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"Dinosaurs Alive! 3D" Thundering Into IMAX March 30th

New Film Takes Movie-goers Face To Face With Giants from The Past

Chattanooga, Tenn. (March 21, 2007) – The Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater promises to bring you face to face with some of the most thrilling animals the earth has ever seen with the film “Dinosaurs Alive! 3D,” which opens March 30th.

“Dinosaurs Alive! 3D” is a global adventure of science and discovery – featuring the earliest dinosaurs of the Triassic Period, to the monsters of the Cretaceous brought back to life in stunning IMAX realism.

Shot on location, from the exotic sand dunes of Mongolia’s Gobi Desert to the dramatic sandstone buttes of New Mexico, the film follows American

Museum of Natural History paleontologists as they explore some of the greatest dinosaur finds in history. And IMAX 3D magic brings these creatures to life in a huge way with the help of some awesome computer-generated animation.

Beginning in the 1920s, AMNH scientist and adventurer Roy Chapman Andrews, who is believed to be the inspiration for the Indiana Jones character, led five expeditions to the Gobi Desert. Andrews and his team found hundreds of dinosaur remains, many new to science, including the first Velociraptor. Andrews also happened to take a Hollywood cameraman along with him to film the expedition’s discoveries. This rare and beautifully preserved footage, juxtaposed against the large-format footage of today’s expeditions, provides audiences with a unique perspective into field paleontology over time.

The dinosaurs are the real stars though, and it takes a giant screen like IMAX to make these creatures seem so real. One of the most dramatic scenes features a Velociraptor and a Protoceratops locked in mortal combat. A six-story screen isn’t nearly large enough for Tarbosaurus, the towering Asian counterpart of the T-Rex. The ground almost shakes as Seismosaurus or “thunder lizard” fills the screen with its 30-ton body. Audiences will learn which dinosaurs traveled in herds, which made nests, which were the predators and which were the hunted, along with other surprising behaviors.

More fossils than ever are being found today. While there have been great discoveries over the last century, the scientific quest to find and understand dinosaurs and the world they inhabited is ongoing. “Dinosaurs Alive! 3D” estimates that we’ve discovered less than two percent of all the dinosaur species that once lived. For young paleontologists, the adventure is just beginning, and this spellbinding new film is sure to spark imaginings of what mysteries still lie buried beneath our feet.

“Dinosaurs Alive! 3D” is a production of David Clark Inc., Giant Screen Films, the Maryland Science Center and Stardust Blue, in association with the American Museum of Natural History. The film is written and directed by two veteran filmmakers, Academy Award-nominated Bayley Silleck and Emmy Award-winning David Clark, with cinematography by Bill Reeve. Dinosaur animation was created by DamnFX, whose artists have previously created dinosaurs for Discovery Channel specials. Major funding was provided by the National Science Foundation with additional support from the Museum Film Network, and the 3D Film Interest Group.


The Tennessee Aquarium inspires wonder and appreciation for the natural world. Admission is $17.95 per adult and $9.50 per child, ages 3-12. Each ticket purchased helps support Aquarium conservation programs. The IMAX® 3D Theater is next door to the Aquarium. Ticket prices are $7.95 per adult and $5.50 per child. Aquarium/IMAX combo tickets are $21.95 for adults and $12.50 for children. Advance tickets may be purchased online at or by phone at 1-800-262-0695. The Aquarium, located on the banks of the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, is a non-profit organization. Open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Aquarium and IMAX are accessible to people with disabilities. Members enjoy unlimited visits and other benefits. Call 267-FISH to join.

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