Yesterday the "Walking with Dinosaurs - The 3D Movie" trailer came out, revealing footage and a release date (Christmas 2013). If you haven't seen it yet, here it is [link]
Now I'd like to express some thoughts about what I could see so far.
-The movie is going to be technically stunning, about both animals' anatomy and CGI.
This movie could indeed have the honor to have as producers Scott Hartman and the pterosaur expert Mark Witton, and David Krentz as well. These are just three names, but I'm sure many other people took part to the project. So, as I could see in the trailer and knowing how expert these people are, I'm sure the animals will be amazingly reconstructed.
I loved every single animal model, especially the pterosaurs, and I simply screamed for the happiness when I saw some feathered theropods (FINALLY ).
-However, the animals' behavior looks a little antropomorphic. Giving toony or human behaviors to reconstructed animals isn't new: "Dinosaur Planet" and "Dinosaur Revolution" (both produced by Discovery Channel) used it to get a bigger audience. I personally hate this choice. It makes the animals extremely unbelievable. It doesn't make them animals. Unfortunately, for a cinematic product, this choice is probably obligatory, since nobody cares about real animals doing normal stuff. I just hope they will make them less human as possible.
Another thing about behavior is the ferocious and negatively savage side of the animals. In the trailer the archosaurs are shown fighting or trying to kill each other. Once again, the public wants blood-thirsty dinosaurs, so why should anyone make really believable dinosaurs?
Meat-eating dinosaurs are shown willing to kill the innocent protagonist at all costs, even while the forest is burning down.
Sorry guys, but Albertosaurus rested sometimes. Also, they must have been really fat if they hunted so much, right? I just hope they will be shown during a not-hunting activity
When I saw the slow-motion scene of two Pachyrhinosaurus ferociously head-butting, I didn't really like it (it was clearly spectacular), but I don't want to complain about it, just like I don't want to complain about the unfeathered tyrannosauroids, since Yutyrannus was discovered during the production, and it was impossible to modify the models. Also, I think it'd be quite speculative for some people.
-It's problably quite obvious that the species chosen for the story are the ones found in the Horseshoe Canyon Formation. It was a weird choice, because in the 2011 documentary "March of the Dinosaurs" the animals were exactly the same, and I'm sure the stories are similar.
-I didn't really understand if this is going to be a documentary or a simple movie featuring dinosaurs (hopefully without voices telling the story). Let's just see where this is going.
I hope some of my negative considerations will be confuted with the movie release or even with some new footage; for now, we can just sit and wait. Let's hope for something that will finally change the public image of dinosaurs and prehistoric life