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Bizarre Dinosaurs

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Kid-friendly docu examines strange-looking dinos.

Movie NR 2009 48 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Bizarre Indeed — Beware

Did Common Sense watch this film before reviewing it? The documentary is preoccupied with issues of attraction and mating — the movie’s basic theory is that various dinosaur appendages were about attraction rather than defense, and it just won’t let the issue go. This would be OK — even in a movie rated for “budding paleontologists” 7 and up — if the issue had been handled with some restraint, for example by referring to “mating rituals” and “courting behavior” and such. But no — the narrator cannot stop using the word “sex”, as in “It’s all about sex.” At one point, frustrated, my wife fast-forwarded a bit hoping to get past this stuff and landed on the exclamation “It’s sexy!!” At which point we stopped watching, since after all we had wanted to enjoy a fun and educational dinosaur movie with our youngsters (7, 9 and 11), not field questions about the meaning of “sex” and “sexy” while watching creatures historical and modern bump, grind and “tickle”. The “Sexy Stuff” section of the official review is a total miss, and the whole review — “family friendly”, “7-plus” — is disappointing. To each his own on age-appropriateness, but Common Sense should do a better job flagging potential issues.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

At 48 minutes, this is a perfect length for budding young paleontologists to absorb and enjoy. Differing arguments among scientists about why dinosaurs looked the way they looked leave open to young viewers the option to argue their own opinions and try out their own theories. Bizarre Dinosaurs makes it clear that there are many questions still to be answered, and young viewers may be inspired to make their own helpful discoveries to add to what's known about animals that were kings of the earth millions of years ago. Adding to the interest, paleontologists are seen digging in the ground, examining fossil cat scans in labs, and molding plaster models of what some dinosaurs might have looked like.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 11, 2009
  • On DVD or streaming: February 9, 2010
  • Director: Jenny Kubo
  • Studio: Disney+
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Character Strengths: Curiosity
  • Run time: 48 minutes
  • MPAA rating: NR
  • Last updated: August 24, 2022

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