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Kidsday meets 'Walking With Dinosaurs' star Justin Long

Kidsday reporters (l) Alayna Pavao Kylie Flanagan, Averie

Kidsday reporters (l) Alayna Pavao Kylie Flanagan, Averie Adam and JoJo Moosa of Sayville with actor Justin Long, who stars in the new movie "Walking With Dinosaurs." (Dec. 16, 2013) Credit: Newsday / Pat Mullooly

We went to see a preview screening of the new BBC Fox 3-D movie "Walking With Dinosaurs" earlier this week, featuring the voices of John Leguizamo and Justin Long. Even if you don't know a lot about dinosaurs, you will learn about different kinds from the movie because it teaches and entertains at the same time.

The movie is the story of a Pachyrhinosaurus, Patchi (voiced by Long), the runt of his dinosaur litter who grows from being tiny and helpless into a strong, powerful leader with the help of a little courage and his dinosaur bird friend, Alex (Leguizamo). The lesson Patchi learns is, don't die in vain. If you must die, do it for something that matters.

We enjoyed the movie. If Alex wasn't telling the story, it might have been a little boring. Alex was funny and also warned both the herd and the audience when a scary part was coming. It is a suspenseful movie with a few sad parts, a few scary parts, and even a little love story between Patchi and Juniper, another Pachyrhinosaurus from a different herd.

This is a story of friendship, trust, courage, leadership and triumph. One of our favorite parts was when Patchi's brother, Scowler, was being attacked by a Gorgosaurus. Scowler told Patchi to leave him to die and take the herd to safety. Patchi wasn't sure what to do because he didn't want to leave his brother, but he knew it was important to protect the herd. We don't want to give it away, but in this scene Patchi shows he has the heart of a lion.

We would give it a 4 out of 5 rating. After seeing the movie, we met with actor Justin Long. We had the greatest time with him, and here is part of our interview:

How long did it take to make the movie?

It took awhile. My involvement was very limited. I only did a little part of it because it was already animated and completed by the time I got hired to do the job. It took them years, and so many people and artists. Great artists working on all those details you see in the pterodactyls and the little hairs. It only took me a couple of weeks.

What is your favorite acting scene?

I like doing the stuff where he's triumphant at the end. Where he charges against the Gorgosaurus sword. It was fun. I felt like, in my own little way, I was in "Braveheart."

Is it harder to act in a voice-over movie or acting as a person?

I think it can be a little harder doing the on-camera acting, just because you have to be concerned a lot about other things, and, when you do a voice-over, we can just show up and you can wear whatever. There are challenges in both. I think doing voice-overs is a lot of fun because you can use your imagination, too.

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