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Critic Reviews for Dinotasia
Despite a welcome lack of Disneyfied sentimentality - no tears are solicited for banged-up young'uns - the film never acquires a rhythm.
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.
(The filmmakers) make the creatures' varied plights unexpectedly amusing and disarmingly moving. The CGI quality runs hot and cold...(but the film) is gripping, droll and poignant in equal measure.
Audience Reviews for Dinotasia
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.
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.
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.
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