Pandas, an IMAX® original film for the whole family, is a story of hope friendship and survival. At China’s Chengdu Panda Base, the scientist leading a successful captive breeding program is ready to take a bold new step. Inspired by the work of a black bear rehabilitator in New Hampshire, a team of U.S. and Chinese scientists collaborate on an innovative project to release captive-born pandas into the wild—using methods never previously tried with pandas.Captured with IMAX® Cameras, the film follows the journey of a young cub named Qian Qian as she leaves the comfort of the panda base behind and prepares for a life-changing journey into the misty mountains of Sichuan. Pandas is directed by David Douglas and Drew Fellman, the filmmakers behind Born To Be Wild and Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar. Fellman wrote and produced, with Douglas serving as director of photography.

Length: 41:00

Film Details

  • Year Released: 2018
  • Date Released:

    April 2018

  • Alternate Titles:
  • Status: In Distribution
  • 3D: Yes
  • Run Time: 31-50
  • Formats: 15/70, IMAX Digital, IMAX Laser, Dome-customized 15/70
  • Distributor:

    IMAX Corporation

  • Produced By:

    IMAX Entertainment in association with IMAX Documentary Films Capital, Jin Yi Culture Investment (HK), Panda Productions

  • Executive Producer: Li Xiao Dong, David Haring, Elie Samaha
  • Producer: Drew Fellman, Donald Kushner, Steve Ransohoff
  • Director:  David Douglas and Drew Fellman
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer:  Drew Fellman
  • Cinematography: David Douglas
  • Sound Editor: 

    Gus Koven

  • Visual Effects:
  • Music/Score:  Mark Mothersbaugh
  • Editor: Beth Spiegel
  • Narrator: Kristen Bell
  • Other Credits:
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  • Animals
  • Documentary
  • Nature




Best Marketing Campaign by a Distributor, GSCA Achievement Awards, 2018

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