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Simply the best yet!
on January 19, 2013
If you loved the original Walking With Dinosaurs series (and I still do!), you must see this. Like WWD, it's almost all dino-animation; very little interruption - and when the flow is broken, it's to explain the scientific reasoning that supports the (sometimes surprising) conclusions. And while WWD's animation was excellent for its time, this show demonstrates the improvements possible with 2012 technology.
If you were disappointed by Jurassic Fight Club (and I was!), this is everything JFC wasn't. No repetition of video sequences, and best of all, no annoying George Blasing (sorry, George).
I see a lot of reviews for dinosaur shows that begin with something like, "My 5-year-old grandson is crazy for dinosaurs, so I bought him this..." Well, maybe you think dinosaurs are a phase that you're supposed to grow out of, but not all of us think like that. And the BBC, with "Walking With Dinosaurs" and this show, Planet Dinosaur, acknowledges this fact. This is NOT a kiddie show. This is aimed at an adult, very sophisticated audience, and it shows.
The visuals here are beautiful, and often stunning. The animation is so lifelike it must be seen to be believed. The effects are amazing - my favorite may be the running raid on a Centrosaur herd by a group of Daspletosaurs, driving them into a flooding river -- in a thunderstorm.
As someone mentioned, many animals make their animated debuts in this series, and they're worth the wait. Don't confuse Planet Dinosaur with "Dinosaur Planet"; that was good, but this is far, far better.
One earlier review complained about the constant "drumbeat" of eating and killing, that dinosaurs are portrayed as mindless eating machines. Well, unless you read different science books than I do, I have to say that's pretty much what they were, and what most animals still are. When they're not sleeping or breeding, most animals are either eating, trying to kill another animal, or trying not to be killed. I'm not sure what more the other reviewer expected, because watching dinos sleep makes a pretty slow-moving video.
Still, it's true that the predation is realistic, graphic, and relentless, and might be scary (or "gross") for very young viewers. If you're buying dinosaur shows for your grandchildren, this might not be the best choice. For a proverbial dino-crazed 5-year-old, I recommend Disney's "Dinosaur" movie, or PBS' excellent "Dinosaur Train" series (which actually has good science and a real scientist).
For the adult dinosaur enthusiast, though, and with all respect to Walking With Dinosaurs (a classic, and still one of my favorites) if you only have room for one dino DVD on your shelf, this is the one to buy.