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Flight of the Butterflies (2012)

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.


Mike Slee

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Credited cast:
Gordon Pinsent ... Dr. Fred Urquhart
Patricia Phillips Patricia Phillips ... Norah Urquhart
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shaun Benson ... Ken Brugger
Stephen Bogaert ... Fred Urquhart
Megan Follows ... Narrator
Manuel Jiménez Frayre Manuel Jiménez Frayre ... Hunter #2 (as Manolo Jimenez Frayre)
Jayden Greig ... Ice cream boy
Dylan Hoerner Dylan Hoerner ... Young Fred Urquhart
Kevin MacDonald Kevin MacDonald ... Male Volunteer
Gerardo Martínez Gerardo Martínez ... Hunter #1
Jeffrey McRae Jeffrey McRae ... Dean Boen
Matthew Oliver Matthew Oliver ... Jim Gilbert
Montserrat Oliver ... Narrator: Spanish
Alexandra Ordolis ... Female Volunteer
Thomas Price 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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monarch butterfly | imax | See All (2) »


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Release Date:

8 January 2013 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Flug der Schmetterlinge See more »

Filming Locations:

Brenham, Texas, USA

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Color (16 mm version)| Color
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Did You Know?


The director Mike Slee had done a previous 3-D IMAX movie called Bugs! and became interested in doing one on the Monarch butterfly . See more »

Alternate Versions

The version of "Flight of the Butterflies" shown in the 3D Theater at the Boston Museum of Science has been cut down to 25 minutes and retains no mention whatsoever of Dr. Fred Urquhart. See more »

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Watch in 3D!!!!
5 June 2013 | by bsaiken-126-724519See all my reviews

I saw this movie in 3D. Seeing children 2 - 12 all reaching out to catch the virtual butterflies was one of the best movie experiences I ever had.

Don't get me wrong, the story itself is fascinating, and one can not help but marvel in the wonder of creation and the power of the human spirit. Monarch butterflies accomplish the seemingly impossible. Their very survival is threatened and the movie makes a compelling case for better stewardship of our planet without any finger pointing or name calling.

Recently, I saw the movie again in 2D, to wow my friend. I am sad to say it was a disappointment.

See this movie in 3D (only) and take the kids - you will thank me later.

Brian A

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