“On the trail of the Paleo”

Films: The Dinosaur Project (2012)

Alias: Pteranodons, Ptero-bats, large theropods (Crypto), Mokele-Mbembe, Pliosaur, Sauropods

Type: Ancient

Location: Jungle

Height/Weight: Ranges from that of large dogs to that of small houses.

Affiliation: Neutral

Summary: A trip into the lost world. Immediately, several movies must have popped up in your head. And we're sure most of them involve either big apes, dinosaurs, or some combination. Alas, this film doesn't do too much to break the mold, but plot-wise, it's its own thing.

History: One day, a team of explorers went into the uncharted regions of the Congo to investigate the sightings of the legendary Mokele-Mbembe. What they found was a bit more than they bargained for. It was a whole jungle full of prehistoric creatures, particularly breeds not even seen in the fossil record. But alas, the true threat may not even come from the animals, but from within...

Notable Kills: See Final Fate.

Final Fate: After only two survivors are left, one goes nuts and tries to kill the other. However, said other had earlier befriended a young theropod named Crypto, who spits in his face so that he's not chomped by the little one's parents, who rip the mad one to shreds. The lone survivor lets his camera flow into the river in the hopes that someone finds it. And would you know it, someone does...

Powers/Abilities: None.

Weakness: If you smell like a young theropod, the adults won't kill you.

Scariness Factor: 3.5-The CGI could definitely stand some improvement, especially for the underwater creatures, but other than that, this is a formidable world. It may not contain as many dinosaurs as one would expect, but then you have things like that barely-seen Pliosaur and those utterly vicious ptero-bat things, and suddenly this is one lousy expedition. The one saving grace is Crypto. Even as adults, his species is somewhat adorable. You could make an entire documentary on the life of such theropods, and it'd sell like gangbuster.

Trivia: -As stated above, there is not a single dinosaur that's like Crypto's species, nor are there any like the ptero-bats. Then again, who's to say frills perverse that easily in the fossil record? And better yet, who's to say we won't discover a new species down the line that's a dead ringer? It's happened before, after all.

-Although Mokele-Mbembe is a plesiosaur in here, there are no accounts in the fossil record of such marine reptiles living in fresh water. Neither are there any for full-fledged pliosaurs.

Image Gallery

"Not foreshadowing in any way, guys!"

So much real estate.

The Swan from Hell.

"So, who do I nip in the groin?"
All the way to the break of dawn.

Good thing no other idiot on the internet with a camera showed up here.

Stellaluna, NO!

Turns out, she wasn't single...or forgiving.
At least, of your own lives at the claws of dinosaurs not showing up here.

For once, you don't have to worry about becoming another Nedry.

Anyone else getting the feeling of burning this place to the ground.
A better Dawn of the Dinosaurs?

Good thing their parents aren't here to see this.