Forget everything you (and your kids) think you know about dinosaurs, and get ready to marvel at the prehistoric creatures' sheer size and beauty. Sure, your tots may think they know their way around the Cretaceous period after viewing more than a few episodes of Dinosaur Train and Dino Dan (which my kids are addicted to!), and having watched the Jurassic Park franchise, you may, too, but when Walking With Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie hits theaters on Dec. 20, all that will change.
Based on the 1999 BBC-produced television series of the same name and the arena show that's been traveling around the world, the movie forgoes the usual focus on popular species like the T. rex and Triceratops and focuses on the Pachyrhinosaurus, following three particular dinos from hatchlings to adulthood with voice-overs by John Leguizamo and Justin Long, among others.
But if you think this is just another dinosaur movie you'll suffer through for the sake of your kids, think again. Here are six reasons (with six exclusive clips!) you'll want to add Walking With Dinosaurs to your Winter break to-do list.
It's Truly Beautiful
Filmed in Alaska and New Zealand, the location shots that serve as the background for the film are simply stunning. The two locales serve as beautiful stand-ins for the Arctic Circle.
The CGI Is the Best We've Ever Seen
Computer-generated imagery (CGI) has come a long way in recent years, and Walking With Dinosaurs takes it to an entirely new level. The producers used James Cameron's digital effects company to create the imagery, and they are the most lifelike we've ever seen.