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March of the Dinosaurs (2011)

Set 70 million years ago in the Cretaceous period in North America, this animated docu/drama follows the journey of a young Edmontosaurus named Scar and his herd as they migrate south for ... See full summary »

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Matthew Thompson

Writers:

Jasper James (story), Matthew Thompson (screenplay)
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Stephen Fry ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Simon Kerr Simon Kerr ... Narrator
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Set 70 million years ago in the Cretaceous period in North America, this animated docu/drama follows the journey of a young Edmontosaurus named Scar and his herd as they migrate south for the winter. This film depicts recent findings about Dinosaurs, such as Tyrannosaurs with feathers. Written by Joyce M

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UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great Dinosaur Escape See more »

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Budget:

£2,500,000 (estimated)
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One of the first and only productions to depict giant, advanced tyrannosaurids with feathers. Later on the discovery of the tyrannosaur Yutyrannus proved that these animals, or at least the ones living in colder regions, did in fact have feathers. See more »

Goofs

The front legs of many animals have been pictured wrongly: while the predators did hold their arms in an anatomically correct way, the Troodon's arms weren't feathered enough: fossil finds suggest it had actual wings, with the feathers running down their middle finger, whereas the arms of the Troodon in this film were not more than mere arms with the feathers stopping at the wrist. The forelegs of the ankylosaur and the Pachyrhinosaurus, on the other hand, have been positioned wrong. Their toes should have faced outward, rather than forward, and the real animals had only three claws, not four. See more »

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Watchable entertainment
25 April 2011 | by angus-silvieSee all my reviews

This dinosaur adventure is aimed at younger viewers (but not too young as the inter-dinosaur fight scenes could be a bit scary for them). The storyline approach appears to be borrowed from Disney, like the kind of films I remember seeing in my own youth where a cat, a (insert animal of choice) and a goat would team up to trek across America in order to find a previous owner who has moved house and reluctantly sold them to a cruel new owner.... or something like that. This time the narration focuses on Scar the vegetarian dinosaur who treks across what is now America but in those days wasn't. Meanwhile Patch the carnivorous dinosaur - a less appealing Velociraptor lookalike - stays where he is and learns how to survive in the Arctic winters.

The standard of the animation is very good, and is realistic enough for you to sometimes forget you are not watching a real documentary. Shame they couldn't have got David Attenborough to do the commentary, that would have helped. Stephen Fry is an adequate replacement though. Imbibing the dinosaurs with thoughts and feelings seems a bit forced at times, even though I suppose this was the only way they could make a good story out of it.

If you don't mind the predictable storyline and saccharine characterisations, this is a good family film.


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