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Evolutionary Ecologist, Randy Olson, tries to find out just who is the real "Flock of Dodos"
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Filmmaker and evolutionary biologist Randy Olson tries to figure out if it is the Darwinists or Intelligent Design supporters who will become a flock of dodos. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Michael Behe ... Intelligent Design Supporter (as Michael Behe Ph.D.)
John Calvert ... Intelligent Design Supporter
Jack Cashill ... Intelligent Design Supporter
Tom Givnish ... Evolutionist
Randy Olson ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erik Alden
David Bottjer ... Evolutionist (as Dr. David Bottjer)
Carol Brown
Jeff Brown
John L. Burch
John Angus Campbell ... Intelligent Designer (as Dr. John Angus Campbell)
Ty Carlisle
Steve Case ... Evolutionist (as Dr. Steve Case)
Michael Donoghue ... Evolutionist (as Dr. Michael Donoghue)
Ron Etter ... Evolutionist
Daphne Fautin ... Evolutionist (as Dr. Daphne Fautin)
Sue Gamble ... Moderate Republican
Thomas Givnish ... Evolutionist
James Handen ... Evolutionist (as Dr. James Handen)
William Harris ... Intelligent Designer (as Dr. William Harris)
Ed Leydecker
Karel Liem ... Evolutionist (as Dr. Karel Liem)
Donal Manahan ... Evolutionist (as Dr. Donal Manahan)
Kathy Martin ... Conservative Repbulican
Bob Muller ... Evolutionist
Steven Orzack ... Evolutionist
Mark Patterson ... Evolutionist
Jane Pickering ... Evolutionist (as Dr. Jane Pickering)
Edward Rowand (as Pastor Edward Rowand)
Mark Skinner ... Evolutionist
Bill Wagon ... Democrat
Jonathan Wells ... Intelligent Designer (as Dr. Jonathan Wells)

Directed by
Randy Olson 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Randy Olson 

Produced by
Ty Carlisle .... producer
Thomas Chan .... co-producer
Julie Janata .... executive producer
Ed Leydecker .... co-producer
Peter LoGreco .... co-producer
Steven Miller .... executive producer
Randy Olson .... producer
Stevo Polyi .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Amotz Plessner 
 
Cinematography by
Shane Seley 
Joseph Trinh 
 
Film Editing by
Pascal Leister 
 
Art Direction by
Ryan Mitchell 
 
Art Department
Gary Reisman .... graphic artist
 
Sound Department
Thomas Chan .... sound
Jillinda Palmer .... sound editor
Jake Gideon Posner .... voiceover recordist
B. Tennyson Sebastian III .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Scott Degraw .... assistant camera
Matt Hawley .... assistant camera
Zach Jones .... assistant camera
Peter LoGreco .... assistant camera
Joseph Trinh .... assistant camera
Ray Woodhouse .... assistant camera
 
Animation Department
Tom Sito .... animation director
Jonathan Archambault .... digital ink & paint (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Ty Carlisle .... assistant editor
Joe Faissal .... on-line editor
Laura Jans .... colorist
Judd H. Maslansky .... assistant editor
Randy Olson .... assistant editor
J. Bretton Truett .... on-line editor
 
Music Department
Robin Urdang .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Peter D. Coogan .... stock footage researcher
Jeff Dowd .... producer's representative
Ryan Mitchell .... publicity art director
Muffy Moose .... head dodo
Tuan Nguyen .... stock footage researcher
Tuan Chau-Minh Nguyen .... researcher
Michael Sebastian .... production assistant (as Mike Sebastian)
Jean Sievers .... publicist
Garin Sparks .... promotion dodo
 

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Rated PG for some thematic elements and brief mild language
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84 min
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Lucid & Intelligent Analysis of the Loonies Who Believe in Intelligent Design, 5 October 2013
Author: meddlecore from Canada

"Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus" is a film which debunks the claims and myths promoted by those who are proponents of the Intelligent Design movement- a movement that is essentially revealed to be a modern "re-packaging" and politicization of the Creationism movement that is central for the religious right. This time being brought to the forefront by marketing the evolution vs intelligent design "controversy" (and I use this term lightly) as a theoretical debate- one half based on science and understanding nature...the other based on well...nothing, except some extremely flawed (laughable even) logic. It's an all around intelligent, humorous and entertaining film that has been made in vain of the ever growing do-it-yourself documentary regime.

It was made by Kansas-born evolutionary biologist turned filmmaker Ralph Olson , whom I personally like a lot- looking forward to seeing more from him. He is extremely intelligent, witty, and always succinct in a way even the layman can understand. He's also confrontational with a bit of charm, making him more palatable to the less tolerant, when compared to someone like Michael Moore. And most of all....he knows what he is talking about.

Being born and raised in Kansas, he's familiar with the culture which is acting as the home front for both the Creationist and Intelligent Design movements' attack on Evolution. Graduating from Harvard with a concentration in cellular biology, has also put him in a privileged position to analyze and criticize such a subject.

The concept of the film is to root out who the "Flock of Dodo's" really are- those using the US Constitution to politicize and force upon the masses the teaching of Intelligent Design alongside Evolution as a possible alternative to the theory or the counter-revolutionary Evolutionists attempting to quell them? Olson goes through the history of the Creationist/Intelligent Design movement from it's birth, showing how the anti-darwinist, anti-scientific, anti-intellectual ideas of a man named Thomas Henry Huxley have grown into something societally destructive. The film reveals how "God" has been relegated to the ever-narrowing gaps that modern science has yet to explain.

Some of the commenters on IMDb were making this film out to be a "fair and balanced" look at the Evolution-Intelligent Desgin debate.....but it's not...the film is clearly pro-evolution, as it should be. What it is, is a subjective look at the debate- one man's memories weaved cinematically into a film that enlightens and entertains those who are lucky enough to view it.

Olson narrates the film himself and is often on camera (as you may have picked up)- both alone and when questioning others. He even uses his mother, not only for opinion, but as a source to some of the top people in the Intelligent Design movement (as the one man was now her neighbor). He interviews numerous professors from top universities versed in the theoretical and practical study of Evolution, some of the major people forcing elements of Intelligent Design through the political process (not Bush, though he is discussed- but mostly the major players in the highly publicized Kansas controversy where the schoolboard tried to force teachers into teaching Intelligent Design), the lawyers fighting these battles in the courts, and some high-profile scientists and authors from both sides of the argument. Olson thus does, though, while always remaining pro-evolution, provide detailed information concerning the arguments and criticisms made by both parties. So I suppose it is fair in that sense.

Worth a watch. 6 out of 10

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