In 1999 there was a new educational series on TV called Walking with Dinosaurs. It filmed real locations around the world and used computer animation to put in dinosaurs in such a way that it looked like a real nature documentary in an effort to make learning about dinosaurs feel more approachable. It worked like gangbusters and was hugely successful spawning many offshoots and even a stage production using life sized puppetry. Now they have taken the next step and used the same technology and approach to make a feature film about the life of a dinosaur and giving them all voices as well.
When a young dinosaur runt names Patchi grows up in prehistoric Alaska, he learns about love and survival from his family, other dinosaurs and the sometimes harsh world around him.
Walking with Dinosaurs takes the method from the TV program of placing CG animated dinosaurs in real setting to tell this story and the result is visually breathtaking. Obviously made popular from the interest in film like Jurassic Park, Walking with Dinosaurs takes a more historically based look at how dinosaurs lived, but this time they have voices, although their lips to not move like in animated film, they are just voiced over by the likes of Justin Long and Karl Urban. But much like the 2000 Disney film Dinosaur (which is very underrated and excellent) this one tells a more linear story in place of the documentary style of the TV show. The result is a visually amazing, funny and fun adventure that both kids and adults will get a kick out of. Beautiful cinematography and scenery mixed with superb animation make for a great family film experience worth taking, especially if you have a 3D system at home.
The Blu-ray from eOne is absolutely spectacular. The real nature scenery is of the same beautiful quality as any BBC nature documentary but with the added bonus of awesome CG animation of the dinosaurs that just looks amazing. Great clarity and detail abound in all aspects, this is highly recommended not only for great family viewing but also for some serious showing off of the home theatre system. Great fun!
Available March 25, 2014 on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and DVD.