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RE: What do you hate about dino-docs?

Anthropomorphism is of course usually bogus, especially in stories for
children (the old Disney paradigm), but at least some animals do have (or
potentially have) life stories or episodes that embody real drama. These may
include: Life-or-death struggles among rivals or against predators,
courtship and parental care, other long-term recurrent interactions among
individuals, exploration of unfamiliar territory, behavioural innovation in
response to novel resources or to overcome a specific handicap (e.g.
injury), social interactions (including play) among family members, other
conspecifics, and individuals and groups of mixed-species communities.
That's already plenty to build stories around without anthropomorphizing
unduly, as long as you pick a species/community that isn't too boring. I can
only think of one example where this was really well done for dinosaurs,
Bakker's 'Raptor Red' (some people automatically hated it because it was
Bakker, but people are like that). I wonder who owns the film rights?  It's
probably a good thing it wasn't filmed in the 90's, because now it could be
done with feathers!


Dr John D. Scanlon, FCD
Riversleigh Fossil Centre, Outback at Isa
19 Marian Street / PO Box 1094
Mount Isa  QLD  4825
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Email: riversleigh@outbackatisa.com.au

-----Original Message-----
From: David Krentz [mailto:ddkrentz@charter.net] 
Sent: 14 November, 2007 2:42 PM
To: juravenator@trilobiteanimation.com
Cc: Brad McFeeters; Dinosaur
Subject: Re: What do you hate about dino-docs?

   I'm curious about how many of you feel about the anthropamorphism  
of dinosaurs.  That is, turning them into characters who are seemingly  
involved in a three act story structure, often with human motives.  Is  
a "relatable" animal good for science?  Could we care for a baby  
tyrannosaur who kills a "peaceful" anatotitan?  I suppose science has  
nothing to do with anthropamorhism, and it may in fact be a dirty  
word, but its hard to deny the fact that public interest is generated  
by such a concession.  Just food for thought.

David Krentz

On Nov 13, 2007, at 7:43 PM, Chris Harris wrote:

> Brad McFeeters wrote:
> "...If feathers were too expensive to animate, why not avoid  
> depicting maniraptors in the show?  IIRC, they were only minor  
> "characters" in WWD anyway..... "
> ---------
> Come on, how many kids would jump up and down if they had left them  
> out?!
> These are "Raptors!", big scary things with teeth! Kids love that  
> stuff! How could they
> leave them out.
> -----------
> Dino Guy Ralph wrote:
> "...the result is that their sequels and
> spin-offs perpetuate antiquated stereotypes of scaly coelurosaurs.""
> -------
> I whole heartedly agree with you there - aside from budgetory  
> reasons there really is no excuse for this.
> JP3 tried to do this while sticking to the original design, but for  
> continuity reasons they couldn't completely
> cover them. Lets face it, while JP's raptors looked very good, the  
> science for there actual existence isn't very solid. I consider the  
> raptors in JP a cool movie monster rather than an actual dino.
> - Chris
> -------