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Pandas are beloved around the world, and now they are coming to the big screen in the IMAX® original film PANDAS, a breathtaking documentary adventure and amazing experience for the whole family.

At Chengdu Panda Base in China, scientists are dedicated to protecting the species by breeding adult Giant Pandas in order to introduce cubs into the wild. This film follows one such researcher, whose passion leads her to initiate a new technique inspired by a black bear program in rural New Hampshire. What starts as a cross-culture collaboration becomes a life-changing journey for an American biologist who crosses an ocean to join her; a scientist from Inner Mongolia; and a very curious female cub named Qian Qian, born in captivity.

Join Qian Qian on an exciting new adventure in the mountains of Sichuan as she takes her first steps outside her protected habitat, discovering her true animal nature…even as she faces the challenges of the unknown.

Rated GFE (Great Family Entertainment)
Narrated by Kristen Bell

A Review by The Hollywood Reporter

What critics are saying…

“Inspiring the next crop of biologists and conservationists” -Kristen Bell, narrator

“A giant dose of cuteness” – USA Today

“A happy, feel-good story” – Common Sense Media

“Pandas” is about as perfect as IMAX nature documentaries can get” – Seattle Times

“A touching and intriguing film to be enjoyed by both adults and kids alike” – Press of Atlantic City

“Cuteness factor that is off the charts.” – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Science & Nature

Incorporates science and scientific discovery into an understanding of the natural world.


Contributes to an awareness of timely and relevant environmental or conservation challenges facing the natural world.


Explores animal behavior and/or tells the story of a unique habitat or ecosystem.

People & Nature

Explores the relationship between humans and animals or the environment.

closed-captioning Closed captioning is available for this film. Please let Museum staff know if you need closed captions.

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