Picks and Pans Review: More Dinosaurs

updated 02/09/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/09/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

More sophisticated Little League paleontologists may find this tape too elementary, but it is snappily edited and includes a fast mix of live action, movie footage, animation and claymation. Hosted by the onetime stentorian voice-in-residence of Laugh-In, Gary Owens, and actor Eric Boardman, this was part of a series of Los Angeles TV specials and includes a trip to Vernal, Utah, whose mayor proclaims the town the Dinosaur Capital of the World, thanks to the nearby Dinosaur National Monument, site of massive discoveries of fossilized bones. There are also clips from the 1925 silent film The Lost World and the 1985 movie Baby...Secret of the Lost Legend, showing cinematic dinosaur tricks, and brief but informative interviews with several paleontologists. (One points out, among other things, that the carnivorous Tyrannosaurus rex did not prey on the meek brontosaurus, because they lived 80 million years apart.) While there are some corny moments—including an ending in which Owens and Boardman see a dinosaur outside their window—this is a pleasant combination of education and entertainment. (Twin Tower, $19.95)—R.N. (T.N. commented on this tape only obliquely, by declining to pay attention.)

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