Butterflies, pandas and dinosaurs all get their fair share of fame this summer as part of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science’s summer film line-up at The Hoglund Foundation Theater. Summer films will include Pandas: The Journey Home 3D, presented by National Geographic(opening May 23), Flight of the Butterflies 3D (opening May 28),and Dinosaurs: Giants of the Patagonia (now open). For tickets and to view trailers, go to perotmuseum.org.
Pandas: The Journey Home 3D (Opening May 24. Length: 40 minutes)
National Geographic Entertainment presents a groundbreaking natural-history film capturing for the first time in 3D highly endangered giant pandas living in Wolong National Nature Reserve in the People’s Republic of China. The filmmakers were granted unprecedented access to the Wolong Panda Conservation Centre, to bring to light the extraordinary efforts of the Chinese to secure the pandas’ future in the wild. Made at a critical time in the history of the species, the film shows how, after finally achieving success at captive breeding, the Chinese scientists involved with this effort must now face the ultimate challenge of successfully re-introducing pandas into their natural habitat. Meet all of the pandas at the Centre as they get ready for their new lives in various parts of the world, learn about their fascinating habits and watch as they get the best of their keepers! Experience the dedication of the scientists who work tirelessly on behalf of this amazing animal. And follow one panda in particular, Tau Tau, as he is released into the bamboo forest to begin his adventure living wild.
Flight of the Butterflies 3D (Opening May 24. Length: 22 minutes)
It’s a natural history epic. It’s a compelling detective story. It’s a scientific adventure at its best. Flight of the Butterflies 3D takes audiences on a journey through one of the most incredible migrations on Earth. Following the year-long annual migration cycle of monarch butterflies, the award-winning production team filmed hundreds of millions of monarchs in their remote overwintering sanctuaries in Mexico in 2011 and again in 2012 and also along their migratory routes from Canada, across the U.S. and into Mexico. The film immerses audiences in the astounding migration experience as two generations of the butterflies migrate north and then a Super Generation miraculously finds its way from Canada to a few isolated mountaintops in Mexico – to a place it has never been!
Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia (Now through Sept. 1, 2014. Length: 21 minutes)
Walk the Earth with dinosaurs! If it weren’t for a series of cataclysmic events, a comet impact being first on the list, planet Earth could still be the domain of dinosaurs. Dinosaurs are so fascinating that many people wish they were still among us. Fortunately, Dinosaurs: Giants Of Patagonia 3D will be the one of the closest encounters visitors will have with these extraordinary creatures. Deeply rooted in science, the film carries the audience back in time to witness these amazing beasts come to life. Meet the largest living animals to have ever walked Earth: the titanesque plant-eating Argentinosaur and its nemesis the Giganotosaur, a bipedal carnivore that could easily challenge the famous T. rex! Dinosaurs: Giants Of Patagonia 3D follows Dr. Rodolfo Coria, a world-renowned Argentinean paleontologist, as he visits sites of major discoveries. Visitors can gigantic-ize their experience and save by bundling tickets to see Dinosaurs: Giants Of Patagonia 3D and the traveling exhibition The World’s Largest Dinosaurs!
Museum general admission ticket prices are $15 for adults (18-64), $12 for youth (12-17) and seniors (65+), and $10 for children (2-11). Admission to the theater is $5 (short film – 20 minutes) and $8 (long film – 40 minutes) for adults, students, seniors and children. For members, general exhibit hall admission is always free, and admission to the theater is $5 (short film) and $6 (long film).
The Perot Museum is located at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit perotmuseum.org or call 214-428-5555.