When something calls itself “The greatest 3D event in 100 million years,” it had better damn well have something remarkable to show for it. Well, now that the above 2D trailer for Barry Cook (Arthur Christmas) and documentary producer Neil Nightingale’s upcoming CGI epic, Walking With Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie, has hit the Internet, I can’t imagine that any real-life film that needs 3D glasses could possibly look as good as this film will. I don’t care what the next Jurassic Park film looks like.
Adapted in spirit from the great PBS series, this film brings to mind both Pixar’s Wall-E and Disney’s The Bear. In not relying on dialogue to tell a story — since this film has no interest in getting on your nerves with CGI talking animals — the film must rely on its expansive visuals to give viewers the full experience of living in an era completely alien to the modern human. Of course, liberties have to be taken, since the things we think we know about dinosaurs change often enough.
That it starts off with a mother spitting up in order to feed her young, and our main character, is enough to win me over to what will hopefully be a lack of bullshit within the narrative. A narrative involving a young dinosaur becoming a hero to his family and friends or whatever is silly enough to be sure, and I’m not necessarily calling for dino battles to come equipped with massive amounts of bloodshed, but this will hopefully be the kind of non-Land Before Time film that doesn’t pander or preach to its audience.
Though the film’s description questionably reads as “Two brothers looking to follow in their father’s footsteps leads to a showdown with dinosaurs in the Arctic North,” this doesn’t seem to have anything to do with that. I’m hoping on a Stegosaurus wishbone that this pans out to be amazing. And if it isn’t, we’ll just sick some robot dinos on the filmmakers.