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RE: dinotopia is just tv
>My last post might have sounded a little harsh,
and I would like to make my position clearer. I think that the dinosaurs in
>Dinotopia are are quite
I could say the same, but that wasn't my experience. SOME of the externals
of the dinosaurs were in general good; however, nearly all failed in the
particulars. To list a few:
manus of the Brachiosaurus: far too much elephant, not enough
sauropod. They seemed to have done the very common mistake of making the
hands of the sauropods essentially the same as the feet, rather than the very
unusual structures that they were.
"hadrosaurids" seemed an amalgam of Parasaurolophus head, large
dryosaurid body, and old-style theropod hands. URK! Having Mike
Brett-Surman help out with the hadrosaur hands represents one of the earliest
stages of Gurney's attempt to do "serious" (or at least accurate) dinosaur
restorations in the original paintings.
ankylosaur had molars (!?!?!?!) which were big enough for the young female lead
to grasp in her whole hand, rather than the pencil-width (in a very, very large
ankylosaur: in general smaller) tooth that would have to be precision-grasped
between fingers and thumb.
the "troodont" had very few Troodon features; indeed, it struck me as
Jar Jar Binks in a vaugely ornithomimid form. Yes, I know: animators want
fleshy faces to express emotions. Too bad they didn't feather the
individual so that they could give him eyebrows...
the other hand, the T. rex individuals weren't too bad at
Gorgeous landscapes, really cool sets, and (for TV) great human-CG
interaction. Since (in my opinion) it was the beauty of the
landscapes/buildings and the whimsical dinosaur-human interaction, rather than
the plots or verisimilitude, that made the Dinotopia books interesting, I think
Disney managed to capture some of that quite well.
Thomas R. Holtz,
Department of Geology
Director, Earth, Life & Time
University of Maryland
College Park, MD
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