#walking with dinosaurs
Wow, without all the annoying dialogue, Walking with Dinosaurs is actually a pretty damn good dinosaur movie.
(they even got the Tyrannosaur sounds right)
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Alien: Human Sheila I have a issue to report
Sheila: ya what's wrong?
Alien: well I walked past human Andy's room and I heard him crying in there. Is it another depressive episode?
Sheila: kind of...how do I put it. He has alor of love for old life on earth. Mainly dinosaurs.
Alien: Pardon me but what is a "dinosaur"?
Sheila: I'm not the 100% best to explain it. Andy is. Howevee I can give a basic run down and when he's claimed down you can ask him.
Sheila: So. Dinosaurs were an ancient species that lived on earth many millions of years ago and many of them would evolve into modern day birds. They ranged in size from smaller then a baby chicken to larger then some buildings and with some even getting heavy as 100tons on land.
Alien:...I'm sorry I may have misheard. 100ton land animals???
Sheila: Ya. However we don't know everything about them. We know quite abit but not everything. We've seen fossils since civilization began and never really cared for them alot. Sometimes even destroying them out of religous fanaticism and other times cause they were in the way. So we lost alor of history because of certain persons and times.
Alien: and these persons were never criminalized? Tried or found guilty?
Sheila: At the time we didn't know. And we wouldn't be able to tell who did what when and where. So it's possible something even bigger was out there as a sea creature or a flying reptile and we will never know. Maybe even dragons. Not the fire breathing kind just large gliding reptiles that spat nasty chemicals.
Alien: oh a scientific view on fantastical creatures! But let's go back. You said fanatics? Of who or what?
Sheila: well...what groups exactly and who led them we don't know. Best guess that history has taught us would be Christians and other religons associated with them. From what Andy has told me about them is they believed a demon placed them on earth to make humans no want God anymore. A trick or a test.
Alien: My species has a religion but our being never said anything. They said to keep pushing forward. To advance even if its a crawl. To be better everyday even slightly. To learn and grow and live. That is both our duty and worship to them.
Sheila: well they seem nice. Some of ours however howevee could easily be called bastards or even demons. Others are very dark grey. And only a small handful of them are what can be called good in the modern human sense. But we are getting off topic!
Alien: yes my apologies! So why is he crying?
Sheila: well the dinosaurs are gone. Birds are now classified as modern dinosaurs but Wes sad the past one are all gone and that many modern species are extinct. They didn't die off from a disease or new species. But a random asteroid 10 km across smashed into the gulf of Mexico perfectly causing a 70% extinction event on earth. The dinosaurs died out slowly over the next thousand years.
Alien: well that's awful! We've seen planets who have gone dead because of space based objects! But 70% and life still survived??
Sheila: ya. And it wasn't the first extinct event or the last. The Permian extinction which was the third known one almost killed the earth. 95% of all life died. We still don't know exactly what.
Sheila: ya. And Andy feels for every species gone. Past present and future. It gets so bad he can't function. Heck he was watching a old documentary series called walking with dinosaurs and he just lost it after every episode. The series was an awarding smash hit for earth scientists and dinosaur fans for its revolutionary style and story telling. It was like being there at the time and watching it all happen naturally. Of course alot of it is wrong and alot is write and alot is speculation. But it's still an amazing documentary made by people for entertainment and learning. Episode 4 and 6 however hit him the hardest.
Alien: what happens in these episodes?
Sheila: I have the files here for the episodes. Perhaps it's best you see them yourselves.
Alien: alright I will. If you'll check on Andy.
Sheila: on it.
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So i heard Giant of the Skies had it’s 22nd anniversary a few days back
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So I watched a few clips of that god-awful Walking With Dinosaurs movie from 2013 except the voiceover was removed. Let me tell you, it was a GAME-CHANGER. The purely visual storytelling is so much better than what ended up getting released in theatres, and if I remember correctly, the voiceover was a last-minute addition anyway. The visuals are stunning and I actually find myself really liking the story and characters when they're presented this way.
