This month my son and I attended a special preview of Superpower Dogs an IMAX original film. Today’s Story is hosted by Imax and Cosmic Picture’s.
I personally think this movie is wonderful for dog lovers everywhere. We loved seeing how the dogs are trained in emergency response situations. From water rescues to avalanche recovery rescues where dogs can dig up to 12 feet to rescue someone trapped in the snow, to specially trained dogs for those who have special needs.
This movie was beyond heartwarming and makes you fall in love all over again with our 4 legged companions. These dogs go above and beyond in their training and in real life situations. It makes you appreciate that furry friend by your side. In addition, the movie is very interesting and I thought I would share with you a few fun facts about the film.
- The film was shot over 2.5 years, starting in January 2016 and ending in summer 2018.
- Chris Evans did the narration voice recording with Henry, the dog he voices.
- Over 500 people worked on the film in five countries (U.S., Canada, Italy, Kenya,
- The American Humane Association monitored most of the filming to ensure all animals
were well cared for (with the exception of the training scenes of Halo as a puppy).
- The film employed 12 scientific advisors who helped to ensure accuracy of many of the
information and visuals. These include biologists, canine behaviorists, veterinarians,
cognition specialists, authors, researchers and geneticists.
- The production team tested and designed a special doggie‐vision camera rig that allows
audience to see the world in 250 degrees.
- The surfing scenes with Ricochet were among the last scenes ever captured of her
surfing. She still works with military veterans and children with special needs.
- Henry and Ian are regularly deployed in avalanche rescues by helicopter longline from
their base in Whistler, Canada.
- The Italian School of Water Rescue Dogs has trained hundreds of dogs working on
beaches and boats across Italy. Each year, these graduates save 20‐30 people from
- Tipper and Tony have brought many criminals to justice, including poachers, thieves and
have even helped solve murders.
- The Bloodhound is the only animal whose evidence is admissible in some courts.
- Captain Cat Labrada has been deployed with Florida Task Force One in several disasters,
including the earthquake in Haiti, Hurricanes Katrina, Harvey, Irma, Maria and Michael.
- In the earthquake in Haiti, Florida Task Force 1 saved 11 people, thanks largely to the K9
- Commandante Ferruccio Pilenga had never heard of the Newfoundland breed until he
saw it in a book and read that it was a good dog with children. When his six year old
daughter was drowning in a lake, his first Newfoundland, Mas, saved her. It gave him
the idea to create the Italian School of Water Rescue Dogs.
We really enjoyed watching Super Power Dogs. From our dog loving family to yours this movie should not be missed.
Till Next Time ~ Anna Christoffels
Join an immersive IMAX adventure to experience the life- saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most amazing dogs. In this inspiring true story narrated by Chris Evans, our best friends are also real-life superheroes. Journey around the globe to meet remarkable dogs who save lives and discover the powerful bond they share with their human partners. Follow ‘Halo’, a rookie puppy training to join one of the most elite disaster response teams in America. Meet ‘Henry’, an avalanche rescue expert in the mountains of British Columbia, ‘Reef’, a Newfoundland lifeguard with the Italian coastguard, ‘Ricochet’, a Californian surf legend helping people with special needs, and the Bloodhound brothers, ‘Tipper and Tony’, who are leading the fight to save endangered species in Africa. As we discover the incredible abilities of dogs and the astonishing science behind their superpowers, we’ll never look at our best friends the same way again!