Sunday, June 24, 2007

Insta-rec

I wanted to take a minute to mention G's new love: a six-part TV series called Prehistoric Park. It's based on the premise that this group of wildlife experts and conservationists have somehow got a time portal that lets them go back to various periods in prehistory and "rescue" animals that are on the verge of extinction (dinosaurs, woolly mammoths, sabre-toothed cats, etc.). They then bring them back to Prehistoric Park and attempt to care for, and in some cases breed them. The animals are done mainly with computer animation and a few animatronics, and it's a really fabulous blend of documentary and fantasy and drama.

I think I may not have been paying enough attention at the beginning of the first episode, because I never heard how they'd acquired this incredible time-traveling device -- it's like a shimmery veil that the head guy, Nigel Marven, drives through in his Jeep -- but in the end it didn't matter. I'd highly recommend the DVD to anyone with dinosaur-loving kids, although perhaps not very young kids with short attention spans, as it's told at the pace of an adult documentary.

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