Beavers explores the life and rich habitat of one of nature’s greatest engineers. Set in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the film follows the story of a family of beavers as they grow, play, and transform the world around them. In magical imagery, the film introduces the creatures that share the beavers’ habitat, documents the beavers’ struggle for survival across the seasons, and reveals the tremendous impact they have on their world. Director’s cut released in 2019.

Length: 34:00

Film Details

  • Year Released: 1988
  • Date Released:
    April 1988
  • Alternate Titles:
  • Status: In Distribution
  • 3D: No
  • Run Time: 31-50
  • Formats: 15/70, IMAX Digital
  • Distributor:

    The Stephen Low Company

  • Produced By:
    Produced by Stephen Low Productions Inc. for Dentsu Tec Inc. as a presentation of the Chubu Electric Power Company
  • Executive Producer: Takashi Yodono
  • Producer: Stephen Low, Roman Kroitor (associate producer)
  • Director:  Stephen Low
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer:  Stephen Low
  • Cinematography: Andrew Kitzanuk (DOP), Stephen Low (underwater photography), Mal Wolfe (under-ice photography)
  • Sound Editor: 
  • Visual Effects:
  • Music/Score:  Eldon Rathburn
  • Editor: Janice Brown
  • Narrator:
  • Other Credits:
  • Sponsors:


  • Animals
  • Documentary
  • Nature



  • IMAX Hall of Fame Award, 2004
  • Jury Prize and Public Prize at the 2nd La Geode International Giant Screen Film Festival
  • Best IMAX Film, 13th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival

Film Facts

Beavers was the first giant screen feature to focus on a single natural history subject. Originally filmed in 15/70 with IMAX cameras, Beavers: The Directors Cut was released in 2019 with three minutes of new aerial footage and transferred in 8K. The soundtrack has been remixed for maximum impact in 12 channels.