Friday, June 24, 2011

Terra Nova Trailer

Cool trailer huh? Terra Nova is an upcoming show on Fox directed by Steven Spielberg, also known for making the Jurassic Park films and the Indiana Jones series. From this trailer, we can see that the show is about a family who heads back in time to help rebuild civilization. Although all seems fine and dandy at first, they forgot one important factor: The dinosaurs. The new colony has to work hard to survive this harsh new (technically old) world where enemies seem to be everywhere.
I haven't seen a lot of live-action dinosaur shows, and I must say that after Primeval, this looks to be promising. The idea of using time travel to try and obtain a new life in the past is very interesting. If you're interested in this show, be sure to mark your calendars for September 26 as a two hour premiere will air.

The World's Smallest Dinosaur

Okay, now to update again. A few weeks ago, I found an article that said that the world's smallest dinosaur was probably found. The fossil that was found in the south of the United Kingdom was less than 7.1 millimeters long, which is small for a neck bone. The animal is thought to have been 15.7 inches long, and is a bird-like dinosaur that lived in the Late Cretaceous Period.
For a long time, I thought the smallest dinosaur was the baby Mussaurus, which was the size of a mouse. The adults, however, probably got up to 10 feet in length. It's hard to say because the only skeletons found were either juveniles or babies. If this does turn out to be a new species, it'll prove that size didn't always matter in the world of the dinosaurs.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Thoughts on Tales from Earthsea

Sorry about the lack of blogging, but I was waiting for an event to happen that never did. To make up for it, I decided to do something different and blog about a movie I recently saw. That movie is Studio Ghibli's Tales from Earthsea.The first film to be directed by Goyo Miyazaki, the son of Hayao Miyazaki, the film is loosely based on the Earthsea books by Ursula K. Le Guin. In the film, something wrong is going on in Earthsea. Magic is disappearing and dragons have been spotted fighting each other. The wizard Sparrowhawk sets out to find out what is going on. Along the way, he encounters the prince Arren, who is running from something dark. The two of them travel together to right the wrong that is happening in Earthsea and learn the importance of accepting the fate that all life must experience.
The Earthsea books have been loved by fans of Narnia and Middle-Earth alike, and Studio Ghibli has had a history of presenting memorable films. However, the film disappointed people all over the world. The film took many ideas and elements out of each book in the series and tried to merge them into one new story. The result wasn't accepted. The film got the "Worst Film" award in Japan, and Goyo was given the "Worst Director" award. The author, who's a big fan of Studio Ghibli, was disappointed with the results. She said that "It's not my book. It's your movie."
The movie did have some good points though. The film had music that made the world seem magical, and the landscape is unlike what you usually see in an epic fantasy film. The dragons were designed in an interesting way. They were given serpentine bodies that still kept the modern look of dragons, a creature of incredible power and strength. My overall opinion of Tales from Earthsea is that if you haven't read the books, you'll like the movie, but if you've enjoyed the series, maybe you should stick with the books.