"T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous" will come roaring into Norwalk May 27.
The fictional film is part of a "Dinosaur Summer" triple play at The Maritime Aquarium between June 18 and Labor Day. In June visitors also will be able to tour a new exhibit of life-size robotic dinosaurs and strap in to the simulator ride-film "Dino Island II 3-D."
From May 27 through Labor Day, "T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous" will play at noon daily.
Through the magic of special effects, "T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous" brings dinosaurs to life with groundbreaking detail, unparalleled realism and the awesome size.
The movie follows Ally Hayden (Liz Stauber), a curious 16-year-old girl whose father is a paleontologist. One night in the museum where he works, Ally has an accident that causes her present world to meld with the past. She encounters famous dinosaur "bone-hunters" and illustrators from the early 1900s, as well as several living species, including Ornithomimus, Pteranodon and a 15-ton mamma T-rex.
This ambitious Imax Corp. production also stars Peter Horton (TV's "thirtysomething").
Tickets for the movie are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors 65 and over, and $6.50 for children ages 2 to 12. Maritime Aquarium members receive $2 discounts. To include Aquarium admission, tickets are $19.45 for adults, $17.95 for seniors and $14.45 for children.
Also playing daily on the Imax screen beginning May 27 is "Born to Be Wild" (at 1 & 3 p.m., with an extra show at 4 p.m. in July and August) and "Dolphins" (at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.).
"Dolphins" is narrated by actor Pierce Brosnan and features music by Sting.
"Dolphins" goes beyond the romanticized images of water-park performances and TV's "Flipper" to show how scientists are slowly gaining an understanding into these creatures' complex world.
Dr. Kathleen Dudzinski, a native of Meriden, is the lead scientist featured in "Dolphins," with the filmmakers documenting her unique way of studying dolphin communication.
Using an underwater video/audio array that she designed, Dudzinski has recorded the clicks, whistles and other sounds made by hundreds of dolphins off the Bahamas and Japan. Back in the lab, she is able to study the tapes to determine which dolphin is vocalizing and how the others react to those sounds.
"Dolphins" introduces audiences to other scientists as well, including Dudzinski's mentor, Dr. Bernd Wursig, and their research into dolphin behavior and physiology.
And the film explores the special and stirring human-dolphin bond between naturalist Dean Bernal and JoJo, a rare lone dolphin in the Turks & Caicos Islands.
For information about the aquarium's IMAX movies, exhibits and other offerings, call (203) 852-0700 or go online to www.MaritimeAquarium.org.