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Film -- 2003
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Time Out London -- Full Page Ad -- October 1st Issue
has been nominated as Best Documentary Film
Bugs! film wins big
PestControl Magazine -- Online Article
TORONTO — Bugs!, an IMAX movie shown from an insect's perspective, won a top award for large-format films at a Los Angeles festival.
The film, narrated by Oscar-winner Dame Judi Dench, is a live-action nature drama exploring the lives of a praying mantis and a butterfly. Shot on location in Borneo jungles, it features close-up action of more than 40 insects.
Bugs!'s Executive Producer Jonathan Barker describes the film as a "journey into the tiny world of bugs on the giant screen."
Steve Good, vice president of sales and marketing for Terminix, the film's presenting sponsor, says Terminix is "proud to be part of a film that offers such tremendous educational and entertainment opportunity."
Bugs! is currently showing at IMAX theaters in Washington, D.C., New Orleans, Seattle, Texas, and in the U.K. It opens for wider release during 2003 and 2004 in large-format theaters worldwide.
Judi Dench Narrates "Bugs!"
The film's often mordantly funny narration was co-written by Slee and Abby Aron. It's read by Dame Judi Dench, whose delivery adds a nice touch of gravitas to the proceedings. "In the rain forest, you're on somebody's menu the moment you hatch," she tells us at one point. Or, at another, "Reproduction is what bugs do best."
Both of the film's principals get
star turns. The praying mantis, the movie's heavy, got the biggest
audience reaction with his lurid fly-eating scene. He bites off a fly's
head -- "these are the best bits, packed with protein," intones Dench --
and the soundtrack fills with crunching noises as he chews, a wing and two
legs sticking out of his mouth. The caterpillar, our doomed heroine, does
her share of eating, too ...
... Judi Dench crisply delivers the slyly humorous narration, the tone of which is just right for a movie titled "Bugs!" and sponsored by Terminix. John Lunn's eclectic music underscores the humor, borrowing from jazz idioms, Asian tonalities and Old West rhythms as befits each scene ...
US Premiere -- March 14, 2003
The Hollywood Reporter
February 12, 2003, Wednesday
Judi Dench will narrate the large-format 3-D feature "Bugs!" which is being distributed to the worldwide networks of Imax and other large-format theaters by SK Films. "Bugs!" directed and co-written by Mike Slee, highlights the extraordinary world of insects, magnified 250,000 times their normal size on the giant screen.
Thanks to Laura D.
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