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I took the little man to see "Walking With Dinosaurs" last night. It was very cool. We started with a mostly blank stage and a 'paleontologist' (not sure if he's real, or not) talking us through the evolution of the planet. It was a brief segment and then we were in the Triassic period with the evolution of the egg, Plateosaurus and the first dinosaurs. The first scene was a predator snapping a baby up from the nest as the hatchlings broke free... and then running around the stage with the baby swinging back and forth from its jaws. I imagine a few kids might have found that disconcerting, but we were talking about the food chain. Isaac asked why he was eating the baby and it was a simple answer: everyone has to eat, and it's just like Scooter (our snake) eating mice. "Oh." His eyes were riveted to the stage.

The dinosaurs were cool. And having the actor on the stage gives you a sense of scale you couldn't have otherwise.

As the story progresses, he talked about the evolution of the planet, as well. The breaking up of Pangaea and the drift of the continental plates, the evolution of plants, the first appearance of flowers and their relationship with bugs. It was all very interesting, and every once in a while one of the dinos went after our erstwhile host. Which the kids seemed to really like.

The Brachiosaurus was impressive... you don't normally sit up in the stands and have something look down at you. And toward the end we got a bit of humor in the form of a baby T-Rex who wanted very much to be as impressive as Mommy. The little roars got lots of laughs and then the paleontologist couldn't herd him off the stage. Isaac wanted to bring him home, and when he decided that having the dinosaur sleep in his room wasn't a good idea, he decided that they could both sleep on the deck.

My only disappointment was that Ornithochirus didn't fly over the audience. I mean, what the heck? If Pink Floyd can fly a bi-plane over my head for a concert, why can't the dinosaur do a pass overhead? But that's the extent of my complaint, because it was a very cool show and I highly recommend it to everyone who has the opportunity to see it.

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Official site:

Date: 2007-10-04 07:41 pm (UTC)
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Wow, that sounds really cool. I think Erin would really like it (although not so sure about the eaten baby bit -- sometimes she's pragmatic about those things, and sometimes very sensitive). I just checked the website, though, and unfortunately they don't seem to be coming around here. Bummer.

Date: 2007-10-04 11:40 pm (UTC)
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The show has been very popular, so I know they've been adding new shows... hopefully they'll get down to you.

The hatchling as meal isn't terribly graphic. No dramatic music (that I noticed at least), no blood or gore, but the dangling baby might be disturbing if she gets what that means. I wasn't sure what Isaac was going to think when I realized what was about to happen, but he was too busy taking it all in.

Date: 2007-10-04 10:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Pity its not coming any closer than Milwaukee and Green Bay, or else Scott would love to take Dani to this.

Date: 2007-10-04 11:36 pm (UTC)
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This was cool enough that there were some adults there by themselves. :-) But, yeah, shame it's not getting to where you can see it.

Date: 2007-10-05 08:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow. That sounds like fun! Thanks for the awesome description. And I'm glad your son enjoyed it so much.


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