Anyway, here's my headcanon: Patchi is female and her and Juniper are the lead matriarchal pair of the herd.
If you pay attention to the design conventions of the Pachyrhinosaurus herd, you'll notice that the males are all an olive grey-green in colour while the females are sort of peachy-orange. The males also flush their frills with bright red and sulfur yellow colouration when they're fighting one another.
Patchi, though presented as male in the voiceover version, starkly contrasts with the other males of his herd in the sense that he appears much more... *feminine.* Being that, unlike his brother Scowler, Patchi is the same peachy-orange as his sisters and the other females in the herd. His frill also never flushes with colour like the other males' do in his adulthood, and he never changes to match the grey-green of the adult males.
If you had only ever watched the narrator-less version, you'd likely assume Patchi was female when you see how dissimilar to Scowler she looks. There's really nothing in the film itself that implies Patchi is male aside from what's stated in the voiceover, and of course the generally assumed heterosexuality of characters in media. Patchi is shown as being interested in another young Pachyrhinosaur, and fights Scowler for her and for leadership of the herd. Because of this, based on how people perceive animal behaviour, people assume Patchi is male.
A few other things that can support Patchi actually being female is that she's generally shrugged off by Scowler and Bulldust when she tries to participate in activities with them; knocking over small trees, rolling in the dust, or sparring. Scowler actually *chases* after Patchi at first before the two of them bonk heads, implying Patchi initially had no drive to engage in headbutting with Scowler. All of these things could be interpreted as Patchi having the desire to lead the herd and prove her strength and cunning against the males, but because she's female, she's met with looks of disapproval from her contemporaries. This could also be why Scowler so vehemently despises her in their adulthood; making a show of driving Juniper away from Patchi when he first takes over leadership of the herd, and ignoring Patchi's calls when crossing the frozen lake. After she usurps his leadership through saving the majority of the herd from the breaking ice, Scowler finally gives her the fight she wants and she loses. Though she gives up briefly, she's spurred into action by the memory of meeting Juniper for the first time (that's some lesbian passion right there), and in the end, she wins leadership of the herd not through brute strength in a fight with Scowler, but through her boldness and encouragement of the herd to fight back against the Gorgosaurs. She proves herself as a reliable and strong leader without a show of physical prowess.
The nest of eggs at the end is interpreted by most people to belong to Patchi and Juniper, but the two of them have clearly left the nest almost entirely unattended, so I personally don't think it's theirs. Patchi runs off a Troodon and Juniper is seen grazing a pretty decent distance away, appearing to be pretty unbothered that a nest of what people assume to be *her* eggs was almost decimated by a predator. At this point, I think the pair of them have taken on the duty of being the herd guardians, watching over the year's brood and chasing off predators from nests whose mothers have gone off to forage.
So yeah, these dinosaurs are gay. I reject the voiceover version because it sucks, and the 25 minute long Bendytick Crumbledump version as well because that one was only shown in museum theatres and I've never seen it, so it doesn't exist.
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Beasts of the Mesozoic: Tyrannosaur Series Action Figures
Beasts of the Mesozoic is a line of scientifically accurate, dinosaur action figure collectibles with elaborate detail and articulation
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I really like the color grading in BBC’s Sea Monsters, specifically the Cretaceous segment.
The underwater shots in the Cretaceous segment all have this grimy-looking filter over them:
Every other segment of the show features clear blue waters, even when dealing with incredibly dangerous animals. Their shared color palette gave them a degree of calm and familiarity that offsets the peril Nigel keeps finding himself in. But, for this final section, the most dangerous sea in history, the colors are intentionally washed out.
It looks darker and grimier and less pleasant than the rest of the series. There’s something about seeing these teeming oceans dominated by tones of grey and green and purple that’s just... wrong.
