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**On a side note, if you have really young children (under 10 perhaps?) you may want to watch it with them, but Prehistoric Park presents extinct animals just as any nature show would, so keep in mind it's tasteful.
Of course, you have to ignore the fact that a few individuals do not constitute a viable breeding population, not to mention the fact that the "time gate" consists of two stick-like instruments which Nigel just turns on and sticks into the ground to create a "doorway". But if you can suspend your disbelief, this show is great fun.
Of all the things my 4 and 6 year old daughters like to watch (over and over and over and over), this is by far one of the most bearable for Mommy. Highly recommended, we watch it almost every night.
The series has terrific production values, exciting situations, deadpan delivery and this outstanding, enthusiastic real-life naturalist, Nigel Marven. He's a producer and star of popular British TV natural history programs and was associated with David Attenborough for several years. From the back wearing a bush hat he resembles Andrew Zimern rushing to eat something we don't want to know about. From the front, however, he resembles somewhat a weathered and energetic Rod Taylor, down to his workingman's accent. Nigel Marven is a completely unself-conscious amateur actor in the middle of all the special effects. This integration of live action and impeccable Computer Generated Imagery is what CGI was born to do, not waste its time on comic book movies. The fight between two T-Rexes, one with two babies looking on and Nigel trying to stay out of the way, is far more exciting than the fights between Spidey and Willem Defoe. The CGI visuals with the explanation of the giant meteor strike that most likely led to the disappearance of the dinosaurs is impressive.Read more ›
The paleontology is all intelligent guesses but they are not bad guesses. The animation puppetry etc are just as fine as in the origional "Walking With Dinosaurs". And then there is the fun with Nigel Marvin! He is a real naturalist who can be seen on Animal Planet, and with every hare-brained capture for the Park, my Mum and I would say, "That is just what Nigel would really do!" He has his 'film crew' with him and some of the footage purports to be of their eye-view adventures, such as a shot of Nigel in a tree talking to whomever is holding the camera, or a shot suddenly going wild as an animal charges and the crewman drops the camera and scrambles for safety. This technique to add authenticity is a bit overdone by the "Walking With" people in their shows but is strangely more realistic where Nigel is involved.
Some of the series involves not the captures but settling in the new inhabitents of the Prehistoric Park. These bits are sometimes the best although the humour involving the beleagured park manager Bob is a little much. But then, in zoos and parks world-wide the keepers find themselves in humourous situations because animals are just like that.
If you like this one, check out it's predecessor, "Chased by Dinosaurs" which is Nigel Marvin visiting the past and trying to study animals without being eaten. Which again is just what he'd do in a heartbeat if given the chance.
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After seeing the show on TV I just had to find the dvd's. I was excited to watch it again and enjoyed the fun and laughter.Published 13 days ago by Lara Peek
My 6 year old son is obsessed with this film! It is very well made!Published 1 month ago by Joy E McDermott
Older series, but is a great one for families. CGI graphics were really well done and make the idea of bringing dinosaurs back to current times believable. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Reynolds
6 year old son loves these movies. He wanted to watch the Jurassic park series but I feel he is too young so I found these DVDs that are better suited for his age.Published 1 month ago by Binks
WE LOVED THIS! IT WAS AN INGENIOUS IDEA, VERY WELL MADE AND THOROUGHLY ENTERTAINING.Published 3 months ago by liberty
Great for kids who are interested in Prehistoric life. It tells it's tale in such a unique way, very creative.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Cute and educational at the same time. Very entertaining, for both children and Adults. Enjoyed watching this!Published 3 months ago by Stephen B.
I love it because its full of prehistory and the star of the show nigel marvin the zoologist.Published 4 months ago by Chrissy (mom) and Ian (Son)