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‘Pandas’ gets beyond the bear necessities

It used to be that IMAX documentaries were synonymous with thrills, danger, and jaw-dropping landscapes. When did they become so darned cuddly?

It seems that ever since 2011’s “Born to Be Wild 3D,” which raked in more than $30 million by shining a global light on orphaned orangutans and elephants, we’ve seen a steady increase in large-format films that exist to put the most lovable wild animals front and center, in part to save them from extinction. Just last month there was “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar.” And now there is “Pandas: The Journey Home.”

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