Walking With Dinosaurs 3D
Although there’s bound to be a slew of incoming flack and criticism about this film, let’s all keep in mind that again, we do not live in a broadly scientifically literate world. Jurassic Park went out of its way to provide a Hollywood-style film, writ with loud noises, a snappy script diverse with personalities, most of which were riddled with personal issues, distracting away from the inaccuracies and thrust into the theaters for the lay-movie-goer to absorb (what they feel) is a real depiction of the dinosaurs they’ve come to know (or so they thought).
When I took my son to see Jurassic Park in IMAX 3D, it was purely for the fun of it. However, while even a quarter of the way through the film, I had secretly hoped that Speilberg used the publicity of the film wisely enough to not simply bring people into the theaters just to exploit a decade-old film just “for the fun of it.” Maybe at the end of the film, just before the credits would roll, Speilberg and his paleontologist colleagues would interrupt to leave theater-goers/dinosaur-lovers with some parting knowledge.
What an opportunity this would present him with…capturing the attention of audience members with a visual feast of CGI then leaving everyone with a brief overview on what science and technology has brought forth from the depths of history since the film’s first debut in 1993 in order for us to have a clearer understanding of how these creatures looked, felt, moved, lived and died. Sadly, this wasn’t the case and I sat blank-faced (but ultimately not incredibly surprised) at the scrolling credits in front of a blank, black canvas…a dark screen which could have dinosaur “factoids” running along the side? Just a thought. Unfortunately, no.
Walking With Dinosaurs 3D has been adapted onto the “big screen” in an attempt to transfer the information relayed from the television series. And although it gives off a “Land Before Time” feel, it isn’t. No talking Dinosaurs. No cheesy soundtrack. Although the film’s first look may conjure up Disney nostalgia, once again, it’s not a Disney film. Here’s an opportunity for people to be engaged with a more accurate depiction of the flora and fauna as scientists across various fields have come to understand and through technology/graphic design, able to visually portray to the public. If the lay-movie-goer is not familiar with our current understanding of these creatures, they’re sure to be intrigued by this trailer. And when it’s all said and done, after the apps have been released and the marketing/advertising has done all it can to hype up the film, I would hope those who see it (or rent/buy it later on) have not only been entertained, but educated and their curiosities re-ignited as well.
I, for one, am relieved to see a film like this come out after Jurassic Park 3D and can only assume it was planned this way so that WWD reaches a broader demographic with some good science. I’ll be looking forward to seeing all of our fellow science/paleontology/dinosaur blogs fielding questions, providing links to further people’s interest and reserve judgement until the film is released. Let’s use this opportunity in the mean time - all the time - to educate and empower individuals without a monster-budget film or CGI-dramatics. Power to the tumblr bloggers.
Strictly speaking, this isn’t paleontology news. However, I feel this would be relevant to many of your interests.
In medieval culture, an event like a royal christening is not a private party; it’s the public social event of the year. To not invite any person of rank to such an event is a deadly insult.
Maleficent is certainly someone you wouldn’t want at a party, but she’s also someone powerful enough that only a fool would ever dare treat her with such blatant disrespect. The only way the King and Queen could possibly have gotten away with not inviting Maleficent was to not invite any of the fairies at all; inviting the other fairies and excluding her is explicitly taking sides in the conflict between the fairy factions.
Which means they made themselves her sworn enemies, and she responded by treating them as such from then on. If you actually get into analyzing the social dynamics of the scene, it’s very clear that Maleficent was willing to show mercy at first by giving the King and Queen a chance to apologize for their disrespect to her. She doesn’t curse Aurora until after she gives them that chance and they throw it back in her face with further disrespect.
And yeah, if the King and Queen had done the properly respectful thing and invited her, Maleficent would have given Aurora a scary awesome present. Moreover so would the other fairies, because at that point both sides would be using it as an opportunity to show off and one-up each other. What they gave her before Maleficent showed up was basically just trivial party favors by fairy standards.
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More importantly why doesn’t the King and Queen in Sleeping Beauty know of this policy? This is Royalty 101, an actual king and queen would have gone Machiavelli on that shit and rung those fairies for everything they got. Even moreso, why did they side with the weak, trouble making, and middle aged fairies than the strong, merciful, voluptuous dragon? I said it, dragon. That fairy didn’t have to start shit, Maleficent knew she wasn’t invited and simply gave the King and Queen the benefit of the doubt. The fairies made it a hostile situation by declaring the King’s loyalty to her, literally tempting the dragon and shitting the political pooch. What do you do when you have a powerful enemy? you trick them into thinking they’re your powerful ally so you can screw them over later when you have the means to do so, not let them know where they stand so they can crush you in confidence. If I was the King I would see this as a betrayal, and in turn change my loyalties to Maleficent because she has proven herself to be a patient diplomat and has a reputation as a fearsome warrior, while the fairies I’ve foolishly aligned with will only ruin further treaties and policies and offer nothing strategically.
Call me a turncoat but if you act like that, especially in a time of war and famine, you’re nothing but bursting appendix that needs to be ripped out. A king should have loyalty to his people first and foremost, not a foreign entity that would willingly put his kingdom in jeopardy.
Also consider that Maleficent is not a warlord or a fairy, but a full blown dragon. What is customary for her kind is to devour the king, burn the queen, crunch the fairies under her massive jaws, level the kingdom in fire, and kidnap the princess to horde forever on the first offense alone. What’s more alarming is her insistence on mercy, which normally implies she’s the dragon version of Genghis Khan demanding a peaceful takeover before treating rejection with divine retribution, but instead she simply reacts to this declaration of war by cursing Princess Aurora, which is merciful for Disney standards let alone a modern political climate and especially merciful for a dragon in an age of blood and war.
At this moment I would have disowned the fairies and beg for my daughter back by offering her complete dominion over my kingdom, because I have made foolish decisions as a ruler and she has shown to be most benevolent by sparing my people. A life of sex slavery, regular slavery, humiliation, torture, or even public execution would be a small price knowing my people and family are safe, and knowing her all she demanded was an apology. It would be likely I would still be able to run shit in my kingdom, save for the occasional dragon tax.
Remember, in the entire conversation in the imageset, Maleficent should have been in a rampage. If it was another dragon, that fairy would have been decapitated before she could open her little mouth. Her raven’s expression says it all.
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Marathoned that shit and got caught up with the manga this past month. I used to think naruto was like shit tier but damn its pretty great.