Walking With Dinosaurs

If this is how Dinosaurs really acted, than the meteor is a national hero.

If this is how Dinosaurs really acted, than the meteor is a national hero.

Hello, Spongey here.

Well, it’s time to look at something I’ve been meaning to review for a while – dinosaurs. Specifically, a big budget movie based off one of the most popular dinosaur based franchises. Specifically, a really popular – if dated – six part series that spawned continuations in the same prehistoric timeline, similar shows, a bunch of spin-offs and a load of dino nerds complaining about how no documentary has come close to challenging its glory. But will this edition to the franchise live up to the glory of the series that started it? Let’s take a look.

This, is Walking with Dinosaurs

The movie starts with a teenage boy, a girl and their uncle driving to – hang on a minute, humans are in this movie? Since when did the Walking with series need present day humans?

Anyway, their uncle is a palaeontologist and he explains they are going to a fossil site, and he then shows the kids the tooth of a Gorgosaurus, which was a smaller, sleeker relative of Tyrannosaurus that lived a few million years earlier. The girl is in awe, while the boy doesn’t care and acts like dinosaurs are for kids and that we shouldn’t care because they’re extinct and all they left behind were birds.

Well, at least he seems to know that birds are dinosaurs (or at least direct descendants, even though that’s pretty much the same thing as far as science is concerned – okay, I’m getting technical now).

When they arrive, the boy stays behind with the Gorgosaurus tooth while the others go digging for fossils. He is then approached by a talking rook voiced by John Leguizamo. Does this boy freak out? Not at all! He just looks at it like it’s something mundane, even when the bird is making fun of him and expressing how he is offended by his words about his ancestors.

He then transports back in time to Cretaceous Alaska and transforms into Alex the Alexornis, which was a prehistoric bird from… Mexico. Okay, I don’t think there’s any described bird species from this location so they had to borrow from elsewhere, but still.

So Alex starts telling the story of how the fossil tooth came to be, and we get introduced to out protagonist, Patchi the Pachyrhinosaurus. However, when we first see him, we are introduced to his species through a pause, showing the sort of dinosaur, the name’s meaning and what sort of diet they had. If that didn’t take you out of the movie, then the fact that we have a little kid reading it out will.

Hey, isn’t having a kid explain things to the audience kind of going against the whole “dinosaurs can be for everyone and not just kids” thing? I think we know who this movie is meant for, folks.

So we then get to see Patchi introduce himself… hang on, the dinosaurs talk? Okay, Alex is ridiculous too but you could at least make the excuse that he is some weird version of a narrator. But Patchi, seriously? Why does a movie about dinosaurs living like dinosaurs need voices to access audiences? And to make things worse, he’s voiced by the guy who plays Alvin from the live action Alvin and the Chipmunks movies!

I don’t want to compare to the original Walking with Dinosaurs series too much, but all that used was narration, and it was used appropriately. It’s like the studio executives think kids are too stupid to get into anything without talking!

“Executives at 20th Century Fox, one of the film’s main distributors, viewed a rough cut and thought the film needed voiceovers so children in the audience could connect to the characters.”

…and apparently they do.

So Patchi, a newborn Pachyrhinosaurus, explains how he is the underdog and how his life isn’t all that great through annoying narration, and then we get to meet his brother, Scowler, who is basically your stereotypical dumb jock/jerkass brother. And guess what? He talks too!

Unsurprisingly the dialogue sucks, but the big thing is that since the film was conceived without the intention of it being Talking with Dinosaurs (old joke, but it’s a funny old joke, don’t judge!), the dialogue doesn’t add anything to the visuals except for being annoying. Since it was also a last minute decision from Fox, there’s no lip-syncing, so it feels more like you’re watching a bad parody of the movie on YouTube rather than the actual movie itself.

When Patchi tries to find a way to get to the food provided by his mother – which the characters also make a big deal about it being vomit, which is a really human centric point of view by the way – he gets attacked by a Troodon (which gets pronounced without an extra O sound in the middle), a smallish birdlike dinosaur. Of course, along with Alexornis, this dinosaur gets a description read out by a little kid too. At least it’s mostly feathered though, except for the face. Jurassic World should take notes from you on how to design dinosaurs!

Oh, ahem, so of course Patchi survives the incident, but the attack leaves a hole in his head. This sends him on a little adventure followed by Alex, where he gets pooped on by an ankylosaur, which is an armoured dinosaur. Apparently it’s supposed to be based off Edmontonia, an ankylosaur from Alberta, Canada, but I’m pretty sure there’s evidence of a species of it from Alaska as well.

