Walking With Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular

IMG_4107In an era of computerized special effects and digital image over exposure it is a welcome relief to come across a show which entertains, instructs and amazes based on a beautifully designed and manually manufactured life-size 3D journey into our planets history.

Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular delivers on it’s promise to “captivate young and old alike” while telling the story of the rise and fall of the dinosaurs over a 200 million year timescape.

Twenty dinosaurs of impressive realism and imposing size take to the stage as they play out their stories of survival in a landscape far different, and 65 million years removed, from what we see today. Like any good story it has its ups and downs, drama, love and surprises.

There are no evil parts to play in this story however. Each dinosaur is merely trying to survive and raise young as animals have clearly done since the dawn of time. The realism of the characters in WWD is remarkable. The appearance of the dinosaurs is awe-inspiring. Body movements, breathing and even personality are seamlessly produced so as to make the audience forget that the Dinos are being operated by either skilled puppeteers or with the help of remote devices. The booming, protective roar of the Tyrannosaurus mother sends a primal chill through the viewer which belies the comfortable, modern surrounds in which they sit, while the dueling clash of the Torosaurus rivals, one old one young, sees people choosing a side which, regardless of the result, brings a certain sadness for the vanquished. It is this emotional involvement which only adds to an impressive experience.

Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular’s return to Western Australia was worth the wait. It is both an instructive and scientific look at some impressive creatures that once walked our Earth and an entertaining, drama filled production which keeps the audience on the edge of their seats.

If I can give one important tip to anyone looking to take kids along to the performance though it is to keep them well away from the merchandise kiosk. I took a hit on stuffed toys and t-shirts. – AC