Dinotasia (2012)




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The good old dinosaur, gets a makeover and then some in this fantastically ambitious and groundbreaking documentary. Based on cutting-edge palaeontology and the latest fossil records, DINOTASIA presents a series of vignettes about dinosaurs - both familiar faces and some we have only found out about in the past ten years. Werner Herzog narrates, reuniting with the team behind GRIZZLY MAN and CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS. (c) Official Site
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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Despite a welcome lack of Disneyfied sentimentality - no tears are solicited for banged-up young'uns - the film never acquires a rhythm.

October 25, 2012
New York Times
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Dull, meaningless and pretty frustrating film.

Full Review… | October 24, 2012
Time Out
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If they're never fully convincing as photo-realistic figures, they're certainly as much good gory fun to watch as any old-school monster kids had to stick with dreary first acts to see.

Full Review… | October 23, 2012
Village Voice
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Plays like a series of cut-scenes from a 1997 PlayStation game.

Full Review… | November 5, 2012

Dinotasia is narrated by Werner Herzog with his customary shock and awe.

Full Review… | October 24, 2012
Observer (UK)

[A] well-meaning but listless compendium of unconnected prehistoric CG dino-vignettes that is as sure to bore children as it is to bemuse adults.

Full Review… | October 24, 2012
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I don't watch the dinosaur shows on cable television, and I'm not educated enough to know whether or not current research supports these creature's depictions - like the T-Rex piling dung and other material on top of their eggs to create warmth via a compost heap - but this was a charming handful of vignettes about the only alien world the human race will likely know for a long time. The writers smartly created stories we could identify with, like one following an eccentric dinosaur whose fixation in the entertainment of moving objects (think of any dog ever) catches him in mortal danger, and another whose curiosity finds themselves drugged by mushrooms into a semi-incoherent state and in danger by two opportunistic predators. Then there are the themes and emotions in parenting, where among the few stories told, one begins with a winged reptilian mother teasing her three nest-bound young with a fish. She then swallows it whole to demonstrate that the free-ride is over and it's their time to fly and feed themselves. I won't say what happens next, but let's just say nature, by default, is not on any individual's side. "Dinotasia" handles the story of the dinosaurs as a dark comedy that reminds us of our own fragility and potential impermanence, relying on luck, fate, and instinct. I recommend checking it out while it's on Netflix streaming.

Matthew Slaven
Matthew Slaven

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It's Walking with Dinosaurs with a personality and a sick sense of humor. Violent, disgusting, and probably a bit fantastic, but nor that far from the real world of dinosaurs. The computer animation is a bit flat, especially in full scenery, but it's great looking in some acts. The whole thing plays out nicely, and is filled with laughs and emotion.

Wes Shad
Wes Shad

A full-on disaster among dino documentaries, featuring creatures anthropomorphized to the degree of any Loony Tune, observed by Werner Herzog's hilariously disassociated commentary that could be about anything.

Regan Campbell
Regan Campbell

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