Walking with Dinosaurs is an exciting and beautifully animated feature film, but it really exceeds expectations in its ability to execute simple story-telling, that is both educational and highly entertaining. The film is based on the existing BBC-produced franchise that includes a six-part documentary series, book adaptions and a live-action stage show.
Walking with Dinosaurs tells a story similar to The Land Before Time, but it doesn’t exactly ‘jump the franchise-shark’. Like its documentary brother, the movie frequently pops-up Dinosaur fact-cards and informative narration, but it is careful to keep the story familiar and funny. That story is about a young Pachyrhinosaurus named “Patchi,” voiced by Justin Long. He and his older, tougher brother Scowler (Skylar Stone) are lost after an attack from Gorgosauruses divides the migrating pack and kills their parents. The siblings make a few friends on the road, including Alex the Alexornis (John Leguizamo) and another Pachyrhinosaurus named Juniper (Tiya Sircar).
At the heart of this film is a coming-of-age story where wits and courage, triumph over brawn and arrogance. It’s a solid family film, that is sure to ignite a child’s love for Dinosaurs.