Without saying a word, it tells the audience that this sea is in a whole different league to the rest. The pleasantries are over; the real danger has begun.
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The sub-adult Allosaurus jimmadseni specimen MOR 693, better known as Big Al, is probably one of the most well-known fossils, especially during it's feature in BBC's Walking with Dinosaurs special "The Ballad of Big Al".
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Made these beautiful memes for you guys, hope you like them.
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WWD2020: Ornitholestes hermanni
It’s WWD2020 time again! Continuing on with Episode 2: Time of the Titans, here’s one that’s been a long-time favourite of mine ever since I first saw Walking With Dinosaurs, Ornitholestes hermanni!
Ornitholestes has had a very long history as a fossil, and has gone through a lot of different looks over the years. The WWD incarnation with bristly quills and a nose horn is peak 90s for Ornitholestes, and is actually based very closely on Greg Paul’s 1988 illustration:
When WWD was made, Ornitholestes was considered a coelurosaur, which basically in this context means it was a Generic Small Theropod. Recently though it’s been placed as a possible basal member of maniraptora, the group including dromaeosaurs, birds, and many other weird theropods. As such, I’ve given it wings and a slightly-raised second toe, the beginnings of a sickle claw.
I also really enjoy the behaviours that the WWD Ornitholestes shows during the episode! One of my favourites is that while standing around, they’ll sometimes itch their leg or side with their hands, and I decided to keep that in the redesign cause I just think it’s cute.
So, how about that nose crest huh? Personally I find it one of the most iconic WWD designs, but turns out the crest was never there in the first place. The only skeleton of Ornitholestes has a badly smushed skull, and our friend Grag Paul thoughy one of the sticky-uppy bits of bone supported a crest in life. Turns out though, that sticky-uppy bit of bone was like that because it was broken out of place, and the real Ornitholestes had a rather average-looking nose.
One weird thing about the WWD Ornitholestes that doesn’t make sense is how big and chunky the head is. Ever since its discovery Ornitholestes has been known to have a pretty small head and long neck, then WWD slaps a big ol 80s carnosaur head on instead? Weird
Featherssss!!! Well, “””quills””” technically but it’s something!! By 1999 feathered dinosaurs were a scientific fact, but the limitations of CGI at the time meant that a lot of the dinosaurs that should have been feathered were not. I’ve significantly enfloofened my redesign with wings and a full coat, but I did try to keep the little mohawk it’s got going on!
I’m also very fond of the colours on this one, they’re complex and interesting and feel very naturalistic, the brown and greys contrast really well with the bright splash of blue! What I didn’t expect though was that putting that colour pattern onto a fully fluffy Ornitholestes made it look kinda like a roadrunner. I wonder if that was one of the original inspirations?
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Ridiculous title aside, this Japanese dinosaur mini-series is easily the most ambitious, up-to-date, and beautifully-animated documentaries I’ve ever seen. A perfect balance of both fact and well-educated speculation allows for a wide variety of unique and interesting behaviors to be portrayed. This also includes fight scenes that put even Jurassic Park to shame.
Amazing Dinoworld-Curiosity Stream
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Having been extremely excited by THE DINOSAURIA trailer, might I please ask if you've ever seen WALKING WITH DINOSAURS? (The BBC series from 1999, rather than the later animated film); if you haven't seen it yet, then please be assured that you've missed a Treat!
Anon, I definitely appreciate the recommendation, don't get me wrong, but -
Not only is Walking With Dinosaurs my actual favorite piece of media ever, the thing you'd find the closest to my heart if you cut it open, but I literally would not be able to talk to you right now if it wasn't for it. Allow me to explain:
To say that dinosaurs were one of my very first obsessions (or hyperfixations) is to understate the hell out of just how utterly strongly I loved dinosaurs and acted on it, and I don't state more because I don't quite feel like revealing the face and name of who's writing this just yet. I grew up watching dinosaur documentaries (and documentaries in general) more so than even cartoons, and I was definitely extremely obsessed with dinosaurs before WWD arrived in my life.
