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Join the pack for an immersive IMAX adventure at the Ontario Science Centre with Superpower Dogs

TORONTO (April 10, 2019) – Not all heroes wear capes. Real-life four-legged heroes walk—and bark—among us. Experience the life-saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most remarkable dogs when Superpower Dogs, a new documentary film from IMAX® Entertainment, Cosmic Picture and presenting sponsor Mars Petcare, opens at the Ontario Science Centre on April 12. Narrated by actor Chris Evans (Captain America: The First Avenger, Gifted), the film spotlights six exceptional dogs with jobs across the globe—from Canada to Kenya.

“For the last 10,000 years, humans and dogs have co-evolved to a point where today they are our friends and companions and—as this inspiring film shows—our heroes,” said Maurice Bitran, PhD, CEO and Chief Science Officer, Ontario Science Centre. “We hope Superpower Dogs encourages visitors to learn more about their pets and sparks their curiosity in fields like animal psychology, biology or veterinary science.”

Discover the science behind the amazing abilities of six real-life working dogs from around the world by following them—and their human partners—on the job. The common thread linking these dogs is their remarkable ability to communicate and inspire as well their operational skills and achievements—whether they’re braving earthquakes and avalanches, protecting endangered species such as rhinos and elephants or transforming the lives of people with special needs: 

  • Halo, a rookie puppy training to join one of the most elite disaster response teams in the United States
  • Henry, an avalanche rescue expert saving lives in the mountains of British Columbia
  • Reef, a Newfoundland lifeguard working with the Italian Coast Guard
  • Ricochet, a surf and therapy legend healing people with special needs in California
  • Tipper and Tony, bloodhound brothers leading the fight to save endangered species in Kenya

“We wondered what it would be like to show the world from a dog’s perspective—through their eyes, ears and ‘noses’—and used a specially-designed, doggie-vision camera rig when filming to provide this viewpoint,” said Taran Davies, Producer, Cosmic Picture. “In an up-close-and-personal way, the film celebrates dogs and their interspecies relationship with humans. As our understanding of dogs broadens, we wanted to show how pets improve not only individual lives, but communities as a whole.”

Superpower Dogs was filmed over two and a half years, beginning in January 2016, with the help of more than 500 people, including biologists, cognition specialists, geneticists and researchers, working in Canada, Italy, Kenya, the Netherlands and the United States.

Superpower Dogs is rated G and has a run time of 45 minutes. Tickets are $9. To watch the trailer and to purchase tickets, please visit OntarioScienceCentre.ca. For downloadable photos and general press information, please visit the Ontario Science Centre’s online Media Room.

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