Anyway, we get a kid explaining this as well, though as you can probably tell they only identify it as an “ankylosaur,” which is weird.

After more stupid dialogue and exploration, Patchi arrives at a lake and is amazed at the sight of everything. You’d think they would let the audience soak the moment in, but of course, Alex has to make a remark on how that you shouldn’t get too excited because this is going to become a future oil field. So to add yet another reason for why the dialogue was a bad idea, we now have characters ruining the mood of scenes.

Patchi also encounters some Hesperonychus, which are basically a kind of dromaeosaur, the sort of dinosaur that Velociraptor is. They don’t do much besides briefly trying to attack Patchi, but they’re worth noting because they’re actually anachronistic – not only did they live in Alberta, but they lived several million years earlier then what’s shown here.

It’s also a shame because there were other dromaeosaurs that actually lived at this time, too. Like Troodon they’re mostly feathered properly except for the face, too. We also get to see the ONLY dinosaur in the film without an explanation attached to it – Parksosaurus, a small sleek herbivore, which apparently isn’t worth anyone’s time because it isn’t big, carnivorous or has anything fancy to show off – and the mammal Alphadon, which does get an introduction despite Patchi encountering it earlier, though I guess they didn’t want to crowd too many identifications at the start.

So after a little while, we get… a pop song. Pop music, in a Walking with Dinosaurs film? Don’t tell me this was Fox’s idea too!

Anyway, our next big scene is Patchi exploring again only for him to meet Juniper, voiced by Tiya Sircar, aka… Mishti from Phineas and Ferb, apparently. And guess what? She’s Patchi’s love interest! The scene where they meet is so clichéd, with your typical “she’s beautiful,” slow motion, awkward hellos and “I have to go nows.” All the dialogue does is amplify it. Oh, and when she leaves, we get this from Patchi after Juniper comments on the hole in his frill.

“She likes me! And she likes my hole.”

Before Juniper leaves though, she tells Patchi to meet him at the same spot they met each other at. Patchi does that, but she isn’t there. He keeps doing it in the exact same way he did the first time, since apparently recycling footage isn’t an issue, and Alex continues to narrate the scene in a “poetic” way. Alex then tells Patchi that she left to migrate with her herd because of the coming Winter, but also that he knew for five days without telling Patchi. As if we don’t need more reasons to hate Alex, we now have pointless jerkassery.

Since Patchi obviously wouldn’t want to leave Juniper, he joins his own herd and they soon head south. This leads to more annoying banter between him and Scowler, who pretty much insults his brother at every chance he gets, including making fun of him for liking Juniper. Alex then talks about how the “scary part” of the story is coming up, because apparently we need to know when something is scary to find it to be that.

Basically the so-called “scary part” is that a forest fire that starts, which ends up leaving Patchi and Scowler separated from their herd. Of course, Alex has to ruin the scene by making a remark about how we humans think we discovered fire when it’s been around for millions of years, which is dumb anyway because by “discovering” fire we mean learning how to use and control it. Just another one of Alex’s “witty” lines, folks.

Patchi and Scowler are then forced to hide from a Gorgosaurus – another animal that’s anachronistic, unless some undescribed remains mean anything, which actually sucks in hindsight because a few months after the film was released an actual tyrannosaur from Alaska called Nanuqsaurus was discovered and named. What also sucks in hindsight is that there was also a discovery of a tyrannosaur from China that was covered in feathers, which unfortunately couldn’t be added to the Gorgosaurus model because the discovery came too late for it to update the model.

Anyway, Patchi’s father comes in to save the two dinosaurs – or just Scowler according to himself, since of course he’s a jerk to his brother – and gets killed by the Gorgosaurus. Scowler, along with some A+ screams for his dad, doesn’t believe that this happens, but of course he faces the truth and he and Patchi eventually return to their herd.

Patchi eventually gets to meet up with Juniper, but not before the hole in his frill starts making annoying whistling noises. Juniper asks what he’s doing, and he replies that he’s whistling out of his whole. Gosh dang it movie, that earlier line about his hole completely ruined my perception of any future hole lines! And of course, since Juniper is the love interest, she likes the noises. Totally original.