But all of the documentaries I had watched to that point, whether I caught them on tv or DVD or casette, had all been dubbed in Portuguese (since, y'know, I live in Brazil and all). But when my mom brought over Walking With Dinosaurs, there was no Portuguese dub option, so I had to watch it with subs on.
And I watched this series so, so many times, that I picked up the basics of English from it. I started watching other documentaries I had with English subs, and then movies, and then I started taking English classes and the works to tune it, and I was speaking English at an adult level at age 12 (likely earlier, but my memories are spotty and the oldest email I have from a conversation overseas dates from that age) and I kinda just never stopped writing and thinking and talking to myself in English since then.
I never really had an easy time picking up other languages when I tried them, but it was specifically because of Walking With Dinosaurs that I picked up enough English to become proficient at it early on, and that's informed a lot, pretty much everything, of my life ever since. To be honest I still speak with a slight British inflection, because Kenneth Branagh was my frame of reference for the English language. So trust me, I have absolutely seen Walking With Dinosaurs, maybe as much as anyone can possibly see it short of gluing it to the eyeballs 24/7. I've also watched all of the other Walking With series and spin-offs (and yes, even that horrid film, I refuse to discuss it further) like The Ballad of Big Al and Walking With Monsters and Walking With Beasts and of course all of the Nigel Marvin spin-offs, including Prehistoric Park. I've been wanting to give the extended Walking With universe a rewatch recently.
But every year, without fail, I make it a point to rewatch Walking With Dinosaurs. Doesn't matter when or how, my DVDs of it don't really work anymore, but I find a way to rewatch it. I know exactly what's gonna happen every year and it's impact has never been diminished. Every year, I get chills when Brachiosaurus shows up looming over the teenage Diplodocus pack and the music just SWELLS in dread and awe alike. I dread the scene of the Cynodonts eating their baby to spare it from the Coelophysis pack. I eagerly await the nefarious joy of just waiting for Liopleurodon to pounce out of the water to eat the theropod, because fuck off if that's physically impossible, that scene absolutely still kicks ass. I'm writing this post while listening to Islands of Green because you bet the soundtrack to this series lives rent free in my head as well. I can immediately hear the specific sounds and roars of each animal in it just by thinking of them.
I cry every year when Ornithocheirus dies alone after such a grueling journey just to fulfill a biological drive he cannot resist, and I still cry when the baby T-Rexes try to get their dead mom to wake up just as the meteor strikes and swipes them all away to nothingness, not even joking I'm actually getting chills right now just describing that scene and the "This is the end, of the age of the dinosaurs" line, God. Every year I find some new moment in the series that makes me incredibly emotional in a way it hadn't before, whether it's the Postosuchus getting eaten from the inside out after being toppled by a minor injury, or the forest fire that tears through the jungle and leaves charred dinosaurs behind. I'm getting chills just listening to the end credits theme right now.
Even today, there has never been anything in media that's ever made dinosaurs feel more real than Walking With Dinosaurs did, and that was the trick that all of it's imitators failed to understand: Even through it's dramatic soap opera lenses, it depicted dinosaurs not as great and glamorous movie monsters, but as real animals, no more or lesser than the ones living on the planet now. It doesn't make dinosaurs exciting by showing them as some mythical fantasy cooler than our current reality, it made dinosaurs exciting by showing they WERE reality, and reality can be just as cool and exciting and mythical as anything fantasy can give you, if not more so, if you stop to look at it with the same unclouded fascination and curiosity you'd reserve for something not real.
There was a time where I distanced myself from my love of dinosaurs for, a lot of reasons really, but I'm thankful that I never succeeded in making it go away, that I got to watch Jurassic Park at a movie theater a couple years recently and cry at the reveal of the Brachiosaurus in a way I never did in the over three dozen times I watched the movie at home, that I got to finally read Raptor Red, that I still get all these feelings over just thinking about Walking With and it's spin-offs.
