Lars the Little Polar Bear offers a charming story about the adventures of a curious little bear and his friends, and explores the habitats of their real-life counterparts in the Arctic. Lars is the beloved star of a children's book "Little Polar Bear and the Whales" authored by Hans de Beer in 2008. It's the perfect basis for a fulldome show to teach young children about nature, climate change — and a little astronomy.

After the show brings Lars's adventure story to life, it takes on a documentary flair, with a tour of the Arctic. We visit some of the animals who live there, through photographs taken by scientists on polar expeditions.

We learn about how real polar bears live, why they have small ears and tails, what they eat, and how the melting of Arctic sea ice is affecting their habitat.

A short star talk section introduces the Arctic night sky, the constellations Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, as well as Polaris, the North Star, and the star patterns of the Big and Little Dipper.

The Mediendom at Kiel, University of Applied Sciences; "Future Ocean" — Kiel Marine Sciences; and Loch Ness Productions are pleased to present this collaborative fulldome show combining nature and environmental education, a gentle introduction to climate change, and a touch of astronomy — with a targeted demographic of children in Preschool to Grade 2, yet presented in terms that audiences of all ages can easily understand and enjoy.

Lars the Little Polar Bear is a welcome addition to the still-growing collection of child-friendly fulldome content.

Narrated by Mark C. Petersen
Distributed by Loch Ness Productions

More information about this fulldome show, and a playlist viewer for previewing the entire show, can be found on the Loch Ness Productions Website:


Fulldome shows are meant to be projected onto a hemispherical dome surface typically found in planetarium theaters. Viewed on a flat screen, the imagery looks curved or warped at the edges; when projected using fisheye-lens equipment, the images look correct. This HD video was cropped from spherical-mirror warped dome masters to highlight the movie's theater-front sweet spot.

This preview is intended primarily to provide a taste of the show's content to planetarium professionals looking for shows to display in their theaters.

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