This Show Is Dino-Mite!

August 16, 2008

I was flipping channels earlier this evening and came across a documentary on the making of Walking With The Dinosaurs – The Live Experience show. It’s an awfully long name for a show, but I think just by watching the behind-the-scenes documentary, I can sum it up with just one word courtesy of Keanu Reeves in The Matrix – “Whoa!” (does that even qualify as a word if it sounds more like an exclamation? I digress…)

The Live Experience show is like The Muppet Show meets High Tech Animatronics meets Jurassic Park featuring life-sized dinosaurs controlled by multiple puppeters. I heard one of the commentators mention that it took a few miles of fabric to “skin” these giant dinosaur robots – can you imagine how big that cutting table has to be?

The show has a total of fifteen dinosaurs, and it looks like the show producers recreated all the crowd favorites – there’s the dinosaur with the very long neck, that rhino lookalike that has two horns, the one with the rows of giant spikes on the back, and the bird dinosaur with the bat wings. Oy, I need a refresher course in paleontology!

Awww, it’s a baby T-rex!

The crocodile is not part of the show, but it is an animal that hasn’t changed much since the dinosaur age. Our crocodile toy is pretty JUMBO at 21″, but it’s not life sized like these dinosaurs! The tallest one clocks in at 36 feet high – that’s like a three storey building!

When I did my research on the show, I found out the show has been touring various US cities since last summer to sold out crowds, so it proves two things:

1) A million spectators can’t be wrong

2) I must have been living under a prehistoric rock to not have heard about this show!

Click here to find out more about the show and check if it’s coming to your neck of the woods.

Extra yummy: There’s a ton of really cool games based on the dinosaur show available on the BBC website. You can choose between a full-fledged computer game or other equally entertaining flash games. My two favorites are the jigsaw puzzle game where you try to piece together dinosaur skeletons, and the dinosaur poop matching game. I’m not kidding – it’s a guess-which-dinosaur-pooped-this game!


Room Candy – always yummy!


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