More than maybe anything else, I think this series is what informs my storytelling and my sense of adventure. Everyone has that story, that adventure, either one or several, that's imprinted on them from an early age and subsequently defines everything they do or undertake as storytellers no matter how distanced from it. And I think if I was to point at anything from my childhood, I would point to Walking With Dinosaurs and the lives it depicted, regardless of how real or accurate they were.
Even right now, the fact that I'm typing this out to talk to you, that I'm confident enough in my English skills to even record audio in English for coming projects, that I made this entire blog full of essays in English about things I find creatively inspiring, is owed in no small part to my childhood adoration for Walking With Dinosaurs, the bedrock of what I am as a creator, and even if the show didn't have that particular impact on me, I'd still carry it to the rest of my life.
Everything about this show is ingrained into my bones and soul, maybe as deeply as anything is ever going to be.
Hmm. Who did I find it most difficult to work with?
Animators! Definitely animators!
You know? “Chase this dinosaur”, “Chase that dinosaur!” You’d swear we couldn’t act!
It’s sooo degrading
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Walking With Dinosaurs (1999).
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Pricing- The large 1/18th scale T. rex will be $200 each and the 1/35th scale T. rex will be $60 each on Kickstarter. As with previous series’, the prices will increase a bit afterward for the preorder and then again for retail. Projected release is Sept. 2022, but since we already have the fine cuts in development, this is a conservative estimate and it could be a little sooner. Also, the special edition variants will be $210 and $65 respectively due to the more elaborate packaging.
Standing- the standing issue will be resolved with interchangeable solid lower legs that peg into the base, with the intention that you use one lower leg essentially as the ‘stand’ while the other leg remains poseable. This will be the case with all figures 14″ and larger. Anything smaller than that will still require a standing rod due to the small feet and/or to maintain a specific price point. Flat foot standing without the base may be possible, but I won’t know for sure until we have test shot figures completed.
The initial funding goal will be for the four T. rex figures- the standard 1/18th and 1/35th scale figures, plus the two special edition variants-1/18th ‘Dino Riders homage’ T. rex and the 1/35th ‘Walking with Dinosaurs homage’ T. rex. All of the other figures shown so far will be stretch goals and the order will be revealed during the Kickstarter campaign. The exact time of launch will be Sept. 22nd at 11am EST.
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Amphibia, Owl House, Carmen Sandiego, Mao Mao Heroes of Pure Heart, Song of the Sea, The Breadwinner, Wolfwalkers, Owls of Ga’Hoole, Into the Spiderverse, Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron, How to Train your Dragon, Walking with Dinosaurs/Monsters/Beasts, Butterfly Soup, Pokemon, Monster Hunter, Yugioh, Kirby, Neopets, Saurian, Paleo Pines, Prehistoric Kingdom, Hilda, Glitch Techs, Infinity Train, Invader Zim, Kipo, Jurassic Park/Word.
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New Horizons Paleo Patterns
I made some dino-media shirts and such on NH. Hope you enjoy! I may have some more designs to share at a later date.
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Frida patting an Iguanodon
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SO YALL SAW MY MAN MADE DINOSAUR POST DID YA!?!?! WELL LETS TALK REAL DINOSAURS NOW!!! BTW TALK TO ME ABOUT DINOSAURS AND STUFF
Jurassic park, walking with dinosaurs, national geographic, Disney's dinosaur, land before time and rather old dinosaur books got me into loving these long gone bird bois and girls as well as their reptile flying and swimming friends.
Even now when I see the brachiosaurus scene and hear that music welling up I get the shakes and get tears in my eyes!
Then there's good old Roberta the tyrannosaurus. Ya her name was roberta not Rexy. However you could call her both that always works. A stunning icon for the species.
