'Walking with Dinosaurs -- The Arena Spectacular' coming to Conseco

 

If you like TV channels such as History and Discovery, you would have enjoyed this show. While a lot of the evolutionary information may not have been new to you if you are a big non-fiction reader or watcher, the presentation finds a nice balance of simplicity and accuracy. Plus, the unique presentation made it interesting, between the projected Pangaea and the blow-up vegetation. A "paleontologist" character walked you through the three dino periods, introducing the characteristics of each era and its inhabitants -- and throwing in some mild humor that wasn't too cringe-inducing. But the stars of the show were the dinosaurs. The puppets -- for lack of a better word to describe these complex concoctions -- ranged from suited individuals to animatronic monsters. What I was not expecting was the larger dinos being supported by a rolling cart-like device that holds them up, with their legs to the side and operated by a bicycle-like pedaling device. For me, these supports marred what was otherwise a simply awesome illusion. Most of the dinos look as lifelike as an extinct, never-seen-in-the-flesh reproduction of a creature can, but ungainly back pedaling and some movement limitations made complete suspension of disbelief unattainable. However, their vocalizations were just as, if not more, imposing than the beasts themselves. Conseco was filled with the vibrations of roar after roar, which elicited applause from the large audience.

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