We are soon properly introduced to the pterosaurs after a bad “comedic” moment with them, which like Alphadon are introduced earlier in the movie but get identification later. They’re also not dinosaurs, but a group of closely related reptiles, though for some reason the movie decided to identify them at the broadest level possible and not actually call them by their familial name, azhdarchids. It would be like Pachyrhinosaurus being the only dinosaur in the film and just calling them “dinosaurs” instead of anything more specific. Then again, pterosaur is probably easier to remember and the pronunciation of azhdarchid in the promos for the film was awful – it didn’t emphasise the middle syllable, which would make it “az-DAR-kid,” but instead came across more like “AZ-dur-kid.” Specifically they’re based off Quetzalcoatlus, one of the largest pterosaurs that ever lived which lived in Texas but remains of animals that were their size have been found in other places, plus they could fly so it’s not as big of a stretch as some of the other animals.

After more ridiculous pedantry on my part, we get the pterosaurs fishing – oh great, outdated animal stereotypes! Pterosaurs as a whole have always been portrayed as fish eaters, even though there were hundreds of species that all lead different lifestyles, not to mention the methods shown would’ve been suicidal for many species. Azhdarchids in particular were more like storks, in the sense that they hunted terrestrially and ate any animal that was small enough for them to swallow.

…ANYWAY, Alex decided to say more dumb stuff about how pterosaurs have no natural predators, which is complete bogus purely to set up a punchline of a Gorgosaurus taking one down mid-air. Speaking of Gorgosaurus, we might have what very well may be the worst scene in the entire movie – an extended bio.

Of course Gorgosaurus gets introduced by some kid, but for some reason – maybe because the carnivores are supposedly the most “interesting” or something – Alex decides to elaborate on it and go into detail about it. This scene comes completely out of nowhere, and there are no more like it after this. Some facts about it are given, which as far as I can tell aren’t wrong, but the presentation is awful. Not only do we get typical Alex dialogue, but we also get cartoony sound effects, sparkling teeth and… tiny arms.

Basically, Alex cannot stop laughing at the tiny arms of the Gorgosaurus, saying stuff like that he can’t take it seriously because of them and that they’re “little baby arms” and that they’re “so cute.” One might wonder why this gets me more than some of the other stuff Alex says, but the core issue is that the joke is really anthropocentric – like a lot of the other things said in the film – and that if Alex behaved like a normal bird, he wouldn’t care because he doesn’t have arms to compare the Gorgosaurus’ to. Jokes about tiny tyrannosaur arms suck anyway, since not only are they done to death, it also doesn’t matter in the first place because they have huge heads with some of the most powerful bite forces of any terrestrial animals that ever lived, which meant that having tiny arms wasn’t a big deal and using just your head is fine for attacking. Alex’s emphasis on making them funny and silly just makes it worse. Oh, and did you know that the social media campaign for the movie actually wanted to get #tinyarms trending on Twitter? We could’ve gotten an incredibly unfunny joke spread around by people with unoriginal tastes in humour, but thankfully it went nowhere as far as I know so that’s something.

The next scene is all of the juvenile Pachyrhinosaurus still in the herd, only for not just one, but an entire pack of Gorgosaurus attacking them so they can pick out the young and weak, much like real predators do today. Of course, this scene gets ruined by the talking, with Alex throwing in random Spanish phrases and the young Pachyrhinosaurus talking about fear, which then ends up becoming a euphemism for farting and poop. I know those are natural bodily functions, but they don’t even appear here so it’s just more toiler humor for the sake of toiler humor.

Oh and OF COURSE, Juniper, being the girl and love interest, falls into the river behind them and Patchi goes to save her. This ends up with another stupid scene with Patchi and Alex arguing about how Patchi “dived” into the river, complete with a rewind to show what happened. Another scene that comes out of nowhere and has none of its kind later. Great.

Anyway, Scowler also ends up in the river and the three Pachyrhinosaurus end up on a beach. Scowler goes ahead without them because he’s a jerk, leaving behind Patchi and Juniper, with Alex tagging along of course. They decide to follow a herd of Edmontosaurus, large duck-billed herbivores since they are probably going to lead them to a food supply.

“If you want to know where the food is, follow the fat guys!”

Making fun of fat people are we, Alex? Also… is this why the ankylosaur wasn’t identified as Edmontonia? Because apparently it and Edmontosaurus would be confused too easily? Okay, they are pretty similar names, but still.

Soon however the two Pachyrhinosaurus are then attacked by crabs because Juniper injured her foot and needed to rest. This leads to more stupid lines, including Alex “dancing” while mentioning Spanish dances, or at least ones from Spanish speaking countries, because HEY DID YOU KNOW THAT ALEX IS HISPANIC? So this means we have “ethnic stereotyping” to add to the reasons why Alex sucks? Oh, and of course we get stupid puns.

