Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure
|Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure|
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
|Release date(s)||October 5, 2007|
|Running time||40 minutes|
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.
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.
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
The film has cut to many fossil finds of the marine animals featured in the film.
- South Australia, 2002: Two paleontologists in the Australian Outback discovered Dolichorhynchops, 95% of them juveniles.
- Central Texas, 1980: A road crew near Austin, Texas, discover Ammonite fossils in a quarry. Texas was completely underwater 80 million years ago, hence Ammonite fossils. The quarry was part of the Permian Basin.
- Western Kansas, 1918: Charles Sternberg and his sons Levi and George discover a 29-foot-long Tylosaurus.
- 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.
- The Netherlands, 1998: A Dutch quarry reveals a Cretoxyrhina skeleton.
- South Dakota, 1978: The Badlands National Park, in Rapid City, South Dakota, reveal a Tylosaurus skeleton.
(In order of appearance)
- Liev Schreiber - narrator
- Jennifer Aguilar - Female grad student
- Albert J. Burnes - Male grad student
- Shari Phillips - Camping mother
- Charlotte Salem - Camping daughter
- Thea Phillips - Camping daughter (voice)
- Joe Salem[disambiguation needed] - Camping father
- James Rudnick - Australian scientist 1
- Kevin Stidham - Australian scientist 2
- C.J. Johnson - Road worker
- Kathleen Leighton - Texas collector 1
- Casey Myers - Texas collector 2
- Jerry Hoffman - Charles Sternberg
- Doug Kisgen - Levi Sternberg
- Jeffrey Staab - George Sternberg
- Frank Novak - George Sternberg (60's)
- Michael McConnohie George Sternberg (voice)
- Daniel Coldham - Phosphate Mine worker 1
- Derek Gamble - Phosphate Mine worker 2
- Curtis Hawkins - Phosphate Mine worker 3
- Efi Kamara - Phosphate Mine worker 4
- Brian Lemmons - Phosphate Mine worker 5
- Nissam Mina - Phosphate Mine foreman
- Liam Owen - Photographer
- Walley Thornton - Reporter
- Paul W. Burmaster - North Dakota collector 1.
- Christopher Wheatly - North Dakota collector 2.
- Chris Koeberl - Netherlands scientist 1
- Jack van Dijk - Netherlands scientist 2
- Michael Ashcroft - South Dakota scientist 1
- Michael Sorich - South Dakota Scientist 1 (voice)
- Michael Ashcraft - South Dakota scientist 2
Most of the creatures are later identified on the official website and the DVD.
- Baculite (identified as "straight-shelled ammonites")
- Bananogmius, an extinct genus of bony fish
- Caproberyx, an extinct genus of bony fish
- Cretoxyrhina,a large shark
- Dolichorhynchops (often shortened to "dollies" in the story), a genus of plesiosaur and the main animal in the film.
- Enchodus, an extinct genus of bony fish
- Gillicus, a relatively small, 2-meter long ichthyodectid fish
- Gorgosaurus, a genus of tyrannosaurid theropod dinosaur
- Henodus (cameo), a placodont with an elaborate shell of the Late Triassic period
- Hesperornis, an extinct genus of flightless aquatic birds
- Inoceramus, an extinct genus of giant clam
- Jellyfish (live-acted)
- Kronosaurus (cameo),an extinct genus of short-necked pliosaur
- Leptecodon, a genus of prehistoric fish
- Nothosaurus (cameo),an extinct genus of sauropterygian reptile
- Platecarpus, an extinct genus of aquatic lizard belonging to the mosasaur family
- Protosphyraena, a fossil genus of swordfish-like marine fish
- Protostega, an extinct species of marine turtle
- Pteranodon, one of the largest pterosaur genera
- Squalicorax, a genus of extinct lamniform shark
- Styxosaurus, a genus of plesiosaur of the family Elasmosauridae
- Temnodontosaurus (cameo), a big ichthyosaur
- Tusoteuthis, a genus of Cretaceous cephalopod molluscs
- Tylosaurus, a big mosasaur
- Uintacrinus (identified as "crinoid"), a floating colonial crinoid
- Xiphactinus, a 4.5 to 5 m (15 to 20 feet) long predatory bony fish
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.
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/.
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.
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