OK for kids 7+
Thrilling, semi-educational CGI movie with a few scary bits.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie is a fictionalized account of a prehistoric herbivore's life with a few scary parts. Instead of a documentary with narration, the ultra-realistic computer-generated production is more Ice Age than Jurassic Park with a plucky underdog protagonist (a Pachyrhinosaurus). There is predator-prey violence that disfigures and kills dinosaurs (one major death is off screen) that could be intensified by the 3D. Expect a romantic subplot that may turn off younger viewers. Language includes scatological references to dinosaur poop and a few insults, but it also includes clear references to the names of every prehistoric animal featured in the movie.
Families can talk about the enduring fascination with dinosaurs. What kinds of research did the filmmakers have to do to make this film?
Would you prefer a more traditional documentary, or do you like this fictionalized talking-dinosaur account? Is there anything lost by the humanization of the animals? Gained?
The good stuff
Educational value: Every time a new prehistoric animal is introduced, a narrator says their scientific name, their common name, and whether it was a carnivore, herbivore, or omnivore. Throughout the film, the life cycle and habits of various prehistoric animals, mostly dinosaurs, are explained, but this is not a documentary, so there's not as much educational information as in the original Walking with Dinosaurs.
Messages: There are positive messages about the importance of scientific discovery, in particular paleontology. Kids will learn how "every fossil tells a story," and why that story is pivotal to understanding the past.
Role models: The protagonist Patchi looks out for his herd and helps them retreat to safety. The alpha male of an herbivore herd protects his young against a fierce carnivore.
What to watch for
Violence and scariness: Younger or more sensitive kids may be scared at several points throughout the film. Dinosaurs are killed (although it's shown off camera) by other dinosaurs. The leader of the herd brings all of the dinosaurs onto a frozen lake that breaks causing a few of them to fall through and drown. Fire erupts and consumes the dinosaur's habitat. As a young dinosaur, Patchi is nearly killed, and he's permanently disfigured by a carnivore that bites a chunk out of his frill. Male dinosaurs fight for dominance of the herd. Predators attack the Pachyrhinosaurus several times, and there are many close calls.
Sexy stuff: Patchi sees Juniper and instantly falls in love (a Barry White song plays in the background). He hopes to be her mate but it's implied that his brother, who becomes the herd leader, has the "right" to be with her.
Language: A few insults like "stupid" and "coward" and "runt." Plus some poop talk.
Consumerism: Chevy Blazer is briefly visible.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable
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Walking with Dinosaurs by Chuckie 3D
I must say that I wasn't expecting much from this movie considering the dinosaurs talked. But I was surprised by just how much the kids and I enjoyed it. Good 3D effects, an ok story line and humor that was meant for kids between ages 5-12. If you have kids in that age group who like dinosaurs I would recommend talking them to see this movie.
Great Movie by mrsgodoy1629
So yes be aware this is not a regular cartoon. It is more educational like something you would see on discovery channel, but with a story line. Myself I was happy about this the kids get to learn about dinosaurs and her a story line as well. My kids loved it and so did my husband which usually falls asleep during the cartoons(lol). He thought as well as my kids that it was a funny educational movie. We where entertained during the whole movie. We need more of this movies where they are not feeding your kids a bunch of crap that is not based on facts. Overall satisfied with the movie.
i was expecting something different by jamasia
the movie started out in an... interesting way. there were a lot of educational tid-bits here and there. i would recommend taking your kid to this if they are really into dinosaurs. the story its self is still relatable even if they aren't. but their attention will be better held if they are really into dinosaurs. i honestly thought it was going to b closer to a CGI version of Land Before Time ... lol... but its not. still cute, though.
Walking with Dinosaurs by irbertan
My grandson, my husband, and I went to see this 3D movie on Christmas Day. We had a wonderful time and would enjoy seeing it again!