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Walking with Dinosaurs 3D (2013)

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See and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, in a story where an underdog dino triumphs to become a hero for the ages.

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John Collee (screenplay by), Gerry Swallow (dialogue contributor) | 1 more credit »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Charlie Rowe ... Ricky
Karl Urban ... Uncle Zack
Angourie Rice ... Jade
John Leguizamo ... Alex (voice)
Justin Long ... Patchi (voice)
Skyler Stone ... Scowler (voice)
Tiya Sircar ... Juniper (voice)
Clay Savage Clay Savage ... Radio Announcer (voice)
Jude Tinsely Jude Tinsely ... Dinosaur ID Card (voice)
Mary Mouser ... Dinosaur ID Card (voice)
Katie Silverman ... Dinosaur ID Card (voice)
Madison Rothschild ... Dinosaur ID Card (voice) (as Madison Moellers)
Michael Leone Michael Leone ... Dinosaur ID Card (voice)
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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 experience, utilizing state of the art 3D to put audiences in the middle of a thrilling and epic prehistoric world, where an underdog dino triumphs to become a hero for the ages. Written by Anonymous

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The Greatest Adventure in 70 Million Years


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Rated PG for creature action and peril, and mild rude humor | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Although the fact that small, raptor-like dinosaurs were feathered has been known since the end of the nineties, this is one of the first movies to actually depict many of its dinosaur characters with a feathery coat. Jurassic Park III (2001) was the first movie to feature raptors with any feathers at all. Originally, Disney's Dinosaur (2000) would also have included feathered raptors, but budget and animation issues forced the creators to depict them incorrectly with scales. See more »

Goofs

In the begging of the movie the Zack, Ricky and Jade are driving on a two way highway in Alaska. Like in the rest of the United States of America the lines in the middle of the road should be yellow instead of white to mark traffic going in opposite directions. See more »

Quotes

Juniper: I think I just stepped in some fear!
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Alternate Versions

Blu-ray 3D combo pack contains original un-dubbed 75 minute cut of film as it was originally conceived and supposed to be theatrically shown. See more »

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What A Difference A Day Makes
Written by Tim Myers
Performed by Tim Myers
Courtesy of Palladium Records
By arrangement with Zync Music Group LLC
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Even more visually stunning than the BBC series, this 3D feature update is ultimately no more than a kids flick no thanks to the addition of kid-friendly Disney-fied dialogue
18 December 2013 | by moviexclusiveSee all my reviews

The most obvious departure of this 3D feature spin off from the acclaimed BBC series with the same name on which it is based is the fact that the titular dinosaurs actually talk. Well to be honest, talk might be a bit of an overstatement seeing as how the characters' mouths don't actually move much; rather, what we have is an attempt to humanise these dinosaurs for a young target audience, which in the minds of the filmmakers, means fitting Disney-fied dialogue into the picture.

As scripted by 'Happy Feet's' John Collee, the kid-friendly plot follows the template of a coming-of-age story where a young Pachyrhinosaurus named Patchi (voiced by Justin Long) grows into a leader over the course of a long migration. His companion and buddy happens to be a prehistoric parrot that goes by the name of Alex (voiced by John Leguizamo), who forms the bridge between the opening modern-day sequence - featuring a cameo by Josh Duhamel - and 70 million years back where most of the action unfolds.

Cast as timid and socially awkward, the film introduces Patchi as the runt of the litter, easily distinguishable from the rest of his siblings by a hole on the right side of his frill following a close shave with a predator as a kid. A change in the weather patterns prompts his herd's migration by his father Bulldust, which sets into motion a chain of events that will have Patchi eventually claiming the honour of leading the herd. It isn't just his inner strength that Patchi will discover by the end of the journey; along the way, Patchi also finds a romantic interest in the form of Juniper (Tiya Sircar), a fellow Pachyrhinosaurus he experiences love at first sight with.

As far as children-oriented pictures go, the story in this one is on many accounts too simplistic. There is some attempt to inject dramatic tension by setting up Patchi's rivalry with his brutish older brother Scowler (Skyler Stone), but it is hardly compelling stuff. Same goes for the storybook romance between Patchi and Juniper, which to no surprise builds to a happily-ever-after ending. In fact, much more entertaining is Patchi's loquacious friend and ally Alex, whose non-stop chatter consisting of all sorts of puns makes him the undeniably most engaging one of the lot.

Truth be told though, little would be lost if directors Barry Cook and Neil Nightingale had simply done away with the formulaic story. Simply put, the visuals are stunning, seamlessly mixing CGI with breathtaking backdrops in Alaska and New Zealand to transport its audience back in time into a world when dinosaurs ruled the Earth; and the experience is even more awe-inspiring captured on film using the cutting-edge cinematographic technology which James Cameron had employed for 'Avatar'. Seeing as how tacked on the dialogue feels to the visuals of the movie, one can't quite help but feel that the filmmakers should simply have stuck with the original's documentary approach.

Of course, Nightingale is no stranger to that; as the creative director of BBC Earth and the producer of countless other nature documentaries, he is more than well versed in the language of non-fiction. Unfortunately, he seems to have given freer rein to Cook, whose background in animated features like 'Mulan' and 'Arthur Christmas' has resulted in what is essentially a live-action Disney cartoon about dinosaurs. In spite of the occasional educational cards sharing the scientific names of the dinosaurs and their general dietary preference (whether herbivore or carnivore or omnivore), there is no shaking off the feeling that the charm of the original series has been largely lost on its journey to the big screen.

Not that the US$85 million dollar production is without merit - like we said, the combination of computer animation and live-action is never less than impressive and captivating, demonstrating the leaps and bounds by which technology has advanced since Steven Spielberg first enthralled the world using animatronics in 'Jurassic Park'. On that account alone, it should more than be a fascinating watch for the kiddies; grown-ups though will have a harder time immersing themselves into the lifelike world, ultimately challenged by the artificial dialogue and even more clichéd plot.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 2013 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,091,938, 22 December 2013

Gross USA:

$36,076,121

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$126,546,518
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2.35 : 1
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