BY Jo Ann Madarang
Walking with Dinosaurs 3D tells the story of how Patchi (Justin Long), a Pachyrhinosaurus considered as the runt of the litter, battled adversity–in the form of his older brother Scowler (Skyler Stone) plus other bigger, fiercer dinosaurs–and led his herd safely past predators such as the Gorgosauruses (tyrannosaurs) as well as other challenges facing them during migration.
Animated films have always held a special place in my heart–Up, Megamind, Tangled, Brave and Frozen to name a few. Walking with Dinosaurs 3D however is an entirely different animated film because it tackles a different topic (dinosaurs!) and uses a different approach (almost scientific; critics say this film is well-researched and fairly accurate).
Although Walking with Dinosaurs 3D‘s plot is somewhat predictable and falls a little flat, John Leguizamo‘s storytelling as the Alexornis bird Alex, the film’s amazing visual effects, and the good set of songs used (Matisyahu’s Live Like A Warrior deserves a special mention) make up for it. Praise must also be given to the directors and producers for coming up with a film that is both entertaining and informative for kids.
VERDICT: Walking with Dinosaurs 3D is admittedly no Jurassic Park, but its wonderfully made animation makes up for its misses. If you have kids, or you want to be the cool aunt or uncle, take them to Walking with Dinosaurs 3D. They will surely have a good time.
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Walking with Dinosaurs 3D, distributed by 20th Century Fox, opens in Philippine cinemas Jan. 8, 2014.
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