who is known as the bear whisperer of Lyme, New Hampshire. Ben and his family specialize in rescuing abandoned black bear cubs and rehabilitating so that can successfully live in their natural environment. Through his collaboration with the Chengdu Panda researchers, viewers will get gain a unique perspective on the behavior of black bears.
3) The life of a Panda: Young viewers will observe the daily routine of Qian Qian life at Chengdu Panda Base in China and her transitions into the wild. In each step Joy and I learned something new about the Panda’s Habit. Have you ever wondered what Giant Panda eat? I know they ate bamboo. However, I didn’t realize they can eat up to 40 lb or more and their day revolves around searching for and consuming bamboo. Throughout, the Giant Panda Qian Qian journey kids will learn about her habit.
I loved IMAX and Warner Bros. documentary PANDAS and personally feel is a documentary that every child should see. Pandas successfully tell the tale of a group of Panda Bears while simultaneously deliver a lot of information about the pandas themselves and their current state of living.