YMMV / Dinotopia

  • So Okay, It's Average: The miniseries. Passable story, decent effects and David Thewlis is enjoyable as the antagonist (confusing motivation aside), but that's all it has going for it, especially if you're a fan of British comedian Lee Evans who is wasted as the talking dinosaur Zippo.
  • Special Effects Failure: The only decent looking effect in the TV miniseries is 26, and this is probably because they use practical effects with her as often as they use CGI. The rest are at best mediocre and at worst butt ugly.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids??: The first Dinotopia illustrated novel is a book with loads and loads of illustrations. And it involves talking dinosaurs. It never had a chance. Gurney has stated that his books are for all ages; he likes media where things can be enjoyed both at a shallow surface level and also when more thought is applied.
    • The spinoff novels on the other hand, are definitely meant for kids, though a few of them have crossover appeal. Have we mentioned the Knights of the Unrivaled?