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One IMAX movie and the flamingos exhibit are included with paid Maritime Aquarium admission: $22.95 for adults; $20.95 for youths (13-17) and seniors (65+); and $15.95 for children (3-12). Kids under 3, and Aquarium members, are admitted for free.

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Maritime Aquarium At Norwalk
10 N. Water St.
Norwalk, CT 06854
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IMAX Movie "Amazon Adventure"

Maritime Aquarium At Norwalk
12/5/17 - 12/14/17

www.maritimeaquarium.org

Plunge deep into the Brazilian rain forest for a giant-screen journey of discovery among glimmering butterflies, surprising insects and a prowling jaguar in the IMAX® movie “Amazon Adventure" at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

The compelling story of 19th-century scientific breakthrough is playing daily in Connecticut’s largest IMAX Theater, with a screen that’s six stories high. NOTE: no shows Dec. 15-Jan. 15.

“Amazon Adventure” recounts the extraordinary work of naturalist Henry Bates, who the filmmakers call “the most influential scientist you’ve never heard of.” Beginning in 1848, Bates risked his life for science during an 11-year expedition into the Amazon rain forest, and his findings provided “the beautiful proof” for Charles Darwin’s then-controversial theory of natural selection, the scientific explanation for the development of life on Earth.

Filmed in the lush Amazon region, with scenes of sloths, brilliantly colored birds and amazingly camouflaged insects and lizards, “Amazon Adventure” lets audiences join Bates as he searches for clues about how and why species – particularly butterflies – change and adapt over time. 

“I saw strange creatures that hide in plain sight by looking like something completely different,” Bates (played by Calum Finlay) says in the film. “A ‘leaf’ that flies. ‘Bird droppings’ that walk. … A ‘flower bud,’ whose nectar attracts a bee, is really a spider. So with your disguise, you get eaten less and get to eat more, a double advantage.”

Bates discovered more than 8,000 species new to science. His collections demonstrated that species do adapt, thus supporting Darwin’s theory and disproving the then-common belief that “species were divinely created in their current form, that they never changed, and never would.”

Painstakingly researched for three years, “Amazon Adventure” enlisted the expertise of more than 100 scientists and historical advisors. The team’s commitment to authenticity not only resulted in this rigorous re-creation, even using actual instruments and tools from the 1850s, but the writing team also incorporated many of Bates’ own words, as he was a gifted storyteller.

“From a humble background, with an unstoppable passion for science and life, Bates played guitar, had a pet monkey, relied on Amazonian natives to survive and learned many of their languages, and made crucial contributions to our understanding of the natural world,” said Jonathan Barker, CEO of SK Films and one of the movie’s executive producers. “He should be more widely known and we’re thrilled to introduce his remarkable story to the public.”

Developed and produced in close collaboration with HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, “Amazon Adventure” also received major funding from the National Science Foundation through the film’s educational outreach partner, Pacific Science Center. Other key partners include the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Simons Foundation, and Foxconn Brazil and Vale.

A co-production between Canada, the UK and Brazil, the production was granted unprecedented access by the Natural History Museum of London to film Bates’ own scientific field notebooks and botanical drawings, and to film the butterflies he personally collected over 160 years ago.

Of the movie, Variety magazine said: “While nearly all made-for-IMAX educational movies boast breathtaking visuals, this one matches its imagery with an equally memorable story.”

The film is 44 minutes long, and is a great South American-themed pairing with the Chilean flamingos on special exhibit for the summer at The Maritime Aquarium – the only place to see flamingos in Connecticut this summer.

Reserve your tickets, view a trailer of “Amazon Adventure,” and get more details – including a link to the film’s educational content – at www.maritimeaquarium.org.

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