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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
U
Cast
John Leguizamo
Justin Long
Karl Urban.
Directors
Barry Cook
Neil Nightingale.
Screenwriters
Running Time
87 minutes

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Walking With Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie
Dino doo-doo


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Plot
Tracing the 70-million-year old journey of Pachyrhinosaurus Patchi (Long) from runt of the litter to king of the herd, with the help of a sassy Alexornis named Alex (Leguizamo).


Review
Walking With Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie

 It is a depressing world we live in now where the BBC would put its name to something as insipid, bloodless, pseudo-educational and offensively anthropomorphised as this brand-extension of the once-mighty Walking With Dinosaurs series. Especially when you consider that all the hard graft and impressive craftsmanship on the behalf of the visual-effects artists (laying wonderfully textured and expressive CG beasts over real locations) has been wrecked by the decision to insert chirp-pop songs and voice the principal dinosaurs. Relentlessly so. Barely a moment passes where neither Justin Long nor John Leguizamo lamely quip or make a poo joke or pointlessly narrate events that a three-year-old could have followed in a direlogue-free cut. Note to the film-makers: children are smarter than you evidently think.


Verdict
An object lesson in how one awful creative decision (sassy voiceovers, flavourless pop tunes) can wreck a movie that might otherwise have been watchable. Wait for the Blu-ray and watch it with the sound off.


Reviewed by Dan Jolin

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Boom boom acka-lacka-lacka boom.

Fantastic for what it is, Walking With Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie is a great achievement, but it could have been an amazing film. As it stands, it's not. Torn between wanting to be a factually accurate introduction to basic palaeontology and a family-friendly adventure flick, it's really aimed at a young, undemanding audience (and I mean that in no way as an insult). If it lights a spark of interest in young minds then that's all for the better, but kids already like dinosaurs anyway, right? ... More

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