Review: Butterflies take flight, strikingly, at Clark Planetarium
Review • 3-D technology makes the most of dazzling footage of migrating monarch butterflies in planetarium’s nature film.
Published: February 8, 2013 09:32AM
Updated: February 7, 2013 09:34PM
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Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune A two-tailed swallowtail butterfly sips nectar from Larkspur flowers in a Sugarhouse flower garden Wednesday July 6.

It isn’t often that the word “spectacular” applies to butterflies, but that’s definitely the case on more than one occasion in “Flight of the Butterflies in 3D.”

This 40-minute nature film features some dazzling footage of hundreds of thousands of monarch butterflies massed in Mexico at the end of an incredible migration. It’s the story of the butterflies and the scientist who was obsessed with them — the man whose efforts over four decades unlocked the story of the butterflies and their amazing life cycle.

It’s a film that will capture the interest of kids and their parents, and the 3-D technology is actually put to good use. When you get a look at all those monarchs seemingly flying off the screen, yes, it is spectacular.

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Flight of the Butterflies in 3D

Opens today at the Clark Planetarium, 110 S. 400 West, Salt Lake City; 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. (11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday); 385-468-7827 (STAR); rated G; 40 minutes.