At its worst, however, this is both a run-of-the-mill nature doc and even a patronising put-down to its target market of little ones looking for an awe-inspiring tale of adventure. The spectacle of the film comes purely from the visuals which, considering how irritating the voiceover and timid story become after little more than five minutes, is a triumph in itself. Cook, Nightingale and their animator have clearly put a lot of time and effort into realising the film's scaly stars, and there's a true sense of amazement when the camera and narrative focuses on them and nothing else: for example, a scene illustrating how meticulous Gorgosaurs are about hunting their prey is tense and spectacular to watch unfold.
Unfortunately, there's almost no time allowed whatsoever to truly bask in the sheer wonderment the animation department have put on screen without Patchi making - whether intentional or not - a crude remark about the distinctive hole in his frill. It's a shame, as had the voiceover been left out like initially planned in favour of more educational narration, Walking with Dinosaurs - The Movie could have been a decently made and informative documentary about our planet's long-departed terrible lizards. As it is, however, Cook and Nightingale's kiddie flick is an uneasy, innocuous and easily avoidable anomaly.