Directed by: Barry Cook
This family-friendly animated film is about dinosaurs from the Late Cretaceous period, which was some 70 million years ago. Utilizing very well-done CGI the film takes its audience back into the far-flung past so that they can get a real experience of what it was like to exist in that time period. The film’s audience will truly see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. Given the detailed level of CGI (which in many instances is overlaid live-action shots) watching this film will give viewers a truly unique, immersive experience watching these lumbering behemoths on the big screen.
The animated story of the dinosaurs is book-ended by live-action footage where Urban as an uncle is taking his nephew and niece, (Charlie Rowe, and Angourie Rice), to a dinosaur excavation site. The story of the dinosaurs themselves follows Patchi (voiced by Long), who is something of an underdog dinosaur (being the runt of his litter), as he meets and triumphs against all odds to become a hero for the ages. He is watched over by Alex, a pre-historic parrot named Alex (voiced by Leguizamo) as the herd of Pachyrhinosaurus living in what will eventually become the Alaskan wilderness migrate from their summer to winter grazing grounds.
The film is co-narrated by Patchi and Alex, and it often stops the action to print on-screen the name of the various dinos that these two encounter. The film is fun, and quite entertaining and should be of interest to parents with young children as it is truly a film that is written and developed for youngsters. Needless to say there are some “frightening” scenes (when the Dinos attack each other), but it really shouldn’t be too much for young kids. All-in-all, not only a fun film and a good story, but a great teaching tool as well.
Oh yes, and we almost forgot one of the best parts of the film (for us, at least) was the appearance of the Fleetwood Mac tune Tusk in the film's soundtrack during one of the herd’s migration sequences.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing films for some 30 years. During that time, his movie reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular articles and movie reviews.