Reviews of “Le mystère des dragons à plumes” (2016) and related work

“Le mystère des dragons à plumes” (2016) IMDb

Seen in 2020.

Seen with English-language narration.

The evolution of birds, focusing on a period 125 Ma ago, with extensive VFX recreations, including dramatized chases by land-dwelling dinosaurs, and early avians leaping out of their fossils.

Part of a series called Les mondes perdus, but the series is episodic and its entries were apparently sold separately to SVT. The science is very interesting and the VFX are surprisingly good; better than the palaeontologists awkwardly looking where the director tells them to look before the CGI is added in post.

References here: Faktafel på SVT Play, “Attenborough and the Sea Dragon” (2018).

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“L’aube des mammifères” (2016) IMDb

Seen in 2020.

Seen with English-language narration.

Small four-footed mammals, identified mainly and sometimes entirely by their variegated teeth, also about 125 Ma ago.

The VFX are significantly more rushed and the imagined variety of species is more narrow, but it’s fascinating that Repenomamus hunted small dinosaurs in a time as distant from the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event as that event is to the present.

References here: Faktafel på SVT Play.

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