'To the Arctic' IMAX movie brings Far North to life in stunning 3D (+VIDEO)

Craig MedredAlaska Dispatch

A new IMAX film eight years in the making brings to life the Arctic world -- it's peoples, animals and environment -- in stunning 3D. The movie is described by The Washington Post as a perfect way "to experience one of the coldest places on Earth in the midst of a steamy summer."

Clearly the story wasn't written for those living in Alaska, Anchorage particularly, where temperatures are well below average and it's generally been a wet, miserable summer thus far, hovering somewhere around 50 degrees.

But that shouldn't deter moviegoers here from seeing "To the Arctic" -- or from recommending it to families and friends Outside.

Here's how the Post describes "To the Arctic:"

The movie charts how the Arctic — which is warming at a rate at least twice as fast as the rest of the globe — is changing and how this shift jeopardizes the species that have survived there for thousands of years.

"To the Arctic" gives viewers a rare chance to see the animals that call this part of the world home. At one point, a Pacific walrus practically leaps out of the screen, shoving its face against an underwater camera.

And for the first time ever, the filmmakers were able to track and film a polar bear family for five straight days, 24 hours a day, while sailing on a special ship known as an icebreaker. 

Here's a preview:

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Read the full story at The Washington Post.