Bugs! (IMAX 3D)

Theatrical Release: July 25, 2003
DVD Release: December 11, 2007
Bugs! (IMAX 3D)


Highlighting the extraordinary world of insects, “Bugs!” focuses on the life cycles of a praying mantis and a butterfly from their birth to their inevitable demise in the tropical rain forests of Southeast Asia. More than 40 tropical insects are featured, captured in minute detail for the first time in 3D Large Format. See a caterpillar hatch from a single tiny egg to metamorphose into a butterfly, and watch as a praying mantis snaps up a fly for its dinner.

Dove Review

For someone who is not a big fan of the insect world, delving into the world of “Bugs!” was quite an enjoyable experience. This film was shown in the IMAX format enhanced with 3D technology. This of course increased the “cool!” factor as well as the “eeew!” factor. The serene voice of Dame Judi Dench takes us into the middle of a tropical rain forest and introduces us to two main characters – Papillio, a caterpillar, and Herodula, a praying mantis. We view the entire life cycle of these two insects and meet a few others along the way. I must warn the viewer that unlike an insect hiding from an enemy, the natural course of life is not camouflaged. We see insects being eaten for food, mating, and eventually dying. In my opinion, this may be more disturbing to young children because these are not just two of the billion insects on earth; we get to know these characters by name.

“Bugs!” is approved by Dove for family viewing and would make a perfect teaching companion, especially when discussing the life cycle of a butterfly.

Content Description

Sex: Two butterflies and two praying mantises shown mating.
Language: None
Violence: Two beetles engage in a fight to win a female; tarantula traps an insect to eat; praying mantis graphically eats a fly; praying mantis attacks and eats a butterfly.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: WGBH Giant-Screen Films
Writer: Abby Aron and Mike Slee
Director: Mike Slee
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 40 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Starring: Judi Dench
Reviewer: Julie Kemme