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Vintage Dinosaur VHS: Dinosaurs (the Official Natural History Museum video)

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Some years back – well, in 2019, but 2019 feels like a very long time ago now – I reviewed the Eyewitness Dinosaur video, released on VHS in 1994. While I happened to own that one back in the day, Dave Hone (for it was he) recently drew my attention to another early ’90s dinosaur-related video that had, somehow, escaped my childhood gaze. (My parents probably didn’t let me hang around for long enough in the Natural History Museum gift…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: The Land Before Time

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Hello! With the review of the actual movie out of the way, today I’m going to review all the creatures great and small from Don Bluth’s The Land Before Time! Somebody’s gotta do it. It’s too late to celebrate the movie’s thirtieth birthday and it’ll be a good while before another significant anniversary comes up, so now is as good a day as any. I’m just going over all creature and character designs roughly in order of appearance. Let’s see…

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The Land Before Time: A Look Back

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December always puts me in the mood for nostalgia. With it being cold and damp out and whatever’s left of the holidays promising a particularly miserable time this year, all I want is to cosy up on the couch with a hot cocoa and a childhood movie. As this difficult year draws to a close, I think it’s time to finally talk about the ultimate childhood dinosaur movie. After all, it still counts as Vintage Dinosaur Art, doesn’t it? (this…

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Vintage Dinosaur VHS: Eyewitness Dinosaur

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Back in the 1990s, any trip to the library had to involve raiding the shelves for Dorling Kindersley’s Eyewitness books. Packed with lavish photography printed on the glossiest of high-quality paper, they were a real visual feast when compared with contemporary kids’ non-fiction. The then-unusual approach of isolating objects (be they model dinosaurs, fossils, living animals, cars, archaeological artifacts or whatever else) on a stark white background made them instantly striking. Of course, there was an Eyewitness Dinosaur book, and…

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Marc’s review

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So we’ve reached the fifth installment of the Jurassic Park franchise. I never thought I’d see it. It’s a series doomed to diminishing returns by the very nature of its first chapter. “Do you remember the first time you saw a dinosaur?”, Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire asks Chris Pratt’s Owen during a rare quiet moment. Those of us old enough to remember watching the first movie in cinemas certainly do. It was a special effects breakthrough that ‘more of the…

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