Flight of the Butterflies (2012)

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A film of hundreds of millions of monarchs in their remote overwintering sanctuaries and along their migratory routes from Canada and across the U.S. to Mexico.


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Credited cast:
Dr. Fred Urquhart
Patricia Phillips ...
Norah Urquhart
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ken Brugger
Fred Urquhart
Manolo Jimenez Frayre ...
Hunter #2
Ice cream boy
Dylan Hoerner ...
Young Fred Urquhart
Male Volunteer
Gerardo Martínez ...
Hunter #1
Jeffrey McRae ...
Dean Boen
Matthew Oliver ...
Jim Gilbert
Montserrat Oliver ...
Narrator: Spanish
Female Volunteer
Thomas Price ...
Jim Street


It is a natural history epic. It is a detective story. Join hundreds of millions of real butterflies on an amazing journey to a remote and secret hideaway, and one scientist's 40-year search to unravel the mystery - where do they go each fall? Experience the Flight of the Butterflies. Written by Anonymous

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8 January 2013 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Der Flug der Schmetterlinge  »

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An average film, if we're being honest
14 October 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I was looking forward to seeing this film, both for the IMAX 3D format, and for the Monarch butterflies which are in news recently for declining population.

Cons first: This film doesn't really make much use of the 3D format. Those things which have the most 3D effect appear to be CGI, rather than actual butterflies. I don't know whether they are, but the fact they look like they might be is disappointing. Peter Jackson is right when he switched to High Frame Rate for 3D, to reduce motion blur or snapshot effect, and look more life-like. Also, the IMAX at the Henry Ford Museum seems to have some trouble holding 3D together. Sometimes there's 3D, and sometimes (particularly toward the edges of the screen) there's just two flat 2D images next to each other. I attribute that to the theatre, rather than the film. But viewers should be aware that it can happen.

Pros: This is more on the monarchs than I've seen before. But it's presented at a level that kids can understand. And it does seem to do a good job of covering the story of the discovery of the migration route between places like Toronto, ON, and a forest in Mexico. Actors portray Urquhart and his wife, and two other in Mexico (Wikipedia says Brugger and Aguado, but I'm unsure if that's who they identified in the film). It is thrilling when the migration route is discovered, even though we all know it's coming.

I'd recommend the film, but probably not in 3D, and maybe not in IMAX either. The content doesn't justify extra expense.

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