On DVD from directors Barry Cook, Neil Nightingale and Twentieth Century Fox comes a look into the past when WALKING WITH DINOSAURS: The Movie.
This film tells the story of Patchi (voiced by Justin Long), a Pachyrhinosaurus (which means ‘thick nosed lizard’) who lives 70 million years ago in the Cretaceous Period. Hardly the biggest dino in the herd, Patchi uses his wits and heart to fit in. His brother Scowler (Skyler Stone) wants to be next in line to lead the herd.
Patchi’s friend is Alex (John Leguizamo) is a prehistoric bird who is funny and is fascinated by his friend’s adventures. Catching Patchi’s eye is Juniper (Tiya Sircar), a female of the herd who also has a sense of adventure.
When a tragedy separates the herd-families it is the two brothers put their feelings aside in the face of adversity if they are ton survive. Scowler let’s being a leader go to his head and Patchi has to do the one thing he doesn’t want to…challenge his brother!
The herd looks to its leaders – especially one that’s most unexpected.
FINAL WORD: Justin Long as Patchi says of his role, “Patchi has an insatiable curiosity as many runts do. It does get him into trouble, but in the long run it helps him evolve and become the leader he was meant to be”. Long gets a chance to be charming, funny and sweet – and all while looking like a dinosaur!
John Leguizamo is not new to animation having captured the world as Sid the sloth in the ICE AGE films. Playing Alex, he says, “Alex is a kind of precursor to a parrot, so I adopted a Spanish accent for Alex because most parrots come from Latin American countries. What was most difficult was finding the right pitch, because Alex is a small bird, but he’s also the story’s narrator. So he also had to sound paternal and patriarchal.”
It took serious planning to bring the story to screen. To get the scenery right the filmmakers shot in the wilderness of Alaska and New Zealand. Director Neil Nightingale says, “The intention was for WALKING WITH DINOSAURS to look as though a real wildlife cameraman had gone back in time to capture the footage. So we found locations that would replicate, as closely as we could in the modern world, Arctic Alaska in the Cretaceous Period.”
The DVD is already amazing but to add ridiculously awesome to the mix it includes the interactive bonus of: “The Ultimate Dino Guide” where hatchlings of all ages will be immersed in their own personal journey to uncover the greatest secrets about their favorite dinos.
There is “Match the Call” which tests skills by learning a whole new language and to hear how Dinos communicated with their friends – and their foes! There is an “Interactive Map” that takes the viewer on a tour of where dinos roamed on the earth. Finally, become a dino expert while watching the film with the “Brainosaur Trivia Track” pop-ups, and that’s just the interactive bonus of the pack.
With the combo pack comes the blu-ray and digital HD including the Cretaceous Cut and the Nickelodeon Orange Carpet Dino Rap.
Other cast include: Karl Urban as Uncle Jack, Angourie Rice as Jade, and Charlie Rowe as Ricky.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give WALKING WITH DINOSAURS three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. We loved a second chance to look 70 million years or so into the past for an adventure like no other! It is not only a story that families can share but it also brings an educational look into the past while making it funny as well. I absolutely adored when the story would stop to tell about the creatures that Patchi encounters – helps to know the good guys from the not so good right?
The animation is amazing and the story is just pure delightful with some really good lessons about life, family and love that are straight forward. BBC Earth Films has done an incredible job and along with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment this is a combo pack that is a must have for any family home library.
In the end – welcome to the world of dinosaurs and an epic adventure!