San Diego, CA—The latest documentary adventure from IMAX® tells a heartwarming story about introducing captive-born giant pandas into the wild. Narrated by Kristen Bell (Frozen, TV's "The Good Place"), Pandas opens in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater at the Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park on April 6, 2018.

Pandas takes audiences on an exciting and educational journey for the entire family, with a species loved the world over: giant pandas. At the Chengdu Panda Base in China, scientists are taking the captive-breeding program to the next level and preparing captive-born cubs for the wild. This film follows a researcher from the Chengdu Panda Base, whose passion leads her to initiate a new technique to prepare the giant pandas for the life they were born to have.    What starts as a cross-cultural collaboration becomes a life-changing journey for one special panda named Qian Qian. Captured with IMAX cameras, Pandas follows Qian Qian on an exciting new adventure into the mountains of Sichuan as she experiences nature for the first time and discovers her wild side.   "I am thrilled to team up with IMAX and Warner Bros. Pictures to help tell this incredible story in the larger-than-life IMAX format," said Kristen Bell. "Pandas not only spotlights the important work being done to protect these beloved and ridiculously cute animals, but it provides us with inspiration and hope and showcases the great things we can achieve when we work together."   Pandas is directed by the filmmakers behind Born to be Wild and Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, David Douglas and Drew Fellman.   "We're very excited to show Pandas here on the Giant Dome screen," said Steve Snyder, CEO of the Fleet Science Center. "Giant pandas are amazing creatures, and this film explores how conservation and ecology are relevant to science learning today."   Pandas opens at the Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park on Friday, April 6, 2018, with multiple shows daily. The documentary is rated G. For more information on Pandas, including show times, please visit:   For the new trailer, downloadable photos and general press information,please visit   IMAX Entertainment presents, in association with IMAX Documentary Films Capital, Jin Yi Culture Investment (HK) and Panda Productions, Pandas. This film, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX, to be released in select IMAX theaters starting April 6, 2018.  ###   Pandas is available for public screenings, school and group reservations or private screenings. For school or group reservations, please contact the Client Services Department at (619) 238-1233 ext. 806 or   If you would like to arrange a private screening of the film, please contact the Special Events Department at (619) 685-5729 or    Tickets for public screenings are on sale at the Fleet's ticket counter and at Discounted tickets are available to the military and their family members at local military ticket offices.   # # #   To schedule a media preview of Pandas, please contact Fleet Science Center Communications Manager Karla Nafarrate at 619-685-5743 or    # # #   FOR MEDIA ONLY: You're Invited to the Advance Screening! Members of the media are invited to join us for our advance screening party for Pandas on Thursday, March 29, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Enjoy a reception from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., with the film screening at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served during the reception.   If you and a guest would like to attend the advance screening party for Pandas, please RSVP via the Eventbrite link below.