Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend

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Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend
Baby lost legend.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Bill L. Norton
Produced by Jonathan T. Taplin
Roger Spottiswood
Written by Clifford Green
Ellen Green
Based on The storybook
by David Lee Miller
Starring
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography John Alcott
Edited by David Bretherton
Howard Smith
Production
company
Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution
Release date
  • March 22, 1985 (1985-03-22)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $14,972,297[1]

Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend is a 1985 American adventure fantasy film directed by Bill L. Norton and starring William Katt, Sean Young, Patrick McGoohan, and Julian Fellowes. The story is based on rumors about dinosaur-like creatures called Mokele-mbembe purported to exist in Africa. Produced by Disney's Touchstone Films unit, it was first released on March 22, 1985.

Plot[edit]

During an expedition into Central Africa, paleontologist Dr. Susan Matthews-Loomis (Sean Young) and her husband George Loomis (William Katt) attempt to track down evidence of a local monster legend. The monster, which the local natives refer to as Mokèlé-mbèmbé, shares many characteristics with the Sauropod order of dinosaurs. During the expedition, they discover Brontosaurs in the deep jungle and are further amazed when the animals show very little fear of them. The couple begins observing the creatures and become especially enamored with the curious young offspring of the pair, whom they nickname "Baby". Unfortunately, the discovery soon places the dinosaurs in jeopardy from both the local military as well as fellow scientist Dr. Eric Kiviat (Patrick McGoohan).

Whereas Dr. Kiviat sees Baby and his parents as his ticket to fame & fortune, the African military led by Colonel Nsogbu (Olu Jacobs) sees the dinosaurs as a threat and makes several attempts to destroy them. During one such attempt, one of the adult Brontosaurs is killed and the other captured. The Loomises are able to escape with Baby, but quickly find themselves lost in the jungle while being pursued by Colonel Nsogbu's forces. After finally escaping their pursuers, the pair decide to circle back and rescue the captive parent, whom Dr. Kiviat has persuaded Nsogbu to transport back to civilization.

With the aid of the local tribe - whom see Baby and his parents as legends - George and Susan are able to break into the military compound and release the adult Brontosaur. During the escape, both Kiviat and Nsogbu are killed. Afterwards, the Loomises take the pair to a secluded jungle lagoon and say a tearful goodbye to Baby as he follows his lone parent away into the deeper parts of the jungle.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The dinosaur effects are all animatronic, since the CGI technology of the time was not sophisticated enough to convincingly portray living creatures such as dinosaurs (it would be another 8 years before that hurdle was cleared in Jurassic Park).

A recut version aired on television in 1989 under the title Dinosaur...Secret of the Lost Legend as part of the Wonderful World of Disney.[2]

Reception[edit]

Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend received generally negative reviews; the film currently holds a 15% 'rotten' rating on review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes based on 13 reviews.[3]

Soundtrack[edit]

Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend
Film score by Jerry Goldsmith
Released April 8, 2008 (2008-04-08)
Recorded 1985
Genre Soundtrack
Length 53:08

The score to Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend, a hybrid of orchestral and synthetic elements, was composed and conducted by veteran composer Jerry Goldsmith. Goldsmith recalled the experience with such fondness that he insisted it be included in an industry tribute album featuring highlights from his scores in 1993. A limited extended soundtrack was released 8 April 2008 through Intrada Records and features sixteen tracks of score at a running time just over fifty-three minutes.[4]

  1. "The Sketch" (0:44)
  2. "No Problem" (0:44)
  3. "The Visitors" (2:27)
  4. "New Friends #1" (1:17)
  5. "New Friends #2" (0:33)
  6. "The Family" (4:04)
  7. "Dad" (7:10)
  8. "Tears" (1:25)
  9. "The Tent" (2:53)
  10. "Dragon Breath" (6:48)
  11. "The Search" (3:09)
  12. "The Jump" (4:31)
  13. "The Captives" (2:01)
  14. "Base Camp Assault" (4:15)
  15. "The Rescue" (3:37)
  16. "Just a Legend" (7:31)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ Wonderful World of Disney Television
  3. ^ Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend at Rotten Tomatoes
  4. ^ Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend soundtrack review at Filmtracks.com. Retrieved 2011-03-23.

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