Walking With Dinosaurs 3D is a visual feast

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The movie is gorgeous, it looks like The Land Before Time in "real life," but the best news is none of the dinosaurs talk.


Wrapping up our coverage of CinemaCon 2013 we wanted to call attention to a few films that fell under the hype radar. First, Walking With the Dinosaurs 3D. The BBC series-inspired movie looked absolutely stunning. Giant dinos butted heads against a glorious backdrop. The set-up was simple: a baby triceratops is born into a loud world of chaos and dino glory. The close-up on this baby's head is intense; you get right up into his beady little dinosaur eyeball. And it looks about as real as anything we've never seen before looks real.

The little baby hits his teen years, bucking heads with young dinos and stumbling into an Ankylosaurus. The peril is everywhere, and of course this trailer is set to some sort of wailing soundtrack song that manipulates your emotions to such levels that you're already cheering HUZZAH when the baby turns into some sort of fearless beast that will lead his pack over treacherous terrain.

The whole thing was a visual spectacle and we just couldn't help clapping our hands when a small pterodactyl-like beast is plucked right out of the sky in stunning slow motion. Every scale, eye twitch and dino toenail is in the highest res possible. And the beasts themselves were a pretty crazy collection of colors and texture.

The short footage we saw gave us chills and made NO mention of the odd human characters we saw were cast into this movie. Unfortunately, the plot on IMDB lays out a different story, "two brothers looking to follow in their father’s footsteps, which leads them to a showdown with dinosaurs in the Arctic." Two human brothers. We were much more excited about this movie when we thought it was just about dinosaurs. So, that's pretty unfortunate. But at least you know it's gorgeous.

Sadly this is all the information we have for you now, so we will leave you with this perfect dinosaur gif.




Animator Phil Tippett had planned to make a movie about dinosaurs that was photorealistic and paleontologically accurate at time of production (originally the plan, pre-Jurassic Park, was to use stop-motion), that unfortunately, after much wrangling and swapping of talent, eventually evolved into what was Disney's Dinosaur movie from 2000.

Even now it seems like a brilliant idea as yet unrealised, and it seems this inclusion of humans means they're still not brave enough to commit to it.

Just like my idea of having an Alien vs Predator movie with no humans at all, they aren't brave enough to try something a little bit original like a story without humans or anthropomorphism.