One of my wife’s favorite channels is Animal Planet. She could probably sit for days watching animal show after animal show and never get bored. Me? I’ll enjoy the occasionally documentary, but if it’s not a more cinematic-type story, I’ll lose interest pretty quickly.
That’s why, I have to say, that Fox’s Walking With Dinosaurs the Movie is the perfect compromise for us. While at face value, this is a movie with a definite story to tell, there are loads of dinotastic facts sprinkled throughout. Granted, who doesn’t love watching dinosaur movies? Also granted… there’ve been so many dinosaur movies over the years, it’s tough to come up with something new and refreshing.
For our latest Family Movie Night, we decided to watch Walking With Dinosaurs. Based on early previews, we were all under the impression this one was geared at young kids. So how did Walking With Dinosaurs pan out with my family? Overall, a pretty big thumbs up.
We all surprisingly enjoyed it. It’s somewhat like Jurassic Park without any of the humans, as we follow the story of a playful Pachyrhinosaurus named Patchi as he goes from a newborn dinosaur with his brothers and sisters to an older, tougher dino trying to survive in the wild.
Mix in a bit of Lion King, and you’ve got a pretty darn entertaining story. The effects are pretty amazing and definitely stand out. Especially the crazy colorful Alexornis bird named Alex (voiced by John Leguizamo). The dinosaurs themselves look real enough to suck you in and make you forget you’re actually watching computer graphics and not real giant lizards.
There are certainly a number of great lessons learned in the film, and not just how young Patchi can survive in such a brutal and savage world. Lessons on being yourself, loyalty and sticking by your family are common themes throughout. And best of all, kids (and yes even grown ups) can see all of this through the eyes of a young innocent dinosaur.
There’s plenty of action for sure, but also some tender moments and more than enough laughs to keep everyone fully entertained. If you’ve got real little ones, they may be a bit scared by some of the larger, more ferocious dinosaurs.
The Blu-ray DVD extras are pretty fun too, including:
- The Ultimate Dino Guide – Learn all about your favorite dinosaurs.
- Match the Call – Discover how dinosaurs communicated with their friends and foes, and test your knowledge.
- Interactive Map – Take an interactive tour of where dinosaurs roamed the Earth, by comparing those same places to where people are living today.
- Brainosaur Trivia Track – Read all sorts of fun trivia facts that pop up through the movie as you watch it.
If you’re looking for a good, fun family movie that actually has some educational elements in it, I certainly recommend Walking With Dinosaurs. It’s a real refreshing look at the world of dinosaurs, this time from the perspective of the creatures living in that prehistoric world.