New IMAX documentary about Lemurs opens at the New England Aquarium

From left: Lemur expert Dr. Patricia Wright, David Douglas, and Drew Fellman visiting the lemur exhibit Thursday at the Franklin Park Zoo.
From left: Lemur expert Dr. Patricia Wright, David Douglas, and Drew Fellman visiting the lemur exhibit Thursday at the Franklin Park Zoo.Aram Boghosian for the boston globe

David Douglas, director of the new documentary “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” says it was a special treat to work on the film, if only because he got to go to the tiny island off the coast of Africa. “It’s like a parallel universe there,” said Douglas. “You’ve never seen so many unfamiliar things.” The IMAX movie, which opened Friday at the New England Aquarium, tells the strangely cinematic story of how, 60 million years ago, lemurs came to live on Madagascar. (Think “Cast Away,” but with adorable, wide-eyed tree-climbers starring instead of Tom Hanks.) At a special Boston screening the other night, Douglas was joined by producer/writer Drew Fellman and Patricia Wright, a research scientist/conservationist who spends half the year observing the comings and goings of the ancient primates. “We’re finally revealing these extraordinary animals to the world,” said Wright. The movie’s other star is Morgan Freeman, who narrates as only he can. “He cares,” said Fellman. “He has a platform and wants to lend his prestige to other life forms on earth.”

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