MUNICH, GERMANY, December 6, 2022 — Legend of the Enchanted Reef is now available for IMAX® and Giant Screen Theaters. Museum of Discovery and Science is the site of the IMAX® Laser premiere for the show. Legend of the Enchanted Reef will premiere on Saturday, December 17, 2022, in the AutoNation® IMAX® Theater.
Legend of the Enchanted Reef tells the heartfelt story of three friends on the ocean adventure of a lifetime. When their reef home is destroyed, a trio of brave fish set out on a quest to find the “Enchanted Reef” — a legendary pristine haven under the sea. This charming show, directed and written by Peter Popp and produced by Softmachine Immersive Productions, will delight and entertain the entire family while raising awareness about the need for marine conservation.
“We are inviting families to dive deep into underwater life with Legend of the Enchanted Reef and learn about saving our oceans through a heartwarming story,” said Joseph P. Cox, president and CEO of MODS. “At MODS, our mission is connecting people to inspiring science — above and below the sea! Be enchanted by this giant ocean adventure on the largest screen in south Florida — only at the Museum.”
More than 20 Fulldome Theaters have opened the show in eight countries, including Planetarium Hamburg and Experimenta in Germany and Louisiana Art & Science Museum and Union Station Kansas City in the United States. Legend of the Enchanted Reef is a prequel to the highly successful Kaluoka’hina: The Enchanted Reef, which has been seen by more than five million people in 250 planetariums and theaters all over the world.
Legend of the Enchanted Reef is an award-winning show. It was awarded the highest honor, the White Elephant for Best Children’s Film, at the Munich International Film Festival 2022 and Best Feature Film at the Best of Earth 2021 Fulldome Competition, Best Narrative Film at the 2021 Dome Fest West Film Festival and Best Animated Fulldome Film at Fulldome Festival Minsk in 2021. The Best of Earth jury noted that the show: “… is captivating in its message, which is not directed solely at children as an audience, but it encourages families to engage with the topic of climate change and sustainability.” They also lauded Legend of the Enchanted Reef for setting standards with the narrative, characters and animations.
Legend of the Enchanted Reef is full of charm, humor and imagination that will appeal to all ages. Energetic Shorty, intelligent Indigo and Jake, the daring sawfish, live in a colorful coral reef community. The three friends are enjoying a fun day in their neighborhood when suddenly a fishing trawler devastates their home. Faced with a devastated reef, the trio has no choice but to set out on a quest to find a new place to live.
As they search the sea for a legendary reef, the friends encounter a variety of intriguing environments, from kelp forests to sunken wrecks—and even outer space! Their unforgettable journey brings them face-to-face with an octopus, dolphins, anglerfish and other exotic creatures. Throughout their adventure, they must avoid hungry sharks, hazardous pollution and other dangers, as they seek a reef that may be a myth.
Combining entertainment with educational elements, this timeless show conveys a clear message about the impact of pollution on our oceans. The endearing story of Legend of the Enchanted Reef highlights the importance of friendship and everyone’s desire to find a safe place to call home.
Legend of the Enchanted Reef was produced by Peter Popp and co-produced by GEFA & Softmachine, Softmachine Immersive Productions, Experimenta Science Center, PiXABLE STUDIOS and GOTO INC. Financial support was provided by Deutscher Filmförderfonds, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern and Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung. The show is distributed by Reef Distribution.
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Reef Distribution is an expert in the distribution and marketing of immersive edutainment that leaves a positive impact on the audience. Founded in 2003 by Dr. Peter Popp, Reef provides excellent marketing tools and delivers high-quality content for 360° fulldome and Giant Screen Theaters located in science centers, museums and planetariums worldwide. Reef’s mission is to raise awareness for the delicate balance between nature and humanity, while helping expand horizons through engaging science-based edutainment films, shows and experiences. Learn more at Reef-Distribution.com.
Softmachine Immersive Productions
Softmachine Immersive Productions is an award-winning, trendsetting animation studio for 360° fulldome content, with more than 20 years of expertise and experience in immersive storytelling. Founded in 2001 by Dr. Peter Popp, Softmachine is a group of skilled, creative individuals with backgrounds in film production and 3D animation.
Softmachine produces premium immersive content in 2D and 3D for planetariums, science centers and attractions. Softmachine is the leader in the artistic and creative process of filmmaking, with a mastery of storytelling, editing, camera, sound and music. Learn more at softmachine.de.