MOVIE REVIEW: 'Walking with Dinosaurs' saunters to the big screen in this cute tale

by Roger Moore McClatchy Newspapers - Updated: December 20, 2013 at 8:54 pm • Published: December 19, 2013 | 9:50 am 0

Starring the voices of John Leguizamo, Tiya Sircar, Justin Long, Charlie Rowe, Angourie Rice and Karl Urban; directors Barry Cook and Neil Nightingale; 86 minutes; PG for creature action and peril, and mild rude humor, Grade: C+

The BBC series "Walking With Dinosaurs" gets a kid-friendly big-screen treatment, complete with cutesy story and dino-poop jokes, in "Walking With Dinosaurs 3D."

Aimed squarely at that dino-crazy demographic (ages 7-12), it pumps a few IQ points into a kid film genre sorely in need of them. "Walking" takes care to ID each new dinosaur species introduced, including factoids about what they ate and any special skills they might have had. It's downright educational. Just don't tell your kids that.

Combining striking cinematography of some of the last great remote places on Earth (Alaska) with state-of-the art dinosaur animation, "Walking" is another "Great Migration" tale - herbivores heading south at the onset of Alaskan winter, hounded by all manner of carnivores and omnivores. But thankfully, it's not just another "Land Before Time" or "Ice Age." Co-director Barry Cook came from animation ("Mulan"), and partnered up with BBC nature film vet Neil Nightingale. And while the tale they tell (the "Happy Feet" scribe wrote it) has dull patches that may try an adult's patience, the animation is astonishingly real and the approach is just smart enough to keep your interest. Roger Moore, McClatchy Newspapers

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