Under The Sea 3D Splashes Into Chattanooga On Feb. 13

Monday, February 2, 2009 - by Thom L. Benson

The giant screen at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Theater will fill with some of the most colorful and unusual marine life ever seen in 3D on Friday, Feb. 13 with the debut of Under the Sea 3D.

Audiences will plunge into the crystal clear domains of a rich collection of underwater dwellers, including the leafy sea dragon, flamboyant cuttlefish, playful sea lions and fierce looking great white sharks.

Under the Sea 3D, a new IMAX 3D adventure, transports moviegoers to some of the most exotic and isolated undersea locations on Earth, including South Australia, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Coral Triangle islands of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, allowing them to experience face-to-face encounters with some of the most mysterious and stunning creatures of the sea.

It offers a uniquely inspirational and entertaining way to explore the beauty and natural wonder of the oceans, as well as the impact of global climate change upon them. In IMAX 3D, these underwater images will literally leap off the screen and float around the theatre, putting the audience in the movie.

Comic actor Jim Carey lends his talent to this film leading audiences on this magical undersea adventure. "Jim Carrey is a favorite of film audiences everywhere and of every generation, so he is the perfect choice to narrate this undersea adventure for moviegoers of all ages. We are also very proud to be working with IMAX to bring audiences this visually stunning film that reminds us all of the beauty and magic of our oceans, and the importance of preserving them for future generations," said Dan Fellman, president, domestic distribution, Warner Brothers Pictures.

"Part of what our IMAX films are designed to do is create a sense of value for the animals and for the environment," said Director Howard Hall. "We hope people will come to know and love these animals when they experience their world through the extraordinary image quality of IMAX 3D. Most people will not have heard of these creatures."

Before or after experiencing the rarely seen animal behaviors shown in Under the Sea 3D, visitors are urged to experience some of the film's stars and closely related species at the Tennessee Aquarium. Here guests can get up close views of the live action at River Journey and Ocean Journey where the following cast members reside:
- Blue-spotted stingray, Ocean Journey – Shark Island
- Chambered nautilus, Ocean Journey – Boneless Beauties Gallery
- Common cuttlefish, Ocean Journey – Boneless Beauties Gallery
- Clown anemonefish, River Journey – Seahorse Gallery
- Epaulette shark, Ocean Journey – Shark Island
- Giant Pacific octopus, Ocean Journey – Boneless Beauties Gallery
- Green sea turtles, River Journey – Gulf of Mexico Exhibit, Ocean Journey – Secret Reef Exhibit
- Jellyfish, Ocean Journey – Boneless Beauties Gallery
- Leafy sea dragon, River Journey – Seahorse Gallery
- Porcupine fish, River Journey – Gulf of Mexico Exhibit, Ocean Journey – Secret Reef Exhibit
- Spotted moray eel, Ocean Journey – Secret Reef Exhibit
- Green moray eel, River Journey – Gulf of Mexico Exhibit
- Weedy sea dragon, River Journey – Seahorse Gallery

Under the Sea 3D, opens at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater on Friday, Feb. 13. This film has been rated G for general audiences and has a running time of 40 minutes and 45 seconds.

The Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater is located at 201 Chestnut Street in downtown Chattanooga. For information on tickets and show times, please call 800 262-0695 or purchase online at www.tnaqua.org.



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