The AutoNation® IMAX® 3D Theater at the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) premiered the large format documentary Animal Kingdom: A Tale of Six Families, which opened on Friday, March 10.
“We are delighted to bring the breathtaking and educational film, Animal Kingdom: A Tale of Six Families, to our guests, providing them with a unique opportunity to experience the beautify of African wildlife,” said Joseph P. Cox, president and CEO of MODS. “At MODS, we teach the resilience and sustainability of the South Florida environment through our animal ambassadors. This film will inspire audiences of all ages as they learn about one of the world’s greatest ecosystems.”
From the vast African savannah to the frozen ends of the Earth, open skies to the deep blue, Animal Kingdom will take audiences on a joyful adventure to celebrate the diversity of life on our planet. Viewers will meet members of the six families of the animal kingdom from insects to birds to mammals and might just be surprised by some of their incredible abilities. The child-friendly yet informative storytelling makes Animal Kingdom a film that can truly be enjoyed by the whole family, filling a need that theaters and audiences have been voicing.
As veteran natural history and large format filmmakers, writer-directors Paula Grusovin and Amelia McCarten imbue Animal Kingdom with brilliant nature footage, taking audiences to the Earth’s far corners. Viewers can get up close and personal with a rich cast of animal characters: the offbeat dung beetle, the irresistibly cute penguin, the ferocious crocodile, the wise elephant matriarch… Not to mention, few experiences are quite like swimming with the whales and listening for sorrow and joy in their mysterious songs in a true giant screen theater.
The directors hope this film will inspire, or re-inspire, fascination and appreciation for our fellow creatures: “While watching this film, we want the viewer to step into Animal Kingdom and experience a sense of fun, warmth, wonder and also a sense of hope for its future… We live in a complex and traumatic period of time for our natural world, where our substantial impact on the planet is becoming clearer than ever. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, disengaged, or not fully appreciate extraordinary scenes unfolding in the natural world around us daily. We hope that our film, Animal Kingdom, can reignite a passion for the natural world and its creatures, and empower our little people to celebrate that we are not separate from the animal kingdom – but we are part of it.”
Animal Kingdom is produced by Definition Films and distributed by K2 Studios in Giant Screen and IMAX theaters at science centers, museums, aquaria and specialty theaters worldwide. For more information, please visit theanimalkingdomfilm.com.
The AutoNation® IMAX® Theater at the Museum of Discovery and Science is located at 401 SW 2nd Street in Fort Lauderdale. Serengeti is included in the MODS Discovery Pass, an all-in-one ticket that includes Museum exhibitions, live science demonstrations and one IMAX documentary film. For tickets, please visit mods.org/tickets and for showtimes, please visit mods.org/showtimes.