“Holy crab!”

Eventually some pterosaurs show up and start feasting on the crabs – at least they broke that outdated “fishing bird” stereotype – and Patchi and Juniper head into a forest, where they get annoyed by an Alphadon and make a “witty” remark about how mammals will go extinct one day and that dinosaurs will still be around. They even mention being stealthy like ninjas, which makes no sense. They then get attacked by a bunch of Chirostenotes, another birdlike dinosaur except it’s larger than Troodon and has a beak and bony crest. Not only is this another anachronistic dinosaur that has a similar species from this time, Epichirostenotes (even if it lived in Alberta and not Alaska) – but we also get the silly name “skinny neck pecky thing” because Patchi hates big words. That isn’t before making clumsy attempts to say the name though, like “Chirostenachos” – yay for more anthropocentric humor!

After managing to scare them away, since it’s now Winter Patchi and Juniper take a look at the northern lights, or aurora borealis if you want to be technical. Not only do we get cliché “it’s beautiful” lines, but Patchi also makes a drug reference by stating that he thought the aurora was from a rancid pinecone he ate. Oh, and we also get ANOTHER pop song.

During this song, Patchi and Juniper reunite with Scowler – who is still a jerk – and the rest of the herd. We get a montage of the Pachyrhinosaurus doing stuff in the newly formed snow, including a stupid moment where Patchi calls fish “swimmy things.” I will give this scene props for showing that sometimes generally herbivorous animals will be okay with eating animals sometimes though – there’s all sorts of videos of this happening online, for example deer eating birds. Special props for showing a ceratopsian (if you couldn’t tell already, Pachyrhinosaurus is in the same family as Triceratops) doing it though, given that there is speculation that they may have been omnivores. Whether that was intentional or not is a different matter though, so I could be praising something completely unintentional.

We then get a montage of several different migrations and Patchi growing up. Of course, Alex butts in and says that he gets bored of the dinosaurs always migrating in the same direction, which is a stupid attempt at humor since he obviously doesn’t get how migration works, and he then talks about how Patchi’s hole is now “filled with greatness.” Yeah, not only do we get more accidental innuendo, but what Alex means is that he can now fit into it and stay there. Interesting idea from a creative standpoint, but Alex being an egotistical asshole pretty much ruins the scene.

So now Patchi and the others have grown up, and now the males of the herd are challenging its leader for dominance. Patchi complains about how the males just lose their minds and how “it’s so prehistoric” – good on you for making another “witty” joke, movie – and Alex gives more of his “poetic” narration. Excuse the amount of quotation marks I have to use, but it fits what the movie is doing perfectly. I mean, it’s a “Walking with Dinosaurs” movie, right?

Anyway Scowler challenges the herd leader and wins, which unsurprisingly immediately gets to his head. He starts putting down Patchi even more, separates Juniper from him and starts giving everyone stupid rules like to never question or contradict him. Patchi is reassured that everything will be alright, even if it means another cringe worthy palaeontology joke.

“Don’t worry Patchi, it’s not the end of the world. That won’t come for a couple of years.”

Yeah, more like 4 million years, Alex. Get your timing right!

We then are shown another migration, where Scowler in his arrogance decides to lead the herd onto a frozen lake, which then starts to break. Patchi, realizing that if the herd continues to follow Scowler, they will get themselves killed and thus decides to lead the herd back to shore. Of course this angers Scowler, who stays on the other side of the lake with a few others because he cares about his own ego more than the lives of the rest of the herd. Patchi is also able to knock down trees through sheer force, which I’m not sure is possible, but it seems like something the filmmakers would probably research.

Scowler being a doofus and tree knocking logic aside… this actually isn’t too bad of a scene. The dialogue doesn’t have any stupid jokes that plagued the rest of the movie, and if it wasn’t there at all this could’ve been great.

Scowler then meets up with Patchi afterwards, obviously furious about what happened, and goads Patchi into fighting him. Patchi naturally falls for it since he doesn’t want to lose Juniper. Like the previous scene, this is actually decent – the dialogue even seems to be reduced in some parts, and if it wasn’t there at all it could’ve been great. Since Patchi is weaker than his brother, he loses and becomes trapped under a fallen tree. Scowler orders everyone to leave, and even stopped Juniper from helping him, saying “I don’t have a brother.”

Ouch. That’s pretty much the line you can summaries his characterization in, people.

Unfortunately the movie’s newfound watchability comes to an end, since we’re back to in your face clichés amplified by the dialogue. Patchi has a heroic blue screen of death, and Alex has to encourage him to get back up because various animals have sought an opportunity for an easy meal to eat him while he’s helpless. Hang on… some of the scavengers are azhdarchid pterosaurs… great, more outdated stereotypes that I’m not even sure were physically possible for the animal! Why can’t they just be portrayed as the giant giraffe storks that they are?

Anyway, along with being bitten by scavengers, the thought of Juniper – complete with a flashback of when he first met her – gets him up. The power of love, folks! Patchi then goes to his old self – saying stupid dialogue like “scram, punks!”

Oh, and don’t forget the skinny neck pecky things! That was such a blast to hear again, right?

So Patchi manages to return to the herd, only to realise that Scowler made an error in judgement yet again and has led them into the same place where the Gorgosaurus pack attacked them earlier in the movie. Of course, they get attacked yet again, and Scowler fends them off, only to be overwhelmed. Patchi decides to risk his life to save him against Scowler’s wishes.

This leads into a big fight where Patchi, Juniper and the rest of the herd get into a big battle with the Gorgosaurus, and of course they win. Not only win, but win with no casualties whatsoever! Scowler doesn’t even show any wounds – hey, come to think of it, there’s next to no blood or graphic injuries in the movie, unless you count the hole in Patchi’s frill. Maybe another way to appeal to kids? Of course a movie with dinosaurs doesn’t HAVE to be filled with blood and gore everywhere, but completely avoiding it with scenes like this is pretty jarring when you have a dinosaur like Scowler that was brutally attacked.

Oh, and of course we had to get another mention of the Gorgosaurus’ arms during the fight. Speaking of Gorgosaurus, Patchi hits one in the face, which sends teeth flying out of its mouth. It’s also in slow motion to emphasis that it is the tooth that the people in the beginning had.

After the fight, we get the typical apology from Scowler and Patchi forgiving him, as well as him getting back with Juniper. They then decide to talk about the future, the Cenozoic era – no, that’s just another cheap palaeontology joke they make, but what they really mean is having kids.

We then flash forward to see Patchi and Juniper with their nest of eggs, which Patchi is impatient for them to hatch. He doesn’t have to wait much longer though, since they do, and of course Alex shows up for the occasion. The bad dialogue isn’t forgotten though, since they say some more stupid stuff, including Alex suggesting that they name one of their hatchlings after him like the egotistical jerk he is. Oh, and pop music once again!

We then return to the present, where the boy is not traumatized that a shapeshifting time travelling prehistoric bird showed him the past against his will or even in absolute awe that he even got to see such a thing, but merely enthusiastic about dinosaurs again. He then goes to meet back up with the rest of his family and brings the Gorgosaurus tooth, only to see that they manage to discover more of it. Nevermind the fact that such a complete and perfectly preserved fossil is incredibly unrealistic and is just there as a plot point, but they also fit the tooth in its jaw perfectly. I guess this means that Gorgosaurus died soon after the fight, and that it conveniently died in the same place its tooth was buried?

After that, Alex finishes the movie, only to have a random Gorgosaurus smash through the screen and roar, presumably for the sake of 3D effects. Hey, remember when everyone used to always complain about 3D movies?

Anyway, Alex mentions he forgot that part like the jerk he is, and then the movie ends for real, with the credits rolling with pop music – yeah, what else? At least the credits showcase the art of Luis V. Rey, one of the most renowned and respected dinosaur artists from today.

Final Thoughts:

This movie as a whole is pretty bad. However, there is good stuff in it.

First of all, the CGI is mostly well done. The animals manage to fit in well with the real filmed environments they get put in. Unlike the original Walking with Dinosaurs series, no animatronics seem to have been used, but the animals do look quite realistic in most shots. My only real issue in this regard is that the Alphadon didn’t always look too realistic, and some of the eyes made the dinosaurs look too anthropomorphised.

I also have to give the film props for being scientifically accurate for the most part. If there’s one thing it actually does better than the original series it was based on, it’s this. While there are some anachronisms and animal misplacements, as well as some anatomy issues here and there (in particular with Gorgosaurus and its lack of feathers), the original Walking with Dinosaurs too way bigger liberties and made much bigger mistakes. Making a seven metre long marine reptile as large as some of the largest whales alive today based on the vaguest evidence? Come on!

What the original series does far better though is…everything else. Everyone who has seen this movie probably will agree that the biggest problem is the added dialogue. While the original series merely had Kenneth Branagh narrating and letting the visuals do the majority of the work, it’s obvious that this film was conceived without the intention of having any, which it was. But of course, those studio executives at Fox decided that the characters needed to talk extremely late in production because apparently kids are morons, so we got three talking Pachyrhinosaurus and one talking Alexornis who would narrate the movie.

This presents many problems, the biggest of which is that it’s completely unnecessary. The film was made so that the visuals alone would be able to tell the story, and the added dialogue doesn’t do anything but state exactly what is happening on screen. This becomes worse when the added voices are incredibly grating and often unbearable to watch. The characters say the silliest and most pointless things, often thinking that they witty and funny when they really aren’t, not to mention that several potentially good scenes had their mood ruined by its edition. Alex and Scowler are particularly insufferable – both are massive jerks, the former has bad narration, unfunny lines and even a few cases of ethnic stereotyping, and the latter is really dumb to the point of being facepalm worthy. Patchi and Juniper aren’t as bad, but they’re still both incredibly irritating.

What’s a shame is that this isn’t even the first movie that has suffered this fate – Disney’s Dinosaur was originally planned to have no dialogue, but executive meddling made it so that the filmmakers would include it. The fact that people don’t seem to think that people can watch a dinosaur movie without any talking really is a shame.

The story has also been done before – Disney’s Dinosaur had a sort of similar plot about migrating dinosaurs escaping danger, but March of the Dinosaurs has had that plot done, and while it wasn’t anything spectacular all it had was Stephen Fry’s narration and no annoying dialogue, and was somewhat decent. The characters are also pretty simplistic – we have the underdog, the bully big brother, the love interest and the annoying sidekick/narrator. Even without the dialogue they may still have been slightly anthropomorphised to add to the story, but even still they would’ve been pretty simple, though it would feel more natural and less annoying without the dialogue.

The music is yet another thing the original series did better – it suited the mood of what story they were telling, and was actually pretty powerful in some parts. Some of the score here is good enough, but a lot of it does feel kind of awkward, which makes me wonder if some of the unnecessary silliness would still have been in the film even if there wasn’t dialogue. Oh, and of course, there’s the use of pop music – I could sort of picture it being used in advertising or something, but it really feels out of place in the movie. A movie about dinosaurs doing dinosaur things and pop music don’t exactly mash well in my eyes.

The present day segments aren’t too good either – the narrative here is as clichéd as Patchi’s, with the whole boy who has grown out of dinosaurs and whatnot and his family who are interested in the whole thing. In the original Walking with Dinosaurs, all the present was for was to set a starting ground, and to have a final moment showing that dinosaurs still live on as birds. The film does kind of do these, but the uninteresting side story about the boy doesn’t really add anything. I’m also curious as to whether these were a fairly late edition or something planned from the start.

The stuff about how you are never too old for dinosaurs also clashes with how the film treats its audience, with adding the voiceovers because executives think kids aren’t able to connect with non-verbal animals and the edition of having little kids spell out the names of the animals. Having one of your main messages conflicting with how you treat your audience doesn’t exactly work well.

Some scenes like the fight between Patchi and Scowler weren’t as bad as the rest, everything is mostly scientifically accurate and the visuals were mostly good, but overall this moviewas not good. The fact that studio executives underestimated their target audience is the main factor, which of course led to stuff like the pointless dialogue. There are other parts of the movie that I’m not sure about how they would fare without it though, for example the cliché story.

There is a cut out on the #D Blu-Ray that doesn’t have the dialogue in it, so I’m curious to see how different that would be compared to what we got and how much stuff from the final that was left in. So yeah, besides a few good things, not much here to like. If you haven’t seen it check out the original Walking with Dinosaurs instead of this, even if it’s pretty dated by now. It’s basically a mockumentary almost similar to something by David Attenborough, and the stories told are way better even with the animals acting normally. If you have to see this then try to find the version without dialogue, since I’m sure it will be at least somewhat better and much closer to the original vision of the film.

Grade: D

One and one last thing…



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One Response to Walking With Dinosaurs

  1. Tyrannotitan says:

    Just in case anyone reading this doesn’t get what the April Fools actually is, it’s the fact that I wrote it and Spongey didn’t. We actually had this idea for a while since I’m a dinosaur enthusiast, but my procrastination kind of let the idea sit around for a while and it turned into an April Fools review. I don’t know how many people read the comments, but I thought I might add this just in case anyone doesn’t know otherwise.

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