Evolution of the World (1940) Short Film Review

Director: Ray Harryhausen

RATING: 2.5 Stars

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A glimpse of daily life during the Age of Dinosaurs is revealed. A brontosaurus roams a dangerous remote island searching for food before a vicious tyrannosaurus rex and a triceratops battle to the death during the Cretaceous period. – From IMDB

You know what, for a stop motion animation from 1940, technically speaking, this really isn’t that bad. I mean it isn’t that terrific either considering Disney kicked out their first feature length animated film three years prior to this, but Disney runs on Magic and warm hugs, so we can let that one slide.

This is nothing that special in terms of story or writing. There is no story to speak of other than a fight between a T-Rex and a Triceratops, and the Brontosaurus from the beginning of the film is completely forgotten about after about thirty seconds. It is also kind of impressive that the T-Rex was the villain of these kinds of things even 80 years ago. They really do have a bad reputation.

I assume this is meant for kids as all of the real bloody stuff is taken out and it is pretty quick and simple. No kids today would be impressed by this, but I can see kids in the forties being blown away seeing real moving, fighting dinosaurs for the first time. Sadly this has aged terribly, and has little to offer a modern audience.

If you have three minutes spare, check it out below:

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