Pixar and Discovery Channel team up for “Reign of the Dinosaurs”

by: James Wallace
April 9th, 2010

Way back in August of last year, we reported on some interesting clues that were seen in the background of a special feature for UP. Was Pixar in fact working on a dinosaur-related project? After all, they did have their animator Austin Madison, along with character sculptor Greg Dykstra and a few other Pixar animators, doing research on various archaeological digs at the Black Hills Institute in South Dakota back in July and August of '09.

Well, it seems that this wasn't just a casual field trip for the boys, as the Discovery Channel has officially announced their collaboration with Pixar on a TV special entitled Reign of the Dinosaurs! Described as "Avatar meets Jurassic Park as the latest paleontological research meets Hollywood story telling," the series aims to help us "learn the latest in understanding of dinosaur behaviors."  God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates Pixar. Pixar creates dinosaurs.

No word on just when the series will air, but it was announced as part of the Discovery Channel's 2010-11 upfront schedule so I would expect it to roar its way into your living room sometime in the near future.

Check out the official synopsis for Reign of the Dinosaurs from Discovery Communications after the jump!

Discovery Channel teams with the top creative talent from Disney and Pixar to create an unparalleled television event. New creatures abound in a wondrous new world - giant dinos with Freddy Krueger style clawed hands, pygmy T-rex, frogs so big they can eat dinosaurs. Learn the latest in understanding of dinosaur behaviors with exotic mating dances, the inner workings of the T-rex's nuclear family, dinosaurs drunk on fermenting fruit, dinosaurs in apocalyptic events, the underwater birthing of mosasaurs, and prehistory's angriest mammals. A daring and provocative new chapter in television, REIGN OF THE DINOSAURS is bound to be the benchmark for all future dinosaur natural history programming.

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