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Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus (2007)

Flock of Dodos , Dr. Randy Olson  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Flock of Dodos
  • Directors: Dr. Randy Olson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: September 10, 2007
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,893 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Top Ten Questions
  • Shared Visions: A Comic Debate
  • Pulled Punches: controversial content
  • Vetoed Comedy: humorous deleted scenes
  • Panel discussion highlights
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute clips
  • Animation outtakes
  • Filmmaker biography

Editorial Reviews

In a light-hearted take on the culture wars, FLOCK OF DODOS tweaks egos and pokes fun at both sides in the evolution vs. intelligent design debate. Evolutionary biologist and filmmaker Dr. Randy Olson rides along with jargon-impaired scientists and jargon-rebranding intelligent designers as they engage in the comic theatrics that erupt wherever science and religion clash over the origins of life. From the shadowy, well-funded headquarters of the pro-intelligent design Discovery Institute in Seattle to the rarefied talk of Olson s science buddies around a late-night poker table, FLOCK OF DODOS lends a thoughtfully critical ear to the wonderful personalities and passions driving the Darwin wars.

By explaining the quirks of evolution with colorful visual aides while respectfully listening to people of faith, FLOCK OF DODOS is intelligently designed for popular appeal (VARIETY). And if you find it difficult to determine which side of the issue is the bigger flock of dodos, Olson offers up his 83-year-old mother, Muffy Moose, as the ultimate head dodo who provides the Rodney King perspective of can't we all just get along? This enlightened, fun film is a must-see for anyone who cares about the issues of our time.

DVD Features: Top Ten Questions; Shared Visions: A Comic Debate; Pulled Punches: Controversial Content; Vetoed Comedy: Humorous Deleted Scenes; Panel Discussion Highlights; Howard Hughes Medical Institute Clips; Animation Outtakes; Filmmaker Biography

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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Irreverent Provocative Fun May 11, 2007
This is a very insightful condemnation of Intelligent Design and the approach of evolutionists, with minimal humor, but a lot of fun. Olson takes a relaxed approach to this huge controversy, and teaches us a great deal in the process.

He tells the story with some of the style of Michael Moore, using dry wit, multiple interviews, and an overt agenda. He was an evolutionary marine biologist, a student of the great Stephen Jay Gould, who decided to go into film, and here looks at all angles of the intelligent design controversy and how it tries to attack evolution. The movie is short on content and long on entertainment, and that's for a purpose. The goal of the movie is to show how behind biologists are in public relations, and how much more they need to do.

The movie did this admirably. The evolutionists come across as either Ivory Tower scientists who can't relate to the public, or real prigs who you wouldn't want to drink with. The Intelligent Design folks are all pretty likable, but simultaneously really off when it comes to science, for the most part not knowing anything behind what they are saying. Olson wishes to point out this huge gulf between the facts and likability, and call scientists to a place where they can start to actually reach out to the public on a level that doesn't require four years of grad school to understand. The scientists are therefore the dodos in the film.

This movie's raised a lot of controversy because the Discovery Institute, based in Seattle and the leader of the ID movement, complained that they weren't consulted and that the movie is very biased against them, for instance making it look like their budget is 5 million instead of 4 million.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Quality Film on a Difficult Subject August 18, 2007
I do not think that Mr. Olson comes down firmly on one side or the other in this film, even though he identifies himself as an Evolutionist. This is not the point of this film. He most definitely is not bashing anyone. Instead, it shows the difficulty that comes about when two sides have such a hard time even discussing such a topic. If anything, he takes the Pro-Evolutionists to task for not being able to clearly articulate their points of view to common folk.

I'm sure many of us have had good or bad experiences in discussing certain topics with family and friends. If we have a wide-enough group of contacts there must inevitably be the individual or group that you simply cannot continue the discussion with because you cannot understand how they could possibly think the way they do. This film shows why it is so difficult for Evolutionists to engage in a debate when they mostly feel there is no reason for a debate. And it is told with a great deal of sensitivity, respect and humor toward both sides -- especially endearing when he presents his own mother's points of view (the last scene of which left me chuckling for hours).

