Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure

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Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure
Sea Monsters - A Prehistoric Adventure Coverart.png
DVD cover of Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure.
Directed by Sean MacLeod Phillips
Produced by National Geographic
Written by Mose Richards
Narrated by Liev Schreiber
Music by Richard Evans, David Rhodes and Peter Gabriel
Edited by Jonathan P. Shaw
Distributed by National Geographic
Warner Bros.
Release date(s) October 5, 2007
Running time 40 minutes
Language English

Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure is a film by National Geographic which is set in the Earth's prehistoric past, 70 million years ago. The film features state-of-the-art three-dimensional photographic and computer-generated characters/animals, along with an ambient score. The setting alternates between prehistory and modern day times in which scientists study the fossilized remains of the creatures in the film. It is filmed in 3D and requires 3D glasses to view correctly.

Plot[edit]

In 2009, a group of paleontologists discover a rare fossil in Kansas. The fossil was previously exposed by a summer rain, and it appears to be a marine reptile, tracing back over 70 million years.

The protagonist of the story is Dolly, a female Dolichorhynchops, who travels the Kansas Inland Sea, 80 million years ago during the late Cretaceous period with her family.

They see and encounter various creatures, including

She gets attacked by a shark (Cretoxyrhina) which kills her mother. Dolly survives with a tooth embedded in her flipper. Later, Dolly's brother is swallowed whole by a young Tylosaurus, then an older Tylosaurus kills the younger one, leaving Dolly alone. Then she becomes a mother and has three young of her of own. After seasons of traveling around the Inland sea, Dolly dies peacefully of old age.

Fossil finds in the film[edit]

The film has cut to many fossil finds of the marine animals featured in the film.

  • Western Kansas, 1952: George Sternberg, Charles's older son, makes a discovery in Gove County, Kansas. A 13-foot-long Xiphactinus containing, below the ribs, a 6-foot-long fish, a Gillicus, which took up about half of the length of the Xiphactinus, killing it instantly.
  • North Dakota, 1995: Two amateur collectors go into a cave in North Dakota, and find a wealth of teeth from the Cretoxyrhina shark.

Crew[edit]

Cast[edit]

(In order of appearance)

Creatures featured[edit]

Most of the creatures are later identified on the official website and the DVD.

Video game[edit]

Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure is a video game from DSI Games and Zoo Digital Publishing, it was released on the Wii, PlayStation 2, and Nintendo DS on October 25, 2007. The game, developed by Destination Software, Inc. allows players to interact in a prehistoric world of sea creatures. Players can control Thalassomedon, Henodus, Temnodontosaurus, Tylosaurus, Dolichorhynchops and Nothosaurus. One of the main features is the whole adventure setting, it is almost completely a free-roam game with challenges and the most important task: to recover all the hidden fossils.

The game received poor reviews across all platforms.[1][2][3]

Soundtrack[edit]

National Geographic decided not to release the soundtrack, but two of the songs are available to download on the composer's website and the end credits song, sung by Peter Gabriel ("Different Stories Different Lives") is also available to listen to at http://www.lunapendium.com/.

Reception[edit]

Despite the video game's poor review, the film received rave reviews for its storyline, music and outstanding special effects. Review website Rotten Tomatoes reports the film has a 100% "Fresh" rating from 12 positive reviews, something rarely seen on the website.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda. "Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure Review for the Nintendo Wii". Cheat Code Central. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Bishop, Sam (13 June 2008). "Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure Review". IGN. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Guacamole, Joey (22 January 2011). "Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure". ZTGameDomain. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/seamonsters/

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