Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Review: Walking with Dinosaurs Kids' Dialogue a Strange Mismatch

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Review: Walking with Dinosaurs Kids' Dialogue a Strange Mismatch

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WALKING with Dinosaurs seems like two entirely different projects that have been yanked together in the crudest way imaginable.

On the one hand, there are the visuals, which are tremendous. As in the BBC series that inspired it, the CG animation recreates the dinosaurs in life-like fashion.

The film gives us a sense of their scale, their movements, the shape of their teeth and even the way they shrieked and growled.

The very considerable downside is that the film-makers have decided to graft a cutesy, anthropomorphic children's story on to the footage. It is an entirely contradictory endeavour.

We are shown scenes of death and brutality even as we hear a squeaky parrot chirping the voice-over and are subjected to dialogue along the lines of, "Did you just take a poop shower?".

The filmmakers are clearly aiming for a family audience. However, this isn't a Lion King-like piece of Disney animation. Its visual style is altogether more realistic and frightening. …

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