Extra Cinema: Walking With Dinosaurs (U)

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Starring: Karl Urban, Charlie Rowe

Directors: Barry Cook, Neil Nightingale

Shot on location in Alaska, Walking With Dinosaurs - The 3D Movie is the next evolution to the award-winning BBC documentary Walking With Dinosaurs, following the journey of a runt of the litter.

It’s ‘edutainment’, with stunning visuals combined with educational aspects like freeze-framing the action to provide the genus, English translation and feeding classification of each dinosaur

Bulldust, the leader of a herd of herbivorous Pachyrhinosaurus, must impose his authority on younger rivals while keeping an eye on his newly hatched brood including Scowler (voiced by Skyler Stone) and his weakling brother Patchi (Justin Long). As the siblings grow up, Patchi learns to compensate for his small stature to overcome the obstacles that life throws at him and woo his sweetheart, Juniper (Tiya Sircar).

Wise-cracking best friend Alex (John Leguizamo) keeps an eye on Patchi and together, they face the merciless Gorgosaurus, high-flying Pterosaurs and the chicken-like Hesperonychus .

Walking With Dinosaurs - The 3D Movie is visually arresting edutainment that makes fleeting use of the eye-popping format.

Vocal performances are solid, with Leguizamo stealing the best lines and scenes that might be a tad scary for the very young are preceded by a verbal warning from Alex, giving parents sufficient time to create a cuddle cage from the necessary bloodshed.

Rating: 7/10