What to Expect From the Lovable Documentary "Island of Lemurs: Madagascar"

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April 3rd, 2014

IMAX is known for distributing some of the most engaging, beautiful nature documentaries in cinematic history, and "Island of Lemurs: Madagascar" fits perfectly in this tradition. Madagascar is home to hundreds of species of lemurs, animals found nowhere else in the world. This exciting documentary brings audiences into the lush forests where these primates reside, offering unbeatable shots of their lives and habitat while promoting the preservation of this unique endangered species. For wildlife fans who are curious about what this one-of-a-kind documentary has to offer, here is a glimpse of what audiences can expect.

The Story of the Lemurs

Over the course of the film, viewers are educated on the history and lives of the lemurs that call Madagascar their home. The ancestors of modern lemurs arrived at Madagascar millions of years ago, eventually evolving into hundreds of unique species with their own coloration, habits and physical characteristics. Although they have survived several millennia on the island, human interference and other events have led to the lemurs becoming critically endangered. It is now up to human conservationists to ensure that these diverse, beautiful animals do not become extinct. From the ring-tailed lemur to lesser known species, such as the Coquerel's sifaka and the gray mouse lemur, viewers glimpse dozens of spectacular species over the course of the 39-minute film. The footage is paired with beautiful African music that makes the adventure feel simply magical.

A Breathtaking Journey Led By Dr. Patricia Wright and Morgan Freeman

The film "Island of Lemurs: Madagascar" features Morgan Freeman as the primary narrator. Freeman has lent his distinctively deep voice to a number of other documentaries, including "March of the Penguins," which uncovers the lives of Antarctic emperor penguins, and "Through the Wormhole," which explores the great mysteries of the universe. Morgan Freeman's detailed narration joins Dr. Patricia Wright, a groundbreaking scientist whose lifelong mission is to protect the lemurs of Madagascar. Dr. Wright is an American conservationist and primatologist whose research has led to the discovery of a new lemur species. Her goal is to help lemurs survive and thrive within the modern world. Together, Morgan Freeman and Dr. Wright give viewers a close-up view of the wildlife of Madagascar, offering unique insights and never-before-seen lemur footage.

A Beautiful IMAX 3-D Experience

There is no movie-viewing experience like the IMAX experience. The entire film is captured with IMAX 3-D cameras, which use custom lenses and 70-millimeter film to create a sharper, wider picture. The resulting 3-D images make audiences feel as if they are immersed in the jungles of Madagascar, seeing every detail of the lemurs' fur and eyes. Although "Island of Lemurs: Madagascar" is sure to make an incredible DVD, only viewers who see the film in an IMAX theater experience the full effect of this gorgeous production. Audiences can expect to enjoy the excellent sound and picture quality characteristic of IMAX theaters as they view footage of dense jungles and leaping lemurs on a giant-sized screen. The aerial footage in the movie is intended to make audiences feel as if they are flying over Madagascar, and the shots of lemurs leaping from tree to tree makes audiences feel as if they can reach out and touch the adorable animals.

A Standout Production With Drew Fellman and David Douglas

This production reunites celebrated narrator Morgan Freeman with writer Drew Fellman, who also wrote the documentary "Born to Be Wild," a 3-D journey following the lives of several baby animals. The winning combination led to positive critical acclaim for the previous film. Audiences can expect the same epic atmosphere and emotional impact with "Island of Lemurs: Madagascar." David Douglas, who served as director of photography for "Born to Be Wild," is directing this anticipated lemur documentary. Douglas has worked on numerous other documentaries, including the 1999 film "Wolves" and the 1992 IMAX film "Fires of Kuwait." In every documentary he has been involved in, Douglas has brought a touch of passion and unique style, and "Island of Lemurs: Madagascar" is no exception.

IMAX never seems to disappoint when it comes to nature documentaries, and this unique story about lemurs is sure to capture the hearts of viewers everywhere. The film is rated G and is cited as a family film, so it is a great option for younger children who may be disturbed by more graphic nature films. The exciting documentary looks incredible in IMAX 3D, as the state-of-the-art IMAX technology allows audiences to feel as if they are right alongside Dr. Patricia Wright as she observes these special animals.