Last Friday night I had an unforgettable 3D cinema experience. I was transported from my seat through the thick forests of Borneo to frolic with orphaned orangutans, and then to the wide open Savannah, to run with baby elephants in Kenya.
Born To Be Wild 3D was first time I have ever noticed a real difference between 3D cinema and the ordinary kind. Previous 3D movies had all the usual effects, but this documentary was filmed using a 3D lens and I felt like I had become up close and personal with some of the most amazing creatures on this earth. Twelve extended scenes were shot using 4k digital Imax cameras - and according to the Internet Movie Database, this is the first time they have been used in any film, and would likely explain the degree of detail on the images.
Born to be Wild, which is narrated by Morgan Freeman - tells inspirational stories of two women from different corners of the globe, who dedicated their lives to rehabilitating orphaned animals. Daphne Sheldrick has spent over 30 years maintaining her "orphanage" for baby elephants, whose parents have been killed by poachers. There are interviews with Daphne, and much footage of the adorable "babies" being rescued, fed and entertained.
Similarly, Dr Birute Galdikas set up a sanctuary for orphaned orangutans, where we are are privy to footage of the orphans playing, bathing, feeding and sleeping.
This amazing documentary is not only cute and entertaining, but incredibly educational and illuminating. The audience sees the individual personalities and heartache of these animals and the degree of humanity these orphans have - baby elephants play with soccer balls, while baby orangutans wear nappies!
Eventually the animals are released from captivity back into the wild (where the title of the documentary suggests they belong), with a very strong message for the viewers - human activities such as forest degradation and poaching are driving these amazing creatures towards extinction.
Overall, Born to Be Wild 3D has it all - some of the most high-tech cinematography available, amazing sweeping shots of some of the most breathtaking scenery on earth, lengthy footage of cute little baby animals (which makes the audience say "awwww") and the inspirational tale of two selfless women who dedicated their lives to helping the helpless.
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This documentary sounds amazing. I travelled through Kenya two years ago, and visited an elephant orphanage, and the work the locals were doing to protect the calves was inspirational. I can imagine that seeing the animals on a 3D movie, with advanced cinematography would be the next best thing to experiencing it first hand. I'm going to look it up at IMAX right now :)
By Lisa Williams - senior reviewer Friday, 15th of July @ 05:06 am