Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Fernbank Museum IMAX - Island of Lemurs: Madagascar Review

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Last month during our visit to Fernbank Museum of Natural History the children saw a preview for the IMAX film, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar. They both begged to return to Fernbank to see it when it released on April 4th. Well last week we were lucky enough to attend a screening of the film and it was spectacular.

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar is brought to you by IMAX and Warner Brothers Pictures and was directed by Drew Fellman (writer and director of 2011 IMAX documentary Born to Be Wild). This amazing documentary journeys to a place that is on my travel bucket list, Madagascar. The film highlights the incredible, true story of nature's greatest explorers, lemurs. Did you know that lemur means, wondering spirit?

The film is about 45 minutes long and takes you on a breathtaking journey around the remote island of Madagascar. During the trip you will learn about the sacred creatures that make their home there as they leap, sing and dance their way into your heart. One of my favorite actors is the narrator for the journey, Morgan Freeman! Freeman gives the lemurs a voice throughout the film making it fun and entertaining! The cinematography was breathtaking and the soundtrack was fun and upbeat. The film is rated G so it's perfect for the entire family!

Throughout the documentary you will follow Dr. Patricia Wright, a passionate scientist, as she works towards preserving a life for these magnificent creatures through amazing conservation techniques. Several different species of lemurs are discussed during the film including the endangered Bamboo Lemur. Did you know there are 60 species of lemurs?

You will not only learn about the lemurs and how the castaways arrived millions of years ago on the island, but you will also learn about the ever changing landscape and the people who inhabit the special island. Did you know that lemurs have adapted over the years to survive the diverse habitats on the island?

As a homeschool mom I loved how educational the film was. It incorporated history, science, geography, the importance of conservation and more! Both children learned a lot from the film and were oohing and ahing the entire time. Visit the official Island of Lemurs: Madagascar website for FREE educator and activity guides, downloads and more!

This film will bring to life these living treasures and their surroundings without ever leaving Atlanta!

More Details:
Fernbank Museum of Natural History and the 5-story-tall Rankin M. Smith Sr. IMAX® Theatre are located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta. Call 404.929.6400 or visit the website to purchase your tickets. The film will be shown daily from April 4th- August 14, 2014. IMAX tickets are $13 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, $11 for children 12 and under and $8 for museum members.

*To find out if the film is playing in a theater near you visit the official Island of Lemurs: Madagascar website. There are 3D and 2D productions and our review is based on the 2D version.

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