Walking with Dinosaurs has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a BBC show that saw its mission as putting viewers literally on the ground that our ancient Earth dwellers inhabited. It became a sensation with millions and millions of viewers. Then, it morphed into a live action stage show that crossed the globe, as the technology grew to the point where the realism was jaw-dropping. And now that 3D and filmmaking technology has also grown, and we have Walking with Dinosaurs 3D.
The story begins with live action and even a big time movie star in Karl Urban (Star Trek Into Darkness), who is an uncle to a teenage boy and a young girl who were sent to spend time with him in Alaska. He’s a paleontologist and takes his young charges out on a dig. The girl is jazzed. The boy would rather wait by the car and play with his Smartphone. Then… a crow lands and the voice of John Leguizamo starts telling him about the story behind the bone that his uncle had tried to impress him with earlier.
Our story miraculously goes back 70 million years and now the earth’s landscape is filled with dinosaurs of all kinds. Leguizamo’s crow has morphed into a prehistoric bird who we gather will be our narrator. He tells us that this is Patchi’s (Justin Long) story and it will be a legendary tale of courage. See, Patchi is the runt of his herd, which gets him absolutely no respect, even though his father is the alpha.
Then, director Barry Cook and Neil Nightingale switch off the narrating duties between Leguizamo and Long -- which kind of feels awkward, but the youngest audience members will adore hearing both sides of this story.
Walking with Dinosaurs 3D is not necessarily about telling a riveting story that compels all audiences. It is a fun tale, which contains a slew of positive messages for the youngest viewers that parents can be proud they have exposed their children to. Plus, dinosaurs are always cool and it is astounding to “Walk with Dinosaurs.” The viewer feels they are right along for the ride, and as the tension mounts as threats arrive in various forms, you truly feel it. And when the emotion runs high, that is also felt throughout.
The film is highly educational as it stops the story when a new dinosaur breed is introduced and we hear its name, its traits and therefore its place within our story.
But, overall our Walking with Dinosaurs 3D review has to say that it is also one gorgeous film to watch. The 3D camera work is top notch, and that is hardly a surprise given that it is from Cameron Pace Group, a brainchild of James Cameron’s whose credits of course include Avatar. During this holiday weekend, when it seems as if most of the film fare is geared towards adults, Walking with Dinosaurs 3D fits the bill perfectly for families.