I am sorry, but I cannot compare Randy Olson to Michael Moore because I do not see where Mr. Moore shows any respect toward anyone who disagrees with him. Where Mr. Olson presents an engaging experience, Mr. Moore simply comes across as a smartass.

Upon watching this film, you may be surprised at how serious the divide on Intelligent Design and Evolutionism really is. Other than sound bites on TV, you may not even be aware that there is a group with $5 Million in funding geared toward promoting their point of view. Truly a fine bit of film-making!
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4.0 out of 5 stars educational and interesting... June 25, 2007
Wow! I liked *Flock of Dodos*. You have to have an open mind to view this documentary on evolution and intelligent design. It is both educational and interesting. This film touches aspects of the debate that you may not have seen in the media.

What is the difference between evolution and intelligent design? What is the difference between intelligent design and creationism? If you don't know or not sure, then this is the one you need to watch.

It's interesting to see how much and how long these people have been fighting for what is to be taught in the schools, especially the Kansas Board of Education. It is amazing to see what people believe about the origin of life.

One camp believes in "teaching the science". The other camp believes in "teaching the controversy". So, one believes that presenting natural evidences (fossils, etc.) is the way to go in schools. The other believes that one should lay out pros and cons of each theories/approaches. The bigger question that this film presents is what exactly is intelligent design? And how is this really different from evolution or even from creationism?

This film touches on the state boards of education in a few cities, the Discovery Institute, scientists/evolutionists and their views, Christians, and other whatnots. For a film that is 1 and a half hour long, it is packed with information. You just have to watch it.

Now, Olson did a good job on the subject of intelligent design. There's just some parts of it that could have been edited out. I think that Olson tries to be like Michael Moore. The difference is that Moore has more balls to confront people. Olson tries to confront people but he ends up liking his interviewees even if he disagrees with him. Nothing wrong with that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by George King
1.0 out of 5 stars Dodos or duds?
This was a pathetic attempt to discredit an original and genuinely scientific hypothesis (ID). The host landed no punches on the ID theorists, perhaps only a scratch or two. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jose A. Loayza
1.0 out of 5 stars Watched on Netflix
And it was terrible!!! Not because it was the "intelligent evolutionist against Bible-thumping idiots" (I got the feeling that was what they were aiming for, though) but... Read more
Published 6 months ago by CrazyRead
5.0 out of 5 stars If it stinks behind, turn around.
Flock of Dodos is a simple movie. That is its genius. Flock of Dodos is about "Science" versus "Other." I MUST warn you, that I am an agnostic. Read more
Published 10 months ago by BobbyB
1.0 out of 5 stars Pure Garbage. Don't Waste Your Time and Money
This so-called documentary wasn't even worth what I paid for it brand new, just one cent. I am also glad that I waited six years to watch it since the documentary is very insulting... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Book Hound
5.0 out of 5 stars Olsen bent over backwards to get "balance."
This is a terrific documentary about the confabulated "controversy" regarding the teaching of evolution in America's public schools. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Frank Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars This isn't a documentary, it's a smear piece
The first clue that this isn't a legitimate documentary is that it insults a group of people in its title. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Phillip J. Fry
5.0 out of 5 stars A Flock of SMART Dodos...;)
If you're a fan of rational thought, but aren't a humorless Druid, this movie will tickle your fancy! Read more
Published 18 months ago by Paul H. Wigton II
1.0 out of 5 stars Never addressed the ID challenge
So, I don't consider myself a believer of intelligent design (ID) or creationism and I at least consider myself in a believer in micro-evolution. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Emma Knightly
1.0 out of 5 stars Simply Another Anti-ID Hit Piece
Flock of Dodos is simply another anti-ID hit piece. It follows the evolutionary playbook perfectly in that it mashes Creationism with Intelligent Design and assumes a... Read more
Published 22 months ago by David
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