One of our favorite natural history subjects, the dinosaur, gets a makeover like never before in the fantastically ambitious and groundbreaking animated feature film, DINOTASIA, narrated by legendary director Werner Herzog (Fitzcarraldo, Grizzly Man). On November 6, Flatiron Film Company, a label of Cinedigm Entertainment Group (NASDAQ: CIDM), will release DINOTASIA on DVD/Blu-ray and digital platforms. A marriage between classic visual storytelling and CGI dinosaurs, the film is an anthology of prehistoric stories created in the cartoon-style of the Golden Age of animation. The DVD/Blu-ray includes the 83-minute feature film plus an extended scene, a mating rites extra story, and a stunning hand-drawn version of the final story..
The film is co-directed by long-time Herzog collaborator Erik Nelson and Disney character designer David Krentz. “The Sunday Times said it best,” says Nelson, “when they called DINOTASIA the ‘Sopranos of the Mesozoic.’”.
DINTOTASIA is not a documentary or nature film, but a love letter to fans of bizarre, graphic novel-style film vignettes and classic film animation. Werner Herzog, an early fan of the project, lends his inimitable style as narrator, serving as a tour guide to DINOTASIA’s strange world. Audiences can feast their eyes on mind-blowing vignettes including: the saga of a dinosaur family under siege from a rogue T-Rex; a post-apocalyptic narrative set in the aftermath of THE asteroid that destroys most of the earth; and the adventures of a dinosaur that ingests the Jurassic equivalent of a psychedelic mushroom. The fact that all of the stories are based on hard science and the fossil record makes the end product even more amazing..
The animated stories are told in a purely visual style not seen since the classic era of silent filmmaking and the pioneering early work of Walt Disney Studios. Aside from brief “Herzogian” narration to introduce each sequence, the film has no character dialogue, just music and imagery. Based on current research findings from recent paleontology studies, Dinotasia uses CGI to bring to life many creatures that have been discovered in the past 10 years. The back plates for the animated action were primarily shot in Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, and in the old-growth forests of Humboldt County in Northern California.
5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital
Subtitles - English
Deleted and Extended
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