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Speckles: The Tarbosaurus, also known as Tarbosaurus 3D or The Dino King in the US, is a computer-animated dinosaur film from South Korea.

About 70 million years ago, dinosaurs ruled the Korean Peninsula the same way they ruled the rest of the Earth. At that time, the part of the land now known as Jeonnam Yeosu was the forest habitat of a powerful carnivorous dinosaur: Tarbosaurus. The youngest of a family of Tarbosaurus, Speckles is a curious and playful child. Along with his mother and siblings, he lives happily in the forest, waiting patiently to learn to hunt. When that day arrives, it marks the beginning of a long and painful journey into adulthood for Speckles.

The cunning One-eye, an older Tyrannosaurus rex looking for a new home, attacks Speckles's herd one day and, smelling sure victory, viciously tears Speckles's family away from him. Now on his own, Speckles meets up with another lonely, lost Tarbosaurus. Blue Eyes becomes his constant companion for two decades and the mother of his own children. But fate is fickle and Speckles's troubles with One-eye are not over. Revenge, death, fear, and sadness are all in Speckles's future - as are happiness and hope.


Compare Dinosaur.

The film includes the following tropes:

  • Always a Bigger Fish: One-Eye meets his end by getting eaten by a Tylosaurus.
  • Anyone Can Die: You have no idea.
  • Artistic License – Paleontology:
    • Repenomamus is depicted as a little rodent-like mammal. In reality, it was one of the most badass Mesozoic mammals, being basically the Cretaceous equivalent of a honey badger (WHICH DOESN'T CARE), and is known to have eaten baby dinosaurs.
    • Anachronism Stew and Misplaced Wildlife all around (particularly, Tyrannosaurus in Korea). Could be Hand Waved by the fact that North America was connected to Asia via a land bridge.
    • The armored tyrannosaurids. While the exact covering of late Cretaceous tyrannosaurids is still debated, even the most scaly renditions don't allow for the crocodilian-like armored scutes the film's Tarbosaurus and Tyrannosaurus have.
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    • Hairless pterosaurs.
    • Wrong theropod hand postures (although the tyrannosaurids tend to un-pronate their hands).
    • Sparsely-feathered raptors and scaly Therizinosaurus, both of which would have likely been heavily feathered over all or most of their body.
    • One-Eye terrorizes Speckles' life for twenty years. He's already an adult when Speckles is an infant. Tyrannosaurs reached full size at around twenty, and died at around thirty. So One-Eye is at least ten years too old at the end of the movie, and yet he's still in his physical prime.
    • A 100-foot-long Tylosaurus?!
    • Not to mention One-Eye's level of intelligence. Granted, tyrannosaurs are believed to have been reasonably intelligent as giant carnivorous dinosaurs go, however it is rather difficult to believe they were smart enough to know how to purposefully start landslides and stampedes with the intention of killing their rivals.
      • They couldn't talk either obviously.
    • Haenamichnus is not an actual pterosaur genus - it's the fossilized track of ahzdarchid pterosaurs walking on all fours.
  • Attempted Rape: One-Eye tries to do this on Blue Eyes in one scene as Speckles stated that he was "looking for a mate." The fact that she's an entirely separate species of tyrannosaurid is apparently irrelevant.
  • Ax-Crazy: One-Eye acts this way when engaged in fights with carnivores he sees as a threat, killing them for the heck of it.
  • Behemoth Battle: Speckles, as an adult, engages in this with One-Eye more than once.
  • Big Bad: One-Eye.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Speckles finally defeats One-Eye. Though only one of his hatchlings survived and Blue Eyes is gone.
  • Captain Ersatz: One-eye's face design strongly resembles that of the Vastatosaurus rex from King Kong (2005).
  • Carnivore Confusion: Averted. Speckles is a carnivore and proud of it. Unlike Simba and Chomper, he neither befriends creatures who would be on his menu, nor does he resort to eating bugs to curb his canivorism. And he has no second thoughts about eating a pterodactyl's eggs or to have a bite or two of that delicious meat from the dinosaur killed by the Big Bad responsible for the deaths of his own family if it means taming his hunger.
