The thread about the Korean Tarbosaurus movie reminded me that there is another Asian animated dinosaur movie that came out recently.
'You are Umasou' is a Japanese animated film that seems to be sort of like Disney's Dinosaur. A Maiasaura discovers an abandoned egg that hatches into a theropod, which she raises alongside her other hatchlings. This unusual upbringing repeats itself when the now-adult theropod winds up adopting a baby ankylosaur, which names itself Umasou after the theropod says that it looks delicious ('umasou'). Naturally the other theropods don't take very well to this development.
The trailer is here. As you can see it's not meant to be scientifically accurate, but then it is supposed to be a Land Before Time-esque adventure and not the latest CGI documentary. It's all on youtube with subtitles, by the way. I plan to watch it sometime later in the week.
The themes of family and identity seem to be considerably more complex than those of The Land Before Time or Disney's Dinosaur (and consequently more anthropomorphic). And as Brian points out, 'the dinosaurs themselves are only so in a nominal sense...most of [them] are highly anthropomorphized and act almost as human-dinosaur hybrids. There’s no point in scientifically analyzing every incorrect anatomical point. All the viewer needs to know is that they are in the world of dinosaurs.' It's also worth noting that 'Viewers need an affinity for anime and the various conventions of the animation style.'
Post by Blade-of-the-Moon on Jan 22, 2012 19:25:40 GMT
I loved this film, it's a real tear jerker really.. but also had some funny and exciting parts..not the animation quality of Don Bluth even but still a great story and the characters draw you into the story..def a must.
I found out the animation was based on a series of children's picture books with the same style .
Really how much Dinosaur anime is out there ? I know of Gon, Dinosaur King, the occasional appearance of one in Dragonball and this film..anything else ?
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