“That dam movie is back” at the California Museum of Science and Industry IMAX Theater in L.A. “Beavers” is a superlative nature docu that will fascinate even those who aren’t usually aficionados of the genre.The 31-minute 1988 pic, which has been one of the theater’s most popular attractions, follows the incredibly industrious exploits of a family of Canadian beavers as they construct their dam and nesting place next to a picturesque pond in Alberta. It’s like a Disney True-Life Adventure writ large. The huge IMAX format not only provides an extremely close-in look at the usually hidden activities of the beavers–including extensive underwater scenes–but underscores the sense of wonder in a subject rife with understated ecological lessons. Writer-director-producer Stephen Low observes his rotund furry creatures without disturbing their utterly natural behavior while making use of a full range of sophisticated camera techniques, including a handheld, ground-level “beaver-cam.” Crisply amplified noises of trees being gnawed and felled add to the pic’s entertainment value.
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