Bugs! (Bugs! 3D) (Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure) (2003)
Bugs! is a live-action 40-minute nature documentary filmed in the large IMAX format in 3-D. Shot on-location in the jungles of Borneo, the film follows the life cycles of the caterpillar known as Papilio and the praying mantis known as Hierodula. As a caterpillar, Papilio dines on leaves, builds a cocoon, and becomes a butterfly before searching for a mate and laying eggs. As a butterfly, she survives by drinking the nectar from flowers. Meanwhile Hierodula catches flies for dinner, sheds his outer layer, and mates with a female mantis twice his size. Also includes large-format footage of other creatures, such as beetles, scorpions, tarantulas, frogs, and bats. Narrated by Dame Judi Dench. … More
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Critic Reviews for Bugs! (Bugs! 3D) (Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure)
An extraordinary inspection of a universe rarely invaded by motion picture cameras. You've never been here before.
Bugs! doesn't rely on sinister spider shots for thrills: seeing these insects in their full, magnified glory is a spine-tingler in itself.
Trouble is, both the script and Dame Judi's delivery are a bit old-fashioned.
One of the finest movies that ever came to the IMAX at the Putnam, "Bugs! In 3-D" flies right into your face. And you'll like it.
Astute use of 3-D effects, accomplished insect wrangling and studious avoidance of gross-out elements make this acceptable for target family auds.
Does effectively showcase the life-and-death struggle waged constantly among creatures that, at least in numbers, dominate the planet.
Thanks to specially built equipment, audiences are treated to a bug's-eye view of the stars' evolution from adolescence to adulthood.
Entertainingly anthropomorphizes the insect residents of a tropical rainforest.
The 3-D effect is terrific throughout, and the surround-sound design heightens the sense of being immersed in a lush tropical environment.
That hulking gorilla in King Kong and those rampaging dinosaurs in Jurassic Park have nothing on the amazing monsters in Bugs! in 3-D.
It's worth seeing just for the extraordinary time-lapse footage of the caterpillar metamorphosing into a butterfly.
The 3-D work is extremely effective, giving us a realistic, close-up view of insects unlike anything previously viewed.
For once the 3-D is more than just a gimmick, transporting the audience to a Borneo rainforest so lush and verdant you can almost feel the sunlight on your eyelids.
It's startling how quickly you adjust to the giant scale and start seeing the world through a bug's eyes.
While it's not exactly the be-all, end-all insect documentary, the one that pretty much tells you all you'd ever want to know about them ... Bugs! is still pretty fun.
Provides enough of an 'Ick!' factor to please the kids as well and might even inspire some budding entomologists.
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