Discovery Channel has a new dinosaur series for the holiday season. Clash of the Dinosaurs has awesome technology — video and science wise. The animation and robotic animation is perfect, giving a feeling of you-are-there. Sit down with your grand children and have a look.
Virtual body scans, bones, muscles, and body systems come to life. You’ll actually see how their formidable teeth were formed and why. My family enjoyed the action scenes, of course. The age group we shared the preview with was three to 60 years. What could be better than a roaring dinosaur on a big screen home theater? But, they were fascinated by the science, too.
Discovery Channel’s promo blurb says:
…this new series premiers Sunday, Dec 6 at 8 pm (EST). Cinematic photo-real 3D graphics and cutting edge paleontology reveal the inner workings of these magnificent beasts.
You can believe the verbiage. Yes, the skeletons and models we’ve seen for years have thrilled us, I mean, what choices did we have? It’s not like there are old cinematic prints or photo negatives of dinos laying around in prehistoric archives. This series is different, and even if some viewers will notice the heavy repetition of special effect video footage, no one will leave to grab a snack or text a pal while this show is on.
It’s pretty cool, too, to see the big beasts’ skin peeled back and their anatomical workings out there. Those secrets are what made them survive longer than we have, or are likely to. Hats off to the teams of scientists and techies who worked on this show.
Speaking of science – want to know how one man wants to make a dinosaur form a chicken? Watch this two-minute CBS video.
Impress your youngest family members– check out how these technologies are coming of age:
- About 3D and 4D photo real
- Discovery Channel’s extensive dinosaur website
- A scientist who wants to make a real dinosaur
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