As they try to save the island, Carl and David (Tyron Leitso and Wentworth Miller) struggle not only with tyrannosaurs and prehistoric crocodiles, but also with repressive Dinotopian traditions and a scheming malcontent (David Thewlis) who stirs up all kinds of trouble. Meanwhile, they also wrestle with each other over the lovely daughter of the mayor of Waterfall City (Katie Carr).
The pacifist ideals of Dinotopia are refreshing, but it's the special effects that will hook viewers: riding on the backs of brachiosaurs, flying atop pteranadons, arguing in court with triceratops and ankylosaurs. Anyone fascinated with dinosaurs (and who isn't?) will enjoy this whimsical fantasy. A host of British character actors also helps keep the human side of this four-hour mini-series lively; Alice Krige (also known as the Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact) gets a much more benevolent role here. --Bret Fetzer
Combining live action with cutting-edge computer animation, Dinotopia is a mega-sized miniseries which tells the fantastical story of humans living in peace with dinosaurs. When two brothers get shipwrecked on an island called Dinotopia, they discover the pleasures and surprises of a land in which humans and dinosaurs coexist as friends and equals. Based on the books by the talented illustrator James Gurney, Dinotopia is a project that lives up to the ambition of its creators. In addition to newcomers Tyron Leitso, Wentworth Miller and Katie Carr, the series stars David Thewlis and features the vocal talents of Lee Evans and Terry Jones.
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