Movie Review: Walking With Dinosaurs

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Walking With Dinosaur Summary

A paleontologist named Zack took his nephew Ricky and niece Jade on a fossil hunt. While alone, Ricky is met by a talking raven named Alex, who turned into an “Alexornis”. He told him of a story set in the Late Cretaceous period, 70 million years ago. Patchi is the smallest in a litter of “Pachyrhinosaurus” hatchlings, and is often bullied by his older brother Scowler. Their father Bulldust is the leader of the “Pachyrhinosaurus” herd. Alex, who is Patchi’s mentor, tried to help Patchi impress a female “Pachyrhinosaurus” named Juniper, but her herd migrated south without him. Patchi is also attacked by a “Troodon” which attempted to take him away but he is saved by Bulldust, resulting in Patchi having a hole in his frill as an injury which Alex claimed that Patchi was “destined for greatness”.

Bulldust moved his herd south as well, but when they tried to pass through a forest, they are forced to flee when a storm striked and a fire erupted. Taking advantage of the chaos, a pack of “Gorgosaurus” attacked the scattered herd. They killed the rest of Patchi and Scowler’s family while their leader Gorgon fought and killed Bulldust, who had been trying to protect Patchi and Scowler. Afterwards, Patchi’s herd, which is now led by Bulldust’s rival Major, combined with Juniper’s as they continued their migration where Gorgon’s pack attacked them again. In the ensuing chaos, Patchi, Scowler, and Juniper fell into a river and had been swept downstream to the ocean, with Alex following them from above. At a beach, Scowler followed a herd of “Edmontosaurus” to find food, callously leaving Patchi and Juniper behind. The two made their way through a forest and eventually became able to find their herd and Scowler.

After years of making the same Animal migration from north to south and vice versa, an adult Scowler became the herd’s new leader after defeating Major, and chose Juniper to be his mate, much to Patchi’s disappointment. Scowler recklessly led the herd onto a frozen lake, but Patchi is able to lead the majority of the herd to safety. Enraged and believing that Patchi is going to be usurping him and also trying to take Juniper from him, Scowler confronted Patchi and challenged him for a battle in exchange for leadership of the herd. Scowler quickly gained the upper hand and won as he disowned Patchi before ordering Juniper and the rest of the herd to leave him as well as Alex behind. Despondent and heartbroken, Patchi, who had gotten trapped under a tree during the fight, tried to allow predators to kill him, but Alex convinced him to die for something worth dying for as Bulldust did.

Reinvigorated by the advice, Patchi escaped and fought off the predators, before returning to the herd, only to find them under attack by Gorgon and his pack again. As Gorgon overpowered him in battle, a repentant Scowler ordered Patchi to save himself and lead the herd to safety. Instead, Patchi led them into fighting off Gorgon and his pack. The herd successfully forced the “Gorgosaurus” pack to back off while Patchi defeated Gorgon by breaking his arm which had gotten caught in the hole in Patchi’s frill, saving Scowler. Scowler reconciled with Patchi and conceded leadership of the herd to him, while Patchi went on to have eggs with Juniper, one of which hatched and Alex asked for it to be named after him. In the present day, moved by Alex’s story, Ricky returned the “Gorgosaurus” tooth to Zack and Jade, who had discovered Gorgon’s skull buried in the ground.

Walking With Dinosaur Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I bought this film when my kiddo was young and loving dinosaurs. It was cheap but well worth it. It is a Hybrid of live action and CGI, and great for the whole family to learn. It reminds me of the shows Dino Dana and Dino Dan with how educational yet seamless it is.

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