Walking with Dinosaurs.
This past weekend, we had the amazing opportunity to pre-screen this breathtaking film before it hit theatres today, December 20th. This movie transports its viewers back to the Late Cretaceous prehistoric period where all types of dinosaurs walked the land. The movie adventure is in 3D, which provides an even more realistic experience for the audience. We went as a family and with two little girls in tow.
About Walking with Dinosaurs:
For the first time in movie history, audiences will truly see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. WALKING WITH DINOSAURS is the ultimate immersive, big screen adventure for families. Meet dinosaurs more real than you’ve ever seen as you take off on a thrilling prehistoric adventure, where Patchi, an underdog dinosaur, triumphs against all odds to become a hero for the ages.
A Hero’s Tale.
You may recognize a few names in this movie, for one, Justin Long plays ‘Patchi’, a Pachyrhinosaurus, who is the hero of the movie. He may not be the biggest dino on the block but, what he doesn’t have in size he makes up for in heart and determination to survive through very ‘real’ situations which eventually leads him to be the leader of his herd. He has humor, a lot of spirit and you’ll quickly fall in love with him.
Another character that you’ll love (and recognize) is Alex, who is played by John Leguizamo. He is hilarious, witty and sometimes a bit sarcastic. He is an Alexornis bird and your guide through Patchi’s journey. These birds have a symbiotic relationship with the Pachyrhinosaurus. They help by picking the ticks and other insects off of the dinosaurs and in turn, get a nice place to perch. You’ll find Alex to be not only an educator but, he turns out to be Patchi’s conscience throughout the movie.
A Great Story.
The movie has many interesting characters like Patchi’s best friend and companion, Juniper and Patchi’s brother, Scowler. From the very simple Edmontonia, the sneaky bird-like Hesperonychus to the very impatient Pterosaurs.
You’ll also learn all the different types of dinosaurs in this prehistoric period. I love how they made the film entertaining all while captivating a documentary style, freeze frame sequences to highlight educational tidbits about the dinosaurs. Gabby and Mimi absolutely LOVED these parts of the movie and what they learned stuck with him since they told me verbatim what they learned.
The story follows two brothers, Patchi and Scowler and their friend Juniper as they follow the migration of their herd. But, before they do that, they are faced with hard situations that they must first overcome. You see the growth, the adventure and the hardships they endure to eventually walk and lead the migration on their own.
Of course, you can’t have a story without a villain and in this story there are a couple of predators that are identified but, the one that really becomes a head to head contender with Patchi is Gorgon. He is a smart, fast and terrifying Gorgosaurus, he’s always on the lookout for the next kill. He is like a super-charged T. rex, and will stop at nothing to feed his extended family. The girls loved the freeze frame educational on Gorgon. We all laughed!
Dinosaurs Walk the Land Again.
The live action footage in this film is absolutely gorgeous. The landscapes, sounds and exteriors are definitely enhanced by the 3D CGI action. The fire in the opening scene is remarkable and the scenes throughout the movie really make you feel like you are truly Walking With Dinosaurs.
The story itself is very simple, it has simple characters with a lot of heart and it truly shows the complex yet very primitive way that dinosaurs would have lived and fought to survive and thrive in the prehistoric world.
Walk with Dinosaurs.
Head out and watch this movie with the kids, I think waiting to watch it at home won’t do it justice as the 3D really makes the experience. Gabby and Mimi both enjoyed it. Mimi covered her eyes a bit when Gorgon hit the screen but, otherwise–little ones will enjoy it just as much. Even us adults enjoyed it and had a lot of belly laughs.
My brother, who doesn’t have kids yet, said that he enjoyed the film as well. He found it to be very educational and definitely a good movie for the kids. I think that if you appreciate good imagery, you’ll love this movie!
Visit the Activity Page on the film’s official website to download free coloring pages here, here & here PLUS play online games including Match Three, Memory and Slider Puzzle!
“Walking with Dinosaurs is visually-stunning. Filled with educational tidbits, packed with humor and a completely feel-good movie for children and adults alike. You will fall in love with the characters and the whole 3D experience truly makes you feel as if you really are walking with the dinosaurs. For any viewer, it brings to life everything you expected a dinosaur to be. Scary, surreal but having a whole lot of spirit like every creatures does. While the dinosaurs themselves are amazing, the set itself opens up their world by using light and the elements to provide a breathtaking backdrop to this movie. Bring the whole family for a ‘roaring’ good time and an out of this world experience!”
Will you be watching Walking with Dinosaurs in 3D this weekend?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.