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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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.
Cute kids movie! by sdmyles62
I liked this movie a lot, although not of block bluster caliber it was worthy of the cost of a matinee ticket and was in 3D. It was very kid-friendly, had a decent plot that was easy for the kids to follow (my grandchildren were I liked this movie a lot, although not of block bluster caliber it was worthy of the cost of a matinee ticket and was in 3D. It was very kid-friendly, had a decent plot that was easy for the kids to follow (my grandchildren were <5), was filled with lots of action and adventure and had an easily understood moral to the story. The movie was also a great learning tool as it gave scientific but simple details about the different dinosaurs within the movie, something parents should appreciate. :)
Walking With Dinosaurs by miriamhyde54
Forget the bad reviews! My husband and I took our 5 1/2 yo granddaughter who was enthralled! None of the typical dinosaurs kids learn about. great; nothing looked cartoony. Great story with great life lessons. We talked about the dinosaurs which ate other dinosaurs. Explained it simply: just like humans, each species didn't eat it's own kind, but omnivores and carnivores eat other meats, just like we eat cows and chickens. Immediately removed the fear factor! Go!
Cute for kids but I could of been better
Adorable by lraghunand
So all of the reviews are saying bad things and mostly because of the inner voices. The truth is that a lot of people are so picky it just annoys me. Don't you get that they can't make the dinasours talk because dinasaurs DONT TALK they wanted to make it entertaining so they added the inner voices so you could understand what they were saying. It was an amazing movie