Sunday, June 14, 2015

10 terrific dinosaur movies (that aren’t Jurassic Park)

With the release of Jurassic World , everyone’s love for the original 90s classic is back in full force.
However, if you still need your prehistory fix, there are actually a lot of other fun dinosaur movies that you might have forgotten about, or weren’t even aware of.

The Lost World (1925)

The Lost World
This silent movie based on the book by Arthur Conan Doyle marks the first time that dinosaurs appeared on screen. The film follows Professor Challenger, who heads a newspaper funded expedition to a South American plateau where he believes dinosaurs still roam the Earth. Thought to be lost for years the film later re-emerged. You can admire the attention to detail in this amazing piece of cinema history for free on YouTube .

The Land Before Time (1998)

This Spielberg/Lucas produced animated adventure sees a group of young dinosaurs banding together to reunite with their families after being separated during an earthquake. It’s a bleak and touching tale we loved as children, but cry at as adults.

One Million Years B.C. (1966)

The only thing that most people might remember from this Hammer produced film is Raquel Welch’s fur bikini. The film also includes some 100% accurate scenes of humans battling dinosaurs with spears,

King Kong (2005)

Obviously Kong is the focus in this film, but the dinosaurs arguably steal the show. Although a remake, you can’t deny how impressive the CGI world of King Kong looks compared to it’s 1920s counterpart. There’s a brontosaurus stampede that doesn’t end particularly well, and in this version Kong fights three T-Rexes at once. Wow.

Dinosaur (2000)

Disney’s Dinosaur had mixed reviews upon it’s release, but it seems people have warmed to it over time. The film focuses on an Aladar, an orphaned iguanadon who was raised by lemurs. When a meteor shower destroys his home they join a trek to find a fabled sanctuary. So, a lot like The Land Before Time , but with a very young Hayden Panettiere.

The Valley of Gwangi (1969)

A dinosaur film with a Western crossover, The Valley of the Gwangi sees a group of cowboys capturing a purple T-Rex and making it part of a circus act. Yes – really. It’s anything but Barney though, as trouble quickly rears its ugly head – ending with with one T-Rex being set on fire in a church. Talk about sacrilege.

We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story (1993)

We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story is another animated feature produced by Steven Spielberg. When a lonely boy makes a wish for friends, he gets more than he bargained for when a scientist sends his dinosaurs. The film stars John Goodman as a friendly T-Rex and Felicity Kendal as a Pteradon – a sentence you never thought you’d probably read.

Journey To The Centre of the Earth (1959)

Pat Boone stars in this adventure film in which a group of explorers delve into an Icelandic volcano only to discover a whole new subterranean world, complete with underground ocean, lost city, and yep, you’ve guessed it, dinosaurs. Still an exciting film now, even if the effects haven’t aged particularly well.

The Land That Time Forgot (1975)

The film adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough’s novel initially sees a power struggle between a group of torpedo survivors and German navy officers that took them aboard. Then their ship inadvertently ends up in a land called Caprona where dinosaurs and early man co-exist.

‘Rite of Spring’ from Fantasia (1940)

Okay, so this isn’t an entire film, but it is a lengthy segment of Disney’s Fantasia . The Rite of Spring chronicles the universe from its inception to the extinction of the dinosaurs, and is backed by a tremendously powerful score from Stravinsky.


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