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I saw this the day after Thanksgiving, and I'm sorry to say that I didn't care that much more for it. Although I found the plot threadbare and derivative like other critics, what bugged me the most were the design and world-building elements.

The backdrops were indeed gorgeously rendered, which made the dinosaur characters' lazy and cartoonish designs appear all the more jarring. But the subarctic choice of environment made its ripping influences off Ice Age even more obvious and didn't really fit the particular dinosaur species they chose. It's true that there were dinosaurs living in temperate climates near the poles during the Mesozoic, but all the stock species shown in the film were better adapted to tropical or subtropical conditions that were much more widespread back then. If you're going to drop Apatosaurus or Tyrannosaurus rex in the modern New World, somewhere in Central or South America, or maybe the southeastern United States (e.g. Florida or Louisiana) would suit them better than chilly Wyoming or Montana.

I did like the idea of tyrannosaurs herding livestock; they were one of the few elements in the movie I enjoyed. On the other hand, considering all the evergreen foliage surrounding them, I thought the sauropods growing maize for the winter was superfluous (and what use would herbivores have for chickens anyway)? As for Spot, not only was he awfully European-looking for a story set in ancient North America (despite his Native American flute leitmotif), but the whole "non-verbal Cro-Magnon" trope (as well as the "something that isn't a dog acts like a dog" joke) is getting kinda old.

It's not the worst animated movie I've ever seen, but it was underwhelming. The opening short with the Hindu superheroes showed more imagination.


Brandon S. Pilcher
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
United States
I'm an amateur artist and writer who has a B.A. in Biological Anthropology from the University of California in San Diego.



You have to admit, the dudes at Islamic State come awfully close to the archetypal evil megalomaniac army you see in epic fantasy novels. Sauron would be proud.
I'm not Lebanese or even Middle Eastern, but people need to realize Paris wasn't the only city ISIL attacked recently.
The ancient Greek and Roman emulation of African hairstyles will always fascinate me. This Roman lady has an Afro and cornrows in the same coiffure!…
Pulp adventure covers from the old days may be saturated with offensive racist tropes. But you got to admit, the sheer amount of fun they exude is inspirational as fuck.…


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Elephantwithapen Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant
Hey I noticed you got a Lebanese flag as an icon now, any reason in particular?
DaBrandonSphere Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
It was in response to certain recent terrorist attacks in Beirut, which I felt were being ignored in favor of the ones in Paris. But I gotta change it now.
pinchback Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fave!
TheBoyoftheNorth Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  New Deviant
Thanks for the favorite!
PM-Graphix Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the fave~
Lauraeg123 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the favorite!
BaroqueWolfe Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the Fav!
dvnmyls Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015   Digital Artist
Thanks for the +fav 
DaBrandonSphere Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
WaddaHTheImmortal Featured By Owner Edited Nov 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your positive representation of African people :) 
judging by your work and interests, i feel like you would really enjoy the native Australian culture
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