  • Combat Pragmatist: One-Eye is shown to be highly capable of using his surroundings to his advantage when facing off against his prey, or his rivals.
  • Darker and Edgier: Compared to similar dinosaur-oriented films.
  • Disney Villain Death: Inverted, in that several protagonistic dinosaurs die in this way.
    • Subverted with One-eye. While the fall doesn't do him in, it's the giant mosasaurs that do.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The main villain causing a herd of clueless animals to run for their lives thus leading to the death of the protagonist's family? Never saw that before.
  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear: One-Eye meets his demise this way.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Speckles, who grows into an enormous Tarbosaurus.
  • Giant Flyer: Haenamichnus
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The Velociraptors manage to corner a herbivore in quicksand but this being quicksand they are quite unable to reach it without drowning themselves. The leader learns this the hard way.
    • The Therizinosaurus gets his claws stuck in a tree after he misses a swipe at One-eye, who dodged the attack right in time.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted. Several very small, and very young dinosaurs die over the course of the film.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: What is a Tyrannosaurus doing in prehistoric Korea? And for that matter, what are Torosaurus, Ankylosaurus, and Pachycephalosaurus doing in Korea as well?
    • Possibly due to land bridges that existed at that time of the Cretaceous Period.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: Played straight with Speckles and his family.
    • Definitely averted with One-Eye. He holds a murderous hatred of theropods he sees as a threat to his supremacy in territory.
  • Papa Wolf: Speckles becomes a protective father.
  • Ptero Soarer: Haenamichnus and Nemicolopterus are both hairless. They also have rather leathery wings - pterosaurs had complex wing membranes -, pointy wingtips and most mistakes seen in 70's pterosaurs. To make matters worse, they're depicted as fish eaters, when in reality they were terrestrial predators not unlike secretary birds.
  • Predation Is Natural: Speckles and his family are carnivores, and hunting is presented as something they regularly do to survive. One-Eye is not evil because he's a carnivore, but because he's a cunning, calculating sadist who wants to destroy his fellow predators.
  • Raptor Attack: While Microraptor is decently portrayed, Velociraptor is sparsely feathered. However, the concept art shows Velociraptor (mostly) covered in feathers so it may have been due to Executive Meddling.
    • Interestingly, the movie averts the part of the trope where the raptors are portrayed as scarily intelligent. Here, they have an almost suicidal disregard for their own safety. For instance, attacking something in quicksand, ignoring a huge saurpod carcass and attacking a still healthy (and much much larger than them" Tarbosaurus. This last time is especially stupid, as they die by the dozens, and still keep rushing in.
  • Sea Monster: Tylosaurus.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Tarbosaurus, Charonosaurus, Tsintaosaurus, Therizinosaurus, Torosaurus, Hypsilophodon, Microraptor, Pukyongosaurus, Repenomamus, Haenamichnusnote , and Nemicolopterus.
  • Stock Dinosaurs: Well, for starters there are Velociraptor about. A Tyrannosaurus is also the main antagonist. Ankylosaurus, Pachycephalosaurus, Protoceratops, and Tylosaurus appear as well.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: One-Eye, in a overblown case in which he terrorizes Speckles' life for over TWENTY years
  • Too Dumb to Live: Upon catching up to their victim slowly descending into the quicksand it had gotten itself into moments earlier, the leader of the velociraptor pack promptly jumps onto its back to finish the job... only to get stuck himself. The other raptors hesitate for barely five seconds before taking off as we cut to the leader drowning in the swamp.
  • Tyrannosaurus rex: One-Eye. Interestingly, its close relative Tarbosaurus gets the star billing.
  • Wolverine Claws: Therizinosaurus


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