Flight of the Butterflies IMAX Movie Review

April 3, 2013

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Movie Rating: Four Thumbs Up from a Daddy, Mommy and two kiddos, ages 9 and 6.

The kiddos were absolutely mesmerized by Flight of the Butterflies IMAX movie. More latter about our IMAX experience.

Flight of the Butterflies IMAX movie

Photo from the Houston Museum of Natural Science

Flight of the Butterflies tells two stories. The movie follows the monarchs’, mysterious migration to and from Mexico. The journey of the monarch integrates the life cycle of the butterfly. Glorious up close filming of the egg, caterpillar, chrysalis and butterfly emerging with it’s amazing wings.

Flight of the Butterflies IMAX movie

Of special interest to us was the fact that the Texas Hill Country is prominently featured in the film. Each spring the Monarchs make their way through the Texas Hill Country stopping to feast on the nectar of the Texas wildflowers.

Flight of the Butterflies IMAX movie

One fact we learned during the movie is that monarchs only lay their eggs on the milkweed plant. The next day, MacGyver purchased a tropical milkweed plant and planted it in his self-made square foot garden. He inspects daily for monarch eggs! Keep your fingers crossed.

This was our first IMAX 3D movie. We’ve seen a couple of those Disney 3D movies but gave up on those because they left us unimpressed. Flight of the Butterflies was a different experience! From the moment the movie began we were enchanted by the butterflies flying right before our eyes. It was so very cute to see Miss Enigma continue to catch butterflies throughout the movie. She was determined.

Movie Review by the children:

  • Miss Enigma, age 6“This movie is about the monarch butterfly and its life. When the people came to Mexico they saw thousands of butterflies in the trees flying around. I liked it so much because it was 3D and the butterflies come out of the movie and fly around your face. I tried to catch them.”
  • MacGyver, age 9:  “The movie shows one of the greatest journeys that has ever existed. The movie has awesome 3D. The best 3D I’ve ever seen in my life. You could catch the butterflies if they weren’t an illusion. I learned things I never knew about monarchs. If you’re making a butterfly garden you should plant milkweed. Milkweed is the only plant the monarchs lay their eggs on.  Dr. Fred Urquhart studied and tagged the butterflies his whole life trying to find out where the butterflies were going every winter. “

As a parent and a teacher, the part of the film I found most inspiring was the second part of the monarch story, the story of scientist Dr. Fred Urquhart. As a young boy, Fred spent his summers chasing the monarch butterflies but in the winter they disappeared. He began to wonder where they went every winter. The quest to solve this mystery continued throughout his life. Dr. Urquhart and his wife Norah recruited “citizen scientist” to tag monarch butterflies. In 1975, Kenneth C. Brugger and his wife Catalina Trail found the monarchs in their winter refuge on a mountaintop in Michoacán, Mexico. Dr. Urquhart’s passion and tagging solved the mystery of the monarchs’ amazing migration.

What a powerful message for a child. Pursue what fascinates you and make a life for yourself studying and learning. I can see MacGyver in the story of Dr. Urquhart. MacGyver’s interests may reside a bit outside of the norm, but we he encourage him to research and learn.

Butterfly Resources

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  • MacGyver is currently saving to build a butterfly house.

Our family will definitely be researching more IMAX documentaries.

Which IMAX movies do you recommend?

-Life with Jeannine

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

TaMara April 4, 2013 at 8:56 am

We haven’t been to an IMAX movie in years! The closest IMAX theater is 1 1/2 hours away. This movie looks very good; I know my small people would enjoy it.

BTW, I just have to say that every time I stop by your blog, I’m singing the song for the next hour or so. :)

Tales of a Pee Dee Mama

maryanne @ mama smiles April 4, 2013 at 9:59 am

This movie sounds great! And I really like MacGyver’s drawing of the butterfly room.

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