Bugs! is a live-action nature drama filmed in awe-inspiring, totally immersive 3D. Shot on location in Borneo and in a purpose-built studio in Oxford, England, Bugs! explores the dramatic and savage lives of an Old World praying mantis and a beautiful butterfly, known by their Latin names, Hierodula and Papilio. This 40-minute feature combines incredible footage with cutting-edge IMAX technology to deliver a fantastically entertaining and enlightening experience about the little guys in life.

Length: 25:00 and 40:00

Film Details

  • Year Released: 2003
  • Date Released:
    March 2003
  • Alternate Titles:
  • Status: In Distribution
  • 3D: Yes
  • Run Time: 20-30, 31-50
  • Formats: 8/70, 15/70, DCI-compliant Digital, Fulldome
  • Distributor:

    SK Films Inc.

  • Produced By:
    Principal Large Format, Image Quest 3-D, the UK Film and TV Production Company
  • Executive Producer: Jonathan Barker, Peter Fudakowski, Simon Relph
  • Producer: Phil Streather, Alexandra Ferguson
  • Director:  Mike Slee
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer:  Abby Aron, Mike Slee
  • Cinematography: Sean Phillips, Peter Parks
  • Sound Editor: 
  • Visual Effects:
  • Music/Score:  John Lunn
  • Editor: Peter Beston
  • Narrator: Judi Dench
  • Other Credits:
  • Sponsors: Terminix


  • Biology
  • Documentary
  • Nature




  • IMAX Hall of Fame Inductee 2018
  • Special Venue Award, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, October 2009. Awarded to the digital 3D, 25-minute version of the film.
  • Best Cinematography, Giant Screen Theater Association (GSTA), 2003
  • Best Marketing Campaign by a Distributor, Giant Screen Theater Association (GSTA), 2003
  • Special Achievement in Film to Peter Parks for micro- and macro-photography, Giant Screen Theater Association (GSTA), 2003
  • Best Feature, Large Format Cinema Association (LFCA), 2003
  • Best Film for Learning, Giant Screen Theater Association (GSTA), 2004
  • Best Large Format Film, Wildscreen International Wildlife and Environmental Film Festival, 2004

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