Walking With Dinosaurs 3D
Although there’s bound to be a slew of incoming flack and criticism about this film, let’s all keep in mind that again, we do not live in a broadly scientifically literate world. Jurassic Park went out of its way to provide a Hollywood-style film, writ with loud noises, a snappy script diverse with personalities, most of which were riddled with personal issues, distracting away from the inaccuracies and thrust into the theaters for the lay-movie-goer to absorb (what they feel) is a real depiction of the dinosaurs they’ve come to know (or so they thought).
When I took my son to see Jurassic Park in IMAX 3D, it was purely for the fun of it. However, while even a quarter of the way through the film, I had secretly hoped that Speilberg used the publicity of the film wisely enough to not simply bring people into the theaters just to exploit a decade-old film just “for the fun of it.” Maybe at the end of the film, just before the credits would roll, Speilberg and his paleontologist colleagues would interrupt to leave theater-goers/dinosaur-lovers with some parting knowledge.
What an opportunity this would present him with…capturing the attention of audience members with a visual feast of CGI then leaving everyone with a brief overview on what science and technology has brought forth from the depths of history since the film’s first debut in 1993 in order for us to have a clearer understanding of how these creatures looked, felt, moved, lived and died. Sadly, this wasn’t the case and I sat blank-faced (but ultimately not incredibly surprised) at the scrolling credits in front of a blank, black canvas…a dark screen which could have dinosaur “factoids” running along the side? Just a thought. Unfortunately, no.
Walking With Dinosaurs 3D has been adapted onto the “big screen” in an attempt to transfer the information relayed from the television series. And although it gives off a “Land Before Time” feel, it isn’t. No talking Dinosaurs. No cheesy soundtrack. Although the film’s first look may conjure up Disney nostalgia, once again, it’s not a Disney film. Here’s an opportunity for people to be engaged with a more accurate depiction of the flora and fauna as scientists across various fields have come to understand and through technology/graphic design, able to visually portray to the public. If the lay-movie-goer is not familiar with our current understanding of these creatures, they’re sure to be intrigued by this trailer. And when it’s all said and done, after the apps have been released and the marketing/advertising has done all it can to hype up the film, I would hope those who see it (or rent/buy it later on) have not only been entertained, but educated and their curiosities re-ignited as well.
I, for one, am relieved to see a film like this come out after Jurassic Park 3D and can only assume it was planned this way so that WWD reaches a broader demographic with some good science. I’ll be looking forward to seeing all of our fellow science/paleontology/dinosaur blogs fielding questions, providing links to further people’s interest and reserve judgement until the film is released. Let’s use this opportunity in the mean time - all the time - to educate and empower individuals without a monster-budget film or CGI-dramatics. Power to the tumblr bloggers.