Then we come to jurassic park 3 the infamous child of the series. Loved this film despite its issues. What made me love it was its monster dinosaur, the spinosaurus
I wanna jump now to fallen kingdom my least favorite of the jurassic park story. The reason was...well the dock scene. I don't wanna elaborate you know what I speak of...*crying*. However thats not what I wanna talk about. When our human clone Maisie released the dinosaurs from a terrible fate I internally cheered. If the dinosaurs HAVE to go extinct again let them go under the stars or the sun. Not in a gas filled chamber. She did the right thing.
When I watch walking with dinosaurs I still cry like a baby at episode 4 and 6. This documentary series didn't pull any punches and it was the first time I cried towards any form of media
National geographic always has awsome dinosaur art I would just marvel at. Even paleoart in general. The amount of work and time making them is amazing and I wish I saved those pages and framed them. I gotta find the artists
Despite Disney's dinosaur having issues like all forms of historical media it was still a overall good story. The carnotaurs introduced me to the bull and I love the design. Hell I even have a figure of it in my bedroom besides PJ'S king Kongs vestatasaurus Rex
Need I say anything about land before time? Actually there is one. Sara was always an arse and I never liked her. Petrey, Ducky, and Spike were always my favorites. Spike probably made be a Foodie. Thanks alot you loveable dumb stegosaurus
I don't remember the book series but they came in three HUGE binders of books. I think it was the entire series all showing 1980s style of dinosaurs and so on. Crap I gotta remember what they were.
And then there's deadsounds magnum opus. Dinosauria. A *to my knowledge* 5 episode series of dinosaur stories he himself has animated and created by himself. So far two episodes have been shown and both are heart wrenching and beautiful examples of paleomedia. And darn it why can't I have more images!?!?
And truth be told I can't truly pick favorites. I love them all and I'm so hecking sad their extinct. (I am aware birds are dinosaurs bur you know what I mean). They didn't die of by changes in environment that was naturally made by the planet. They didn't change into new things because of the planet. They died because a hunk of space rock from nowhere came crashing in a screwed everything up. Nature didn't select them to die MALCOLM space was just an asshole and stuff happened.
If I could I'd defiantly do what Hammond did and bring them back in some kind of form. I understand the impacts on nature it'll do, what it could do to the dinosaurs, and humans in general. However with enough time, multiple voices, many form of expertise from many groups of people, and cooperation it can be done. We can bring back extinct species. Perhaps not perfectly like they were but close enough to where they can survive in this world and we can deal with new neighbour's. It can be done.
I would love to see another spin off of jurassic park where we see the lives of animal handlers and caretakers in the various parks. So the scene I would love to see most of is where a cartaker is calling to a triceratops by name and in a rampant calling/screaming said triceratops comes charging towards their handler not in violence but "OH MY GOD MOM!!! YOUR BACK!!!" Kinda like how you'd see handlers interact with large animals they cared for deeply. Or something similar to that. Jurassic park and it's story dosnr always have to be "AAHHH DINOSAURS ARE MONSTERS AND ATE MY HANDS". I would love to see more wholesome moments. More animal moments if you will.
What really sucks abour dinosaurs is that we will never know the full category. Ever. This was explained by kurzgesagt that there's an unkown unkown zone in biological history. This was caused by scavengers, natural events, acidic earth in jungles and so on. So there could have been some really crazy animals out there that we will never again see or know about. Hell perhaps even dragons or something that can be called a dragon could have existed.
Honestly I love them all. Even those that arnt dinosaurs by definition such as aquatic and air based reptiles. I love them all and I'm so sad their gone, mocked, and everything else that's negative. Hell eveey extinct animal I'm sad about. All of them. Even the giant sea scorpions and so on.
Also youtube, why are there so many dumb children's toy dinosaur videos. What the heck how do I fix this shit?
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Dinosaur That Screams Every Time The Sun Rises and Sets my beloved
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