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Really Wild Animals:Dinosa

Dudley Moore    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Without the usual wildlife footage (since cameras obviously weren't around millions of years ago), the folks at National Geographic get very creative in the dinosaur segment of this 44-minute video. Using a combination of traditional and stop-motion animation, a paleontologist interview, silent-film stock, and clips from corny dinosaur movies, narrator Spin (planet Earth as voiced by Dudley Moore) tells the prehistoric slice-of-life story of a Hadrosaurus-egg-stealing Struthiomimus member who, in turn, meets an untimely end at the claws of raptors. As the second segment's title suggests, "Creature Features" is framed as a faux horror movie with Moore adopting a creepy tone as he tells of blood-sucking (and regurgitating) mother bats and squirming maggots who metamorphose into flies. By using this format, the episode has it both ways. It uses a spooky façade to entertain the kids, while debunking the very horror movie myths it capitalizes upon. --Kimberly Heinrichs


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4.0 out of 5 stars Really wild animals June 23 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
My two sons (ages 5 and 3) LOVE this video. Not only does it cover some of their favorite topics- Dinosaurs, bugs, spiders and snakes - but it also includes very interesting, factual and detailed information. And, it makes it fun! Parents will find this interesting as well. It would be a good idea to watch it WITH younger children as some kids may be disturbed by the more graphic/scary dinosaur scenes. Dudley Moore is great as the narrator, and we are planning to get more of National Geographic's Really Wild Animals videos!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Entertaining Aug. 30 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I watched this video with my two sons, ages 6 and 13, and we all loved it! The music, the photography, the animation, the narration and the fun (and sometimes gross) facts make this video well worth it. What an entertaining way to get kids interested and involved in learning more about the world around them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My 3 yr. old son loves this one! Feb. 6 2001
Format:VHS Tape
We rented this video and my son watched it about 10 times. After we returned it to the store, he kept asking for it so I am here at Amazon.com to buy it for him. He loves "Spin" the narrating globe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great learning July 16 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I use my tv as a private teacher. My son only watches educational shows. this series is one of them.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 yr olds can't get enough of this video May 8 2007
By Mom of twins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
We bought this video because our twin boys love dinosaurs and bugs. The first part of the video is all about dinosaurs and relatives of the dinosaurs that are around today - reptiles and birds. The second part is about bugs, bats, vultures, and other "creepy" creatures. The dinosaur footage is old and a bit cheesy, and adults will find the video silly, but our 3 1/2 year olds love this video and ask to watch it every day. There is a lot of scientific information in the video as you'd expect from National Geographic. It is narrated by Dudley Moore. The older video footage is the only reason it doesn't get 5 stars.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Entertaining Aug. 30 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
I watched this video with my two sons, ages 6 and 13, and we all loved it! The music, the photography, the animation, the narration and the fun (and sometimes gross) facts make this video well worth it. What an entertaining way to get kids interested and involved in learning more about the world around them!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really wild animals June 23 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
My two sons (ages 5 and 3) LOVE this video. Not only does it cover some of their favorite topics- Dinosaurs, bugs, spiders and snakes - but it also includes very interesting, factual and detailed information. And, it makes it fun! Parents will find this interesting as well. It would be a good idea to watch it WITH younger children as some kids may be disturbed by the more graphic/scary dinosaur scenes. Dudley Moore is great as the narrator, and we are planning to get more of National Geographic's Really Wild Animals videos!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reviewing Really Wild Animals - a National Geographic program May 12 2007
By Beverly Green - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have two grandsons that dearly love anything to do with Dinosaurs and animals of that nature. This was a gift for Easter and it was a big hit. I received it in about 4 days so I really cannot complain about that. I will use Amazon in the future and always do if I need something that I think I will have a hard time finding.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Dinosaur Roars and Creepy Animals Jan. 30 2007
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
It was a good video. I liked the parts where they tried to make the animals scary, especially the bats. Spin used a funny hahaha voice to try to sound creepy. But it turns out that bats aren't so scary, after all.

Spin does some funny awards for dinosaurs, too.

I would give this video five stars, except I couldn't believe that a duckbill whacked a T-Rex with his tail and won a battle. But I liked the rest of the movie very much.
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