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Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

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Approximate Running Time: Available in
40 or 30 minute versions

Produced by: Clark Planetarium
Release Date: January 2007
One of the most popular children’s show has been remade for the full dome environment.Embark on an outstanding adventure as two children spend a night touring the solar system alongside their ship's navigator, an astronomy book. Produced with modern 3-D digital animation and a 5.1 soundtrack with spectacular effects created at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch. The narration track has been edited to take into account the reclassification of Pluto. However, the voices were not re-narrated so we made just a few key changes to the actual recorded soundtrack. We removed all references to Pluto as the “ninth planet” or “smallest planet” or “last planet” but we still call it a “planet.” Our approach is that even though Pluto is now a “dwarf planet” it’s still a planet. We recommend doing the program by having your presenter make a few comments during the introductions to ask questions and explain what’s going on with Pluto and why the show still refers to it as a pla net. Then follow up with some Q&A at the end. This approach has been working extremely well for us, and helps to clarify the issue.