by R.C. Samo
The story begins with Zack (Keith Urban), an amateur archeologist who is fascinated with finding dinosaur remains. On the adventure are his niece Jade (Angourie Rice) and angst-ridden nephew, Ricky (Charlie Rowe) who go out into the wilderness to discover where a massive fang belonging to a Gorgosaurus (meaning “fierce lizard”) came from. Ricky refuses to play in the dirt and hangs back by the Bronco texting his friends, when Alex (voiced by John Leguizamo) an Alexornis (named for ornithologist Alexander Wetmore) confronts Ricky, letting him know that, “every fossil has a story,” leading the audience into a journey about Patchi (voiced by Justin Long), the runt of a litter of Pachyrhinosaurus (meaning “thick-nosed lizard”) and his alpha male brother Scowler (voiced by Skyler Stone), who must survive migration all the while dealing with sibling rivalries, the loss of their parents and becoming adults.
This film puts a positive spin on the educational Nova documentaries of old. Fox and BBC are able to mix in education with entertainment — think of it as how parents disguise vegetables in dishes in order to get their kids to eat their greens. Long, Stone and Tiya Sircar (who voices Juniper, the female Pachyrhinosaurus), give the narrative an extra kick in the pants that will make parents laugh.
Walking with Dinosaurs opens Friday, December 20, 2013 and one movie where you will actually some away having learned something while being entertained.