• Thursday, Oct 22, 2020
  • Last Update : 01:33 am

A treat for little paleontologists

  • Published at 04:22 pm October 18th, 2018
WT_Oct 18, 2018

A scientifically sound rendition of ancient lizards that can inspire children to feel excited about studying biology

Walking with Dinosaurs was originally a TV miniseries produced by the BBC. It was made with the intention of creating a scientifically accurate depiction of the bygone era of dinosaurs. In 2013 it was made into a feature film with the same title. This animated film wishes to give the viewers a glimpse into the lizard empire. 

As the film starts we see a paleontologist (Karl Urban) going to a dig site with his niece and nephew. A crow (John  Leguizamo’s voice) soon descends near the boy and starts talking. The crow says to the boy that the fossils his uncle was trying to dig out have great stories.

At this point, the film takes viewers back in time with the crow transforming into a prehistoric bird and narrating the story. The bird acquaints the viewers with the main character: his friend Patchi (voice of Justin Long). We also come to know his brother Scowler (Skyler Stone). Patchi is a small dinosaur with a kind heart and smart brain. We follow Patchi along the course of the film as he faces all prehistoric events and dangers a dinosaur “teenager” must endure to become an adult. 

The movie is crafted with stunning visual spectacles. From the dinosaur scales to the background, the graphic details are excellent. But it is not without its shortcomings. The film had been originally planned without voiceover and it was only at later stages of production that the decision of adding voices to the dinosaurs was taken. 

This creates a big problem for the film’s primary viewers: the children. Only 3 dinosaurs speak and even when they do, their mouths don’t move. This will certainly confuse the younger children and frustrate the older ones. The only compensation is perhaps looking at the extraordinarily sparkling animation created by the CGI artists and programmers. 

Leaving aside the obvious problems just mentioned, the story is still very bland and unlikely to engage any adult viewer. This is truer particularly because animation fans have had the chance of watching a number of great films in the past decade that had both great visual and stories. Especially films like Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc, Wall-E, Ice Age, etc set the bar very high. This movie is perhaps best viewed as an educational documentary and without expectations of great entertainment value.

However, the attention to scientific accuracy allows for the film being used as an education material in the classroom. It has a great potential to intrigue an audience of young students and imbue them with a genuine passion for science, something most text books are ill-equipped to achieve.

The film was rated PG by the MPAA. It was written by John Collee and Theodore Thomas, and directed by Neil Nightingale, Pierre De Lespinios, and Barry Cook.

54
53
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail