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Tarbosaurus: The Mightiest Ever
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Before Speckles: The Tarbosaurus, there was this.
Genre: Documentary
Adventure
Drama
Directed By: Han Sang-Ho
Produced By: Kim Yooyul
Starring: Kim Do-Hyun (Korean version)
Cinematography: Kim Byung-Il
Distributed By: EBS
Release Date: 24 November 2008 (South Korea)
Runtime: 91 minutes (special)
50 minutes (miniseries)
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean
Sequel: Speckles: The Tarbosaurus (chronologically)


Tarbosaururs: The Mightiest Ever (released in South Korea under the title 한반두의 공룡 "Koreanosaurus") is a 2008 South Korean computer-generated documentary film directed by Han Sang-Ho about a Tarbosaurus named Patch, who lived in the Korean peninsula during the Cretaceous Period. The film was aired in South Korea on EBS in 24 November 2008 as a 2-part miniseries and was released in January 2012 in the United States. It is believed to be a spiritual prequel to Speckles: The Tarbosaurus, which was also directed by Han Sang-Ho.

Plot

This film follows the life of a Tarbosaurus family made up of Patch, (the father of Speckles from The Dino King), his two siblings and their mother in prehistoric South Korea.

Bad Qualities

  1. Terrible English dub that ranges from laughably entertaining to abysmally cringeworthy.
    • The narrator uses weird intonations and pronunciations that sound robotic, especially since some of the words sound identical to how they are first heard. The fact that the English dub has no credited narrator proves that they just used an AI voice. This is something that English dubs of other South Korean Dinosaur documentaries also do.
    • Most of the Dinosaurs names aren't pronounced properly such as Microraptor sounding like "Mecroraptor" or Velociraptor sounding like "Wellaceraptor".
    • Even simple words sound alien, such as the line "Only the strongest will survive" sounding like "Only the stronglest will survive".
    • Even the lines themselves make no sense, though these could be the result of poor translating from Korean to English:
      • In the opening, the narrator explained that 80 million years ago the Himalayas had not yet been formed, which is correct. However, the space view of Cretaceous Earth shows that India has already collided with the Asian continent, therefore the Himalayas have been formed. Not only is this inaccurate, but it contradicts the narration.
      • According the narrator, the Tarbosaurus can't run for very long because "her bones could break or her heart explode", which just sounds ridiculous, let alone implausible.
      • Apparently, the Pterosaurs shown are the only species that can walk on the ground on all fours. Evidence found in other Pterosaurs (such as Quetzalcoatlus and Pteranodon) show that this is not true.
      • When the Therizinosaurus kills a baby Tarbosaurus, the narrator explains that he "seems proud of his violent act". In his review, RickRaptor105 said the Dinosaur sounded like a sadist.
    • Scenes that are supposed to be sad and emotional are ruined in the English dub because of the alien-sounding narrator not shutting up.
  2. Laughably bad computer animation that doesn't blend well with the live-action backgrounds.
    • Whenever the Dinosaurs are supposed to be running or walking, they're put through some muscle simulation to save budget, and it looks too cartoony.
    • In several scenes, background Dinosaurs aren't even animated, such as the Therizinosaurus when the baby Tarbosaurus runs into him.
  3. Obvious plagiarism:
    • Staring off, the Dinosaur designs are plagiarized:
      • The Tarbosaurus bare too much resemblence to the Tyrannosaurus from Jurassic Park down to the point of the skin color for the males and females.
      • Similarly, the Velociraptors are identical to the Jurassic Park III versions.
      • Other dinosaurs, such as the Protoceratops and Therizinosaurus look like they are taken from Chased By Dinosaurs.
    • Speaking of Walking With Dinosaurs, various scenes are similar, such as the scene where the mother Tarbosaurus regurgitates some meat for her hatchlings and the youngest is barred from eating by his siblings.
    • The sound effects are also similar to other documentaries, such as the Tarbosaurus roar being taken from the Carcharodontosaurus from Dinosaur Planet and the Tsintaosaurus calls are taken from the Stegosaurus from When Dinosaurs Roamed America.
    • On the topic of Dinosaur Planet, the story feels like a rejected episode, with several elements taken from The Ballad of Big Al.
  4. A lot of scenes make no sense, such as the Tsintaosaurus not being able to escape some Velociraptors even though he's about five times bigger, and the Tarbosaurus always roaring at their prey and startling them.
  5. The Paleontological accuracy is terrible:
    • Almost none of the Dinosaurs shown (except for Pukyongosaurus) were found in Korea, even though Korea, Japan, and Taiwan were connected with the Asian landmass at the time.
      • Tarbosaurus and Therizinosaurus were only found further inland in Mongolia and China and wouldn't even appear on the planet for another 10 million years.
      • Tarbosaurus and Protoceratops never coexisted. In fact, Protoceratops and Velociraptor never share screen time even though there's legit fossil evidence of confrontation between them.
      • The Pterosaur is named Haenamichnus even though the name actually belongs to a trace fossil.
      • Microraptor lived 120 million years ago in the Early Cretaceous, not 80 million years ago in the Late Cretaceous.
      • It's common knowledge that several Dinosaurs, including Velociraptor, have feathers or some sort of coating, but even the Pterosaurs lack fuzz.
    • The scene when India collides with Asia makes no sense:
      • For starters, India wouldn't collide with Asia for another 40 million years, long after the extinction of the Dinosaurs.
      • Second, this makes the error about the Himalayas in the opening even worse, as the space view of the planet showed that India already collided. This is an error not even the original Korean version can save.
  6. Excessive blood and gore that's way too cartoony and disgusting, especially when the Therizinosaurus impales the baby Tarbosaurus with his claws in a gruesome way.
  7. The Tsintaosaurus sounds (taken from the Stegosaurus from When Dinosaurs Roamed America) gets really annoying, especially when they're all making noise.

Good Qualities

  1. Several scenes are emotional, such as the scene when Patch's sibling dies of dehydration and starvation in the drought.
    • The ending of Part 1 where Patch's mother leaves him to fend for himself is also tear-jerking, with obvious influence from a similar scene in Walking With Beasts.
    • The ending where Patch dies of his wounds is also sad.
  2. Amazing music score by Lee Mi-Sung, from the rousing opening cue to the beautiful ending music.
  3. While the English dub is terrible, it does have some poetic lines such as "The night sky he saw for the last time still remains today".
  4. Beautiful and spectacular shots of the New Zealand landscape used to represent Cretaceous Korea, even if they're ruined by terrible CGI Dinosaurs & Pterosaurs.
  5. It's still better than another South Korean dinosaur movie Dino Time.
  6. While it's terrible as a documentary, it's still entertaining.
    • Some can even enjoy the alien-sounding narration of the English dub.
  7. The original Korean version narrated by Kim Do-Hyun is much better and more consistent.

Reception

RickRaptor105 described it as "Tarbosaurus: The Mightiest Rip-Off Ever" in his review.

Trivia

  1. The film is a spiritual prequel to Speckles: The Tarbosaurus.