‘Walking with Dinosaurs’ Trailer – A 3D Adventure in the Late Cretaceous

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In 1999, the BBC aired a six-part TV mini-series titled Walking with Dinosaurs, with narration provided by actor/filmmaker Kenneth Branagh (Thor). That ground-breaking television program imitated the general format for nature documentaries, but used a combination of CGI and animatronics to recreate dinosaurs living during the Mesozoic.

The expensive project turned out a success, as it soon racked up multiple awards -that includes three Emmys, with one for its technical achievements – and a year later, it aired on the Discovery Channel, with Avery Brooks (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) as the replacement narrator, taking over for Branagh. Many a parent has since introduced their children to the marvelous world of ancient world creatures by showing them either the U.S. and/or the original version of the min-series on home video (as I can attest from personal experience).

BBC Films and 20th Century Fox have joined forces to produce a proper cinematic adaptation that will get a theatrical release, under the full title of Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie. An international trailer for the film has been released, and it provides an early look at the more conventional narrative developed for the project – which is (according to an official summary) “set in the Late Cretaceous 70 million years ago [and] tells a thrilling story of families born and families torn apart, of growing up, rivalry and competition.”

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Much like the original min-series, the Walking with Dinosaurs movie combines real-world landscape footage with digitally-rendered prehistoric creatures and locations that are no longer in existence. No surprise, the visual effects and cinematography do not seem impressive or special when viewed outside a 3D and/or IMAX theater; in fact, without the added dimension, the animation doesn’t appear to be much of an improvement on Disney’s Dinosaur (which was released back in 2000).

Obviously, the juice box crowd is the target demographic for this feature, and they should love seeing a variety of dinosaurs brought to cinematic life in 3D with (some) scientific accuracy. Basically, any parents with kids who are going through their dino-mania phase, might want to give this one a look; everyone else can just move along and wait to see Jurassic Park IV in 3D next year.


Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie was co-directed by Neil Nightingale (the creative director of BBC Earth).

It will open in select U.S. theaters on December 20th, 2013.

Source: MSN

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  1. The 2D images look decidedly like animation rather than real looking dinosaurs.
    Not that that matters for the target demographic here so why spend more money.
    I cannot see how any of this looks more realistic in 3D but it probably does look better.

    • That’s a good point. I watched all of these and also “Walking with Mammals.” Any lack of polish hardly bothered me at all.

      Then again, I went to see Werner Herzog’s “Cave of forgotten dreams.” That was filmed in 3-D and it was absolutely phenomenal as such. I’m not kidding, that guy gave an example of what an experienced artistic director can do with this high-tech toy.

      • Now Cave Of Forgotten Dreams would be an excuse to seek out 3D.
        The Chauvet Cave shot in 3D by someone who knows how might
        be the closest one could get to being there and I wish I saw it.
        Consider yourself quite lucky to have seen that Nostelg-O.

        • I guess I was lucky it showed in my town. But, yeah, that cave only opens like once a year mostly to VIP scientists. The added depth really gave you the sense of the environment they worked and lived in. Herzog’s narration got overly philosophical and speculative often, and he included footage of some massive greenhouse nearby where they have all kinds of exotic plants and animals. Didn’t really connect but it was pretty cool nonetheless.

          • I live in Manhattan (NY) and it wasn’t even shown here.
            So much for being the media capital of the world :D

  2. I loved this series on TV… but this “film” really looks like some sort of rehash of Dinosaur and Land Before Time.

  3. i cannot tell you how much i loved this as a kid. i though it was amazing and would watch the marathons they would have on bbc or other channels every time as a kid.

    really looking forward to this and cause ive not watched any of the series in a while i may look up on a couple of episodes.

    • I loved this as a grown-up adult. I can only imagine what I would have thought of something like this when I was a kid. Back then I treasured my very cheap and shoddy (by any standard in the last twenty years) plastic dinosaurs. The understanding of anatomy (how t-rex stood for instance), and all the other types of dinosaurs, etc seems miles ahead of that time.

  4. This looks really silly, I hope I’m wrong.

    • @Ethan

      You are. The series was awesome, I cannot wait to see this in theaters.

      • @Ken J

        I know the series was awesome, I’ve seen it too.

  5. I was OBSESSED with this series when I was a kid. I mean, I watched it almost every day. I think I might actually see this purely out of nostalgia.

  6. Wow, they’re still using that movie trailer voice these days?

  7. I feel like I’ve seen something like this before…oh yeah! Disney’s Dinosaur. The CGI looks unimpressive, and the story is so overdone. I won’t be seeing this movie.

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  10. Some people complaint about CGI.. whatever!

    I want to see it because I love the dinosaurs and they are adorable babies. I am going to watch it!

  11. Sadly the AMerican release has add…. americanized VOICEOVERS… (Including a wisecracking latino one… does this horror know no end?) Which has utterly KILLED any interest I had in watching this (And I had a lot of interest because I loved the miniseries and its spin offs)…..