WALKING WITH DINOSAURS
Survival and Self-Sacrifice
Release Date: December 20, 2013
Starring: The Voices of Charlie Rowe,
Karl Urban, Angourie Rice,
John Leguizamo, Justin Long
Genre: Family, Action Adventure
Audience: All ages
Runtime: 87 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox/News Corp.
Director: Barry Cook, Neil Nightengale
Executive Producer: Marcus Arthur, Stuart Ford,
Miles Ketley, Zareh
Nalbandian, David Nicksay
Producer: Mike Devlin, Luke Herington,
Amanda Hill, Deepak Nayar
Writer: John Collee
Address Comments To:Rupert Murdoch, Chairman/CEO, News Corp.
Chase Carey, President/COO, News Corp.
Jim Gianopulos, Chairman/CEO
Fox Filmed Entertainment
20th Century Fox Film Corp.
(Fox Searchlight Pictures/Fox 2000/Fox Atomic/FoxFaith)
10201 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-1000
WALKING WITH DINOSAURS opens with a paleontologist taking two children on a hunt for bones. A talking bird explains to the boy how a particular dinosaur tooth was broken off and left to be found. The bird morphs into a prehistoric bird that befriends Patchi, a very young pachyrhinosaurus. The movie takes Patchi through his childhood and a love-at-first-sight relationship with Juniper, a female pachyrhinosaurus. Every time a new species of dinosaur is introduced, the movie pauses to put in print its species and its taste for meat or vegetation. On occasion you get a quick anatomy lesson as well about teeth or brain size.
Young children raised with pets in their homes and food purchased at grocery stores will find the frequent battles to resist become a meal disconcerting. Patchi’s father becomes a meal while trying to guard Patchi and his brother. Self-sacrifice and the defense of others are presented as admirable while pride and arrogance are rebuked. Somehow the reality of the CGI makes the struggle for life more disturbing than in ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS. In ICE AGE, you know the characters are not real because they look cartoonish. In WALKING WITH DINOSAURS, the characters look too real to be associated with the voices used. Patchi’s father never speaks. He just makes animal noises.
The movie doesn’t rub the viewer’s nose in evolution theory, as many museum exhibits do, but neither does it declare the majesty of God’s creation. What it does do is show life in nature to be much less noble than in AVATAR. It is brutal, dirty, and short. Elders are replaced by young thugs wanting a harem, and the infants, the sick, and the elderly are the first to fall prey to predators.
Praise God for a nation where children are taught, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” People have homes, cars, and televisions because mankind can live far above the survival mentality of raw nature. People are made in the image of God, not beasts. People can speak in words, not grunts. People can write books and make movies. People can even give human voices and personalities to astounding CGI representations of creatures that only some of the bones exist.
If you love dinosaurs and want to see beautiful images of herds of dinosaurs, you may enjoy WALKING WITH DINISAURS. Just be cautious with young children because the CGI is so good that the predator attack scenes may cause nightmares.
WALKING WITH DINOSAURS has high quality special effects and an entertaining story. However, young children may find the frequent dinosaur battles to resist becoming a meal somewhat disconcerting. Patchi’s father becomes a meal while trying to guard Patchi and his brother. Self-sacrifice and defending others are presented as admirable while pride and arrogance are rebuked. If you love dinosaurs and want to see beautiful images of dinosaur herds, you may enjoy WALKING WITH DINOSAURS. However, the story and voices are sometimes corny, and the CGI is so good the predator scenes may cause young children nightmares.