Rated: PG for creature action and peril, and mild rude humor. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: December 20, 2013 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox
What is different about this animated feature is worth a look at, but the script lacks any excitement or innovation.
With most of the backgrounds filmed in New Zealand the is a realistic atmosphere for the animated dinosaurs to travel on as they move from season to season in migration packs attempt ion to avoid other predators along the way.
The script presents the story of Patchi (voice of Jon Long) who obviously will grow to lead the pack when he grows up (even though he is a runt at the start). Patchi is a Pachyrhinosaurus with a hole in his comb like head, his best friend is a prehistoric parrot voiced by John Leguizamo. Leguizamo's character connects the world of today with the past where dinosaurs roamed the countryside. A tooth pulls the beginning of the film with today's humans to the past travels of the Pachyrhinosaurus.
Even when he is shy and a follower behind his brother, Scowler (the voice of Skyler Stone) Patchi has a girl friend Juniper (the voice of Tia Sircar) who he has trouble bonding on to because of the survival of the fittest which is a challenge for him.
With the backgrounds from New Zealand and Alaska the animation fits smoothly on the land which the characters might have walked on in the distant past.
The dinosaurs are comfortably real to look at but they lack the excitement of the impressive animation in Jurassic Park which was a revolutionary film.
The 3D helps but the animals spend most of the film walking from North to South, South to North, and North to South. We therefore see the backsides of the various dinosaurs most of the time and once-in-a-while there is a head butting fight.
Walking with Dinosaurs is a pleasant travelogue but not much happens on the landscape that is most impressive to see on the big screen.
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