March of the Dinosaurs

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"March of the Dinosaurs" is also a song on the album "The Dinosaur Record".
March of the Dinosaurs
Directed by Matthew Thompson
Produced by Mike Davis
Assistant Producer
Alexandra Revill
Executive Producers
Jasper James
Pauline Duffy
Elliot Halpern
Written by Matthew Thompson
Jasper James
Narrated by Stephen Fry
Music by Mark Russell
Edited by Matt Platts-Mills
Release dates
  • 27 May 2011 (2011-05-27)
Running time
85 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

March of the Dinosaurs is a CGI film which has appeared on television and was released on DVD on 27 May 2011. It was made by Impossible Pictures, the same company that created the Walking with... series and Prehistoric Park. Set 70 million years ago in the Cretaceous in North America, the film follows the journey of a young Edmontosaurus named Scar and his herd as they migrate south for the winter. This film depicts recent findings about Dinosaurs, such as Tyrannosaurs with feathers and hunting packs, dinosaurs in the snow and migrating.

It shows a 1000-mile autumn migration of Edmontosaurus and Pachyrhinosaurus from their summer grazing in northwest Canada (then well inside the Arctic Circle, so that the winter night and summer day were each 4 months long) to their winter grazing in the south-west USA, and the young Troodon which had to stay and endure the Arctic winter. The hazards met are land and water predators, an Arctic blizzard, thin ice, crossing a foodless volcanic wasteland, a lahar, and a wide river inhabited by predators. All the scenery and vegetation are CGI.

The DVD says that this is inspired by recent dinosaur fossil discoveries in the Canadian Arctic, and that the Arctic CGI trees are modelled on Sequioa.


The film begins on a summer's day in Northern Canada when you travel back in time 70 million years ago and you find a herd of Edmontosaurus and a spiky Edmontonia feeding on the lush vegetation that grows all around them. Scar, a young male Edmontosaurus, enjoys his life in the Arctic forests with his extended family, he comes across a young immature male Troodon named Patch, who has been feasting on baby Edmontosaurus all summer, but now they're too big for him and so he's having a tough time catching prey. He chases after an Alphadon, but another clawed foot grabs the fleeing mammal. It was a female Troodon, and Patch is becoming impatient. The plentiful food for Scar is ending as well, as the dark, cold Arctic winter is approaching. Scar has lost sign of the herd and a dark shape, which turns out to be Gorgon, the Gorgosaurus, sliced his face as he narrowly dodges the killer blow. Soon, a herd of Pachyrhinosaurus arrives, led by Patchi. Scar finds the Edmontonia feasting on a fallen tree branch. The sun sets and Patchi tells the herd to move on somewhere. The winter's approaching and the female Edmontosaurus gets killed by Gorgon as she wanders off. The next day, the Edmontosaurus and Pachyrhinosaurus herd moves south for the winter, except the Edmontonia. She's way too heavy and her armoured body has been storing fat inside. Meanwhile, Patch and the Troodons are feasting on a dead Edmontosaurus when Gorgon appears. He scares the Troodons away, and Patch is frustrated. Far away, the dinosaur herd is moving on, until Scar sees a dark shadow, which turns out to be a Quetzalcoatlus, the biggest pterosaur ever. The blizzard arrives and Scar collapses, but an older one arrives and helps it survive. They went on walking and didn't realize they were heading into a trap. The ground breaks apart, meaning that they walked onto a frozen lake. A hadrosaur got dragged underwater by a sea monster known as Prognathodon. Scar has never swum before, but he got pushed in and started to swim for the shore. In the Arctic, Patch picks up a bone and heads back to the nest. Nearby, Gorgon finds the Edmontonia outside, but the leg cuts are badly infected and he goes back into the cave to think up another way of making a big kill. A thousand miles away, the Edmontosaurus herd moves on and volcanoes are starting to form. They didn't see a pack of Albertosaurus sleeping and they move on. The feathered carnivores woke up and started to hunt the herd. Scar runs for his life while the predator is hot on his heels. An avalanche of water, rock and mud slides down the bank. Scar climbs up the cliff, but loses his courage, and the Albertosaurus is waiting to make the kill. Just as Scar sees the avalanche, he rushes up the cliff while the Albertosaurus is swept to his doom. Back in the Arctic, Patch is trying to impress the female by dancing and the Edmontonia has found the last leaf. Suddenly, the log breaks apart and the Edmontonia slides down the snow on her back and crashes into a snowdrift. She is utterly helpless. Far away from the Troodons, Scar tries to call for his father, but the only calls are the ones that didn't make it. The Albertosaurus gets up and starting hunting the herd again. Scar and the old Edmontosaurus walks on, but the only thing they found is a female Pachyrhinosaurus named Juniper. They walked on and left her behind. Scar sees the Albertosaurus first. The father fights the predator until they both tumble over the cliff, locked in a deadly embrace. In the frozen north, Patch catches the Alphadon and saw the Edmontonia. He and the others attacked the Ankylosaur, but Gorgon arrives and pulls the herbivore away from the smaller predators. Struggling, the Edmontonia gets back up and injures Gorgon with her shoulder spikes. The Gorgosaurus heads back to the cave. As the sun rose the next morning, Scar is becoming weaker and the Quetzalcoatlus senses it. The young dinosaur hears a rustling noise, which turns to be a Pachyrhinosaurus instead of a Quetzalcoatlus. The pterosaur gives up and the ceratopsian herd arrive to cross the river. As they move on, the blood-thirsty Prognathodon arrives and pulls many of them underwater. Scar dives in while the mosasaurs drown more Pachyrhinosauruses. Scar has completed the toughest test and reunites with the Edmontosaurus herd. The sun rises again and warmth begins to spread across the Arctic. The Edmontonia is feasting on greens and the Troodon is taking a bite out of Gorgon. Soon, the Edmontosaurus will travel north again for